The Daily Aggie :: 07/27/10

The 2010 WAC football media preview is underway in Salt Lake City. Yesterday the WAC's preseason polls were released and the Aggies were picked to finish 8th by both the coaches and media.

Aggie head coach DeWayne Walker was the first coach to address the media on day two. You can view his press conference here.

One other item of note coming out of the press conferences yesterday was the change to the WAC basketball tournament format. It's interesting that this change was announced because we asked Commissioner Benson about it less than a month ago in our interview with him and at that time he expected the current format to continue through the next two seasons. The new format places more of an emphasis on the regular season and rewards the top two seeds with byes all the way to the semifinals. It is the same format that is currently used by the West Coast Conference. One of the other benefits to the new format is that it also protects the two higher seeds from playing against the 7-seed and 8-seed and thereby not lowering their RPI (unless of course the 7-seed or 8-seed pulls upsets and makes it to the semifinals). Higher RPI could mean a higher seed in the NCAA tournament for the automatic qualifier. A higher RPI could also mean the difference between an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament and an NIT bid for a second team from the WAC.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks to a few players and Coach Walker about the preseason poll.

Jared Eborn of the Deseret News shares a few notes from the WAC football media preview.

Misc.
Andy Katz has a story about former St. Mary's assistant Kyle Smith. Sometimes someone's dream job isn't at a big name school.

Iliana Limon of the Orlando Sentinel takes a look at the current conference television contracts.

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