UW tie to historic Texas Western win over Kentucky

This year marks the 50-year anniversary that Texas Western (now known as UTEP) defeated Kentucky 72-66 to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

It was the first time in the history of the game that Texas Western started five black players.

Nevil Shed

Nevil Shed

Did you know one of those Texas Western players has a tie to the University of Wyoming?

Nevil Shed ended up being an assistant coach at UW in the 1970s for coach Moe Radovich. This information came from Jim Kearns, UW communications specialist. Kearns said Shed was likely one of the first, if not the first, black coaches at UW.

That game will be aired twice this week on ESPN networks, will full coverage of every basket. The first airing is at 5:30 p.m. MT on ESPN. It will re-air at 9 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2.

ESPN networks to carry MW football championship game

ESPN and the Mountain West have reached an agreement for rights to the conference’s annual football championship game, enhancing an existing multimedia pact through the 2019-20 season.

The MW title game, played at the site of the divisional champion with the highest College Football Playoff Selection Committee ranking, will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 every season, beginning with the 2015 matchup on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. MT on ESPN2.

The football title contest adds to an extensive deal, which began with the 2013 season, that provides ESPN with exclusive worldwide rights to televise up to 16 Mountain West football games, plus every Boise State home game, as well as up to 31 conference-controlled men’s basketball games annually.

According to the contract with the MW and ESPN, MW football teams that have regular-season games carried on ESPN or ESPN2 during the regular season receive appearance bonuses. If games are televised on Saturdays, each team receives a $500,000 appearance bonus. If the games are on days other than Saturday, they get $300,000.

A spokesperson from the MW office said Friday that there will be no appearances bonuses for teams that play in the MW championship game.

CBS televised last year’s title game, and the game was played at 8:15 p.m. MT — not good for fans or TV ratings.

A late afternoon kickoff is much better for everyone involved. ESPN exposure is always a good thing, although the appearance bonuses would have been even nicer for the schools involved.

Overall, this is a good move for the MW. What do you think, folks?


UW football to be on national TV six times in 2015

Wyoming’s¬†football game at San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 14 will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. MT.

The Mountain West released its football schedule of Saturday games that will be televised by CBS Sports Network and ESPN’s family of networks.

UW’s games at Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 10, versus Nevada Saturday, Oct. 17, at Boise State Saturday, Oct. 24 and versus Colorado State Nov. 7 will be carried on ESPN’s family of networks. However, which network and times for those games have yet to be determined.

If any of those games are televised on ESPN or ESPN2, UW and its opponent will receive a $500,000 appearance bonus per the Mountain West’s national television contract.

UW’s game at Utah State will be played on Friday, Oct. 30 and carried by ESPN2. Both schools will receive a $300,000 appearance bonus.

Question now is will UW get any more appearance bonuses for those games against Air Force, Nevada, Boise State and Colorado State. And, what will be the times for those games?

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No UW football games on national TV – yet

As of today, none of Wyoming’s football games this season will be televised nationally.

CBS Sports Network came out with its schedule today, and ESPN released its initial list of games a couple of weeks ago. There should be more games on ESPN’s family of networks announced at a later time. CBS Sports Network is the primary television rights holder for the Mountain West.

No surprise UW isn’t on any of those two national platforms. There isn’t a lot of demand for games for a team coming off a 4-8 record in 2012. New Mexico was the only other team not to get a game on CBSSN. UW, Colorado State and Hawaii didn’t make ESPN’s initial list of games.

I would expect the Cowboys’ season-opener at Nebraska on Aug. 31 to be picked up by the Big Ten Network, or possibly another national network. The Sept. 28 game at Texas State, which will be at 5 p.m. MST, could be picked up by the Longhorn Network.

As for other UW conference games, ROOT Sports could pick up a few. Its TV schedule has yet to be released.

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UW-Oklahoma Panhandle St. pregame notes

The Wyoming men’s basketball team hosts Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State at 2 p.m. Saturday in Laramie.

Should be an easy win for UW, but coach Larry Shyatt and the players don’t want to hear anything about that.

“It is off to the next challenge,” true freshman guard Josh Adams said. “This is our most important game because it is the next one. (The Illinois State) win meant a lot because people are always under rating us. We love being the underdog.”

The Cowboys’ RPI shot up to 33 after their 81-67 win at Illinois State on Tuesday. ESPN college basketball analyst Andy Katz described 9-0 UW as “legitimate.” Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com called UW “frauds” prior to the Illinois State game among the nation’s undefeated teams.

What do you think, folks, is Wyoming a contender or pretender, or do you need to see more before making that decision?

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Early UW-Texas Q&A

We’re three months away from Wyoming’s season-opener at Texas, but it’s never too early to talk college football.

Carter Strickland from ESPN asked me this week to answer five questions about Wyoming, so I asked him to answer five questions for me about Texas. So here it is. We start with my questions and his answers, followed by my answers to his questions. Be sure to follow Strickland on Twitter: @espnstrickland

Hope you enjoy it, and hope to hear your thoughts and opinions.

Texas returns one of the better defenses in the country. What are those strengths and are there some possible weaknesses Wyoming could exploit?Texas was the 11th in the country in overall defense last year and for a five-game stretch late in the season the only two defenses that were more productive were LSU and Alabama. The issue for Wyoming is that Texas is faster on defense this year and has much more depth across the line. The Longhorns added junior college transfer Brandon Moore as well as the top defensive tackle in the country Malcom Brown to the roster.  They will go 10-deep across the line with both defensive ends, Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat, being for sure NFL players in 2013.
The spot where Wyoming might be able to exploit Texas is at linebacker. Texas has two first time starters in Steve Edmond and Demarco Cobbs. While both have very good upside, they are not used to all the schemes called by defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. This could cause them to get out of their lanes every once in a while and if that happens, Wyoming needs to exploit it.
The secondary is very tough and returns three of four starters, including two corners, Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs, who are considered two of the best in the Big 12.

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