By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
LAS VEGAS — Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore called his summer of 2011 “busy, but a lot of fun.”
Starting in May, Moore got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, attended the Manning Passing Academy as a camp counselor, attended the Elite 11 quarterback camp as a camp counselor, got married and spent three days in Las Vegas for Mountain West media days.
Coach Chris Petersen doesn’t seem concerned about the distractions, but he did have a little advice for Moore this week.
“I hope when you get back you’re going to sit on top of a mountain somewhere and meditate and catch your breath,” Petersen said he told Moore.
“The good thing is Kellen is such a football junkie that I don’t think those things work against him,” Petersen said. “He’s in his environment (at the camps).”
Moore proposed to Julie Wilson in May and they were married Saturday in Park City, Utah. He proposed on the front porch of the Moore home in Prosser, Wash., where they had their first kiss. The couple began dating when Moore was a high school sophomore.
About 120 people attended the wedding, which was held out of the public spotlight.
“We just wanted to have fun and get the people that are close to us there,” Moore said.
I’ll have more on Moore’s summer in Thursday’s newspaper.
Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson didn’t break any major news Wednesday, but he did drop several interesting tidbits on the reporters at media days. Here are some highlights, excluding expansion, which Brian Murphy covered here.
— The value of the Mountain West TV deal hasn’t changed despite the membership changes and Thompson doesn’t expect it will. This year, the eight members will receive close to $1.5 million each. The 10-year contract is worth $12 million per year on average, but the annual amount increases throughout the contract. The Mountain West also receives performance bonuses. It got $1.5 million last year for TCU winning the Rose Bowl and more than $1 million for BCS appearances by TCU in 2009 and Utah in 2008.
— New Mexico president David Schmidly will represent the Mountain West at the NCAA presidents retreat next month. The presidents will discuss potential NCAA reform. Thompson is particularly concerned about the finances of college football. The average budget in the Mountain West has increased 124 percent in 11 years, to $38 million. “Everyone is in agreement that it cannot continue as it is,” Thompson said of the spending spree. “… We’re in an unbelievable arms race.” Thompson also isn’t happy about the NCAA’s enforcement structure and penalties. “The enforcement process is a little antiquated to say the least,” he said. “… We need to get stronger enforcement policies and make it a real penalty.”
— The Mountain West will take part in a summit next month in Indianapolis to discuss the potential for airing high school sports events on networks run by schools or conferences. That’s a response to the Longhorn Network’s plan to show high school football games. Thompson indicated The Mtn. could follow the Longhorn Network’s lead if Texas opens the door. “I don’t think there’s any way on this Earth it’s going to happen that they can carry televised prep events,” Thompson said.
— Asked about Dish Network’s refusal to carry The Mtn., Thompson said, “If I was a Dish subscriber, I would change.”
— The Mountain West is working on its plans for future conference football schedules. For 2012 and 2013, schools were allowed to protect two rivalries. The Mountain West declined to say which two games Boise State protected. The Broncos will miss Air Force in those years, which was decided randomly. For future years, schools likely will only be able to protect one game because to protect more could create situations where teams play the same opponent on the road in consecutive years and other issues. It’s possible, in fact, that the league will stop at protecting three obvious rivalry games — UNLV-Nevada, Colorado State-Wyoming and Fresno State-San Diego State. “I suspect everyone will be able to protect one game,” Thompson said. The league is trying to get the schedule situation figured out soon because it could affect how teams handle their non-conference schedules.
— The Mountain West presidents aren’t interested in a merger with Conference USA. “Our presidents have pretty much put that one to bed, but there’s still several people in Conference USA who would like to engage us in a big, ol’ league of 20-something,” Thompson said.
— Versus will be rebranded as “NBC Sports something” in January, Thompson said.
— The Mountain West can add a bowl partner next year under NCAA rules. That likely will be the Hawaii Bowl, not the Humanitarian Bowl. “We have a framework proposal from the Hawaii Bowl on our desk but haven’t presented it to the athletic directors yet,” Thompson said. “I would suspect that will be probably where they will turn to vs. the Humanitarian.”
Former Boise State fullback Richie Brockel plans to sign with the Carolina Panthers on Friday. He was with the San Diego Chargers last year.