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Friday links feast: Albuquerque’s mess now a flat-out disaster

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New Mexico coach Mike Locksley, shown here during his team’s 41-6 loss to Texas A&M last season, is seeing his problems pile up quickly so far in his tenure with the Lobos.

From now on, you'll be able to get this here each Friday — links. Lots of links.

I'll bring you some reports from around the Mountain West Conference. Plain and simple. No greens fees. No tickets necessary. Nothing. Gratis. Enjoy.

— News of Mike Locksley's altercation with one of his assistants was bad enough for the Mountain West's worst team. But now, they'll have to soldier on without their best defensive player. A potential winless season in Albuquerque is looking more and more likely by the day. Especially this week.

— BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall has become a fan of playing Utah State every year — a series set before he even got the job in Provo. I'm sure the fact that BYU is 2-0 against the Aggies under Mendenhall (by a combined score of 72-14, to boot) has him feeling OK heading into Friday's game.

— Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs and Air Force signal-caller Tim Jefferson will renew a high school rivalry this weekend when the two service academies meet. But the meeting is also significant in another way for both the Atlanta area products and the academies in general.

— One word sums up how things have gone for Wyoming coach Dave Christensen since last Saturday's 30-27 victory over UNLV: Ouch! But it's OK. He'll be on the field with the Cowboys on the road at Florida Atlantic this weekend.

— While the BCS might be secretly grinning if it happened, if SMU somehow upsets TCU this weekend (again), well, for the Mountain West Conference — now banking on the Horned Frogs to get the big payday — it would, um, suck.

— Football took a back seat for a couple of Utah's players who hail from American Samoa.

— A trip to Idaho's Kibbie Dome is an experience for any visiting team. For Colorado State, it's certainly a change of pace given its 2009 road experiences so far.

— Combining the current economic status and a program trying to find its legs under a first-year coach, this can't feel good.

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