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Mid-Major Minutes: UNLV, WHAT HAVE YOU CREATED?

Unfortunately there’s no news about giant Gonzaga recruits today.

Good morning! If you’re reading this, you’re clearly starting your day off right with an effort to better yourself by becoming more educated about the goings-on in the mid-major world.

In a landscape so dominated by the biggest schools and conferences, it’s quite hard to winnow down the information you want and need to hear about your favorite mid-major programs.

Thankfully, Mid-Major Madness is here to aggregate the news and links for you, providing you with a brand-new, daily post about the world of mid-major hoops.


#Content to Read

UNLV’s new logo is here (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

That’s about the nicest thing I can say about this logo. While there are many things wrong with it, from the hodgepodge of shapes and lines to the fact that it takes a minute for your eyes to adjust and see the mustachioed rebel within it, perhaps its greatest fault is that it’s so unnecessary.

I’m serious. UNLV’s logo was already great, and it was iconic. Its Yosemite Sam-esque visage was incredibly unique and recognizable. Now we have this nightmare to live with.

The newspaper posted the following image explaining the logo:

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Now, I’m no graphic design expert, but shouldn’t the purpose and general, oh, I don’t know, look of your logo be pretty clear?

Why Tim Cluess hasn’t landed a big job...yet (FanRag Sports)

Friend of the site Jon Rothstein wrote a lengthy post exploring why Tim Cluess — noted sideline patroller and success-haver at Iona — has been there for so long. Now, Rothstein certainly has a point. After all, Cluess has spent many seasons with the Gaels proving himself as a coach who clearly has what it takes to win.

Rothstein even points this out:

The 58-year old Cluess has led the Gaels to four NCAA Tournament appearances since 2011 while never winning less than 20 games in each of his seven seasons in New Rochelle, a feat that no other men’s basketball coach in the history of the MAAC has been able to achieve.

In the three years — 2011, 2014, 2015 — that Iona didn’t reach the field of 68 under Cluess, it lost in the MAAC Tournament title game.

Cluess deserves his shot at the big time, but if he’s content with Iona, so be it. Let him be happy!

BYU lands a solid commitment from a JUCO guard (Vanquish the Foe)

Kajon Brown, a guard who spent the last year in New Orleans, is headed for a bit of a different climate as he has decided to join Dave Rose & Co. at BYU. The Cougars are picking up a solid role player who can assist BYU in its attempt to unseat the WCC’s de facto 1 & 2 for 2017: Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.

As Robby McCombs observed:

Brown brings athleticism and depth to BYU’s backcourt. An explosive leaper, Brown will counted on to bring more versatility off BYU’s bench. More than just jumping, Brown will also be expected to use his athleticism to beef up BYU’s defense.


Tweets of Interest

Cal Extreme Ben Goren fanboy lost his bet with Ben

Multiple Belmont players were discussing the Rick Byrd photos post, arguing about whom he yelled at most.

Hey! That’s a nice jersey!

I’m here for every UNLV logo joke. Even the ones about regional automotive repair shops that I’m not familiar with. Especially those.

My state is wild

I found SOMEONE who actually likes the UNLV logo. No clue if they work for the athletic department or not.

Set those DVRs

Tough break for the Flyers

Good for Jameel Warney, a favorite of ours!

These campers are learning from the best!


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