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Kickoff time for Nevada-Air Force adjusted

RENO, Nev. - The kickoff time for Nevada's game on Sept. 28 against Air Force has been moved to 5:05 p.m.

The game was originally scheduled for a 4:35 p.m. kickoff but was moved back 30 minutes to accommodate for the national television broadcast by CBS Sports Network. The game will mark the first ever trip by Air Force to Mackay Stadium.

2013 Mountain West Football Media Days Photo Gallery

The 2013 Mountain West Football Media Days event concluded today at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Head coach Brian Polian, quarterback Cody Fajardo, and defensive tackle Jordan Hanson attended the event for Nevada, where interviews and photo/video shoots took place in preparation for the upcoming season.

Take a look at a few behind the scenes pictures of the event here.

Another Pack football game to be televised

RENO, Nev. - An 11th Nevada football game has been added to the television schedule as the Wolf Pack's Mountain West opener on Sept. 21 will be broadcast by Time Warner Oceanic, the Mountain West announced.

Kickoff for the game has been set for 5:05 p.m. at Mackay Stadium.

The game will be carried on a pay-per-view basis by Time Warner Oceanic in Hawaii and the coverage will be made available on the new Mountain West Digital Network. Carriage by additional networks is possible and more information will be forthcoming.

The only game on Nevada's 12-game slate not currently scheduled for television broadcast at this point is the home opener on Sept. 7 against UC Davis.

Click here for Nevada's 2013 schedule, including kickoff times (if known) and television info.


Hall of Famer John Polish Passes Away

Today, the 10 members of the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame committee plan to meet to start selecting the next class of talented former student-athletes and coaches who will join that prestigious group this fall.

But as we prepare for that meeting, we learned this morning that a member of that prestigious Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame, John Polish, passed away on Monday at the age of 95.

John Polish was truly a legendary athlete in the state of Nevada, not just for his accomplishments as a football and track athlete at the University of Nevada from 1938-42. His exploits in high school were well-known and his lasting impact is still felt today as the top athlete at Yerington High School receives the John Polish Award. Below is a photo of Polish in action, carrying the ball in a 1940 game against BYU.

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Polish was a member of the second class inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in 1974. The press release at the time said this about him:

"Considered one of Nevada's top all-time high school athletes, John Polish entered the University of Nevada in the late 30s to star in football and track. Raised in Yerington, Nevada, Polish was a sensation at his high school. He was a super-gridder, good basketball player and did everything in track -- sprints, hurdles, weights, jumps. Although hampered at Nevada by injuries, Polish led the Wolf Pack in competition in the late 1930s. He was a hard-running halfback in football and a superb punter. In track, Polish won Far Western Conference titles in weights, jumps and hurdles."

After his college career was over, Polish went on to a career of public service, spending over 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He also served in the Nevada State Legislature. He continued to attend the yearly Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner when he could.

Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote a great story on Polish in today's paper. Our condolences go out to Polish's friends and family.
Is there a better school at developing NFL talent than Nevada? Not among non-BCS schools according to research at Emory University.
Nevada, which has had nine NFL draft picks over the past three years is the top non-BCS school in the nation when it comes to converting talent to NFL draft picks.
Click here for the rankings and an explanation on their formula.

Inaugural Chili Cook-Off a big success

Holly Aycock, Nevada's director of marketing and promotions, recaps the Chili Cook-Off:
The inaugural Wolf Pack Chili Cook-Off was held before 2013 Wolf Pack Silver and Blue Spring Game, presented by Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, on Saturday, April 20th.  Nine groups entered the chili cook off: Team Roberts; Moto Mud; The Hot Beans; Big Thick Steaming Bowl of Wolf Brand Chili; Battle Born, Tailgate Ready; Aultitude Tailgating; Wolf Pack Gridiron Chili; Spring Loaded Chili; and Nevada Cheer.

The morning of the Chili Cook-Off, you could smell chili in the air and before the judging, the Nevada Band and Cheer Team entertained all the tailgaters. Judges for the Chili Cook-Off were Keith Hackett and Rory Hickok (Senior Associate Athletics Directors), head soccer coach Missy Price, head volleyball coach Ruth Lawanson, News Channel 4's Alyx Sacks, Wolfie Jr. and Alphie. Each of the chili was judged on aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste. All of the judges did a great job and enjoyed everyone's chili. 

The scores were tabulated and all contestants were invited down to the field at halftime of the game. The winner by just one-half of a point, was Battle Born, Tailgate Ready. Spring Loaded Chili took second place and Moto Mud was third place.

Battle Born, Tailgate Ready was presented the ultimate chili trophy to be displayed at their tailgates before every home football game.  The title also comes with bragging rights for your fellow Wolf Pack tailgaters. 
 

Nevada has strong history in the NFL Draft

The Nevada Wolf Pack brand has become a fixture when it comes to the NFL Draft, which begins tonight and runs through Saturday.
Over the past two years, seven Nevada players have heard their names called at the draft, including a school-record four players last year when James-Michael Johnson (Browns), Brandon Marshall (Jaguars), Isaiah Frey (Bears) and Rishard Matthews (Dolphins) were all selected.
In all, 41 Wolf Pack players have been selected in the history of the draft. And a number of Pack players are hoping to hear their names called this week to add to the number, including Duke Williams, Zach Sudfeld, Khalid Wooten, Chris Barker, Jeff Nady, Stefphon Jefferson, Jeremiah Green, Albert Rosette and Nick Hale.
But the draft isn't the only road to the NFL. Sometimes, going undrafted works out in a player's favor because he might be able to pick from more than one offer as a free agent and select the situation that fits him the best.
A number of Nevada players have made it to the NFL without being draft, including Josh Mauga, Jonathon Amaya and Harvey Dahl.
 Here's Nevada's NFL Draft history:
Year    Rd.    Pick    Player    Pos.    Team
2012    4    120    James-Michael Johnson    LB    Cleveland Browns
2012    5    142    Brandon Marshall    LB    Jacksonville Jaguars
2012    6    184    Isaiah Frey    DB    Chicago Bears
2012    7    227    Rishard Matthews    WR    Miami Dolphins
2011    2    36    Colin Kaepernick    QB    San Francisco 49ers
2011    3    66    Dontay Moch    LB    Cincinnati Bengals
2011    7    204    Virgil Green    TE    Denver Broncos
2009    7    243    Marko Mitchell    WR    Washington Redskins
2007    5    151    Jeff Rowe    QB    Cincinnati Bengals
2006    5    165    Tony Moll    G    Green Bay Packers
2004    3    86    Jorge Cordova    LB    Jacksonville Jaguars
2004    5    149    Maurice Mann    WR    Cincinnati Bengals
2003    3    71    Nate Burleson    WR    Minnesota Vikings
1998    4    108    DeShone Myles    MLB    Seattle Seahawks
1998    6    172    John Dutton    QB    Miami Dolphins
1998    6    175    James Cannida    DT    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1996    2    31    Alex Van Dyke    WR    New York Jets
1993    5    117    Forey Duckett    CB    Cincinnati Bengals
1993    7    196    Brock Marion    DB    Dallas Cowboys
1991    7    189    Bernard Ellison    CB    Kansas City Chiefs
1991    9    233    Treamelle Taylor    WR    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1990    12    331    Demetrius Davis    TE    Los Angeles Raiders
1989    8    196    Charvez Foger    RB    Dallas Cowboys
1989    9    230    Patrick Egu    RB    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1987    5    135    Henry Rolling    LB    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1986    3    68    Patrick Hunter    DB    Seattle Seahawks
1984    2-supp.    45    Derek Kennard    G    St. Louis Cardinals
1984    1-supp.    27    Tony Zendejas    K    Washington Redskins
1984    1-supp.    20    Al Williams    WR    Detroit Lions
1983    3    84    Charles Mann    DE    Washington Redskins
1981    5    136    Eric Sanders    T    Atlanta Falcons
1981    10    276    Frank Hawkins    RB    Oakland Raiders
1978    6    163    Doug Betters    DE    Miami Dolphins
1952    13        Pat Brady    QB    New York Giants
1951    16        Dick Afflis    OT    Green Bay Packers
1949    1        Stan Heath    QB    Green Bay Packers
1949    8        Dan Orlich    DE    Green Bay Packers
1947    2        Bill Mackrides    QB    Philadelphia Eagles
1947    23        Tom Kalmanir    HB    Pittsburgh Steelers
1946    3        Bob McClure    G    Boston Yanks
1945    24        Don Talcott    T    Philadelphia Eagles

Zach Sudfeld, Live In Concert

In the interests of full disclosure, I have never heard Zach Sudfeld sing or play the guitar. Yet, I urge Pack fans to come out tonight to see the Wolf Pack grad (twice over - he earned his Master's degree in December) do just that.

Sudfeld overcame a slew of injuries during his six years at Nevada, coming back stronger than ever each time to enjoy a tremendous senior season that saw him earn all-conference honors from the Mountain West while being named a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award.

Along the way, while rehabbing from one of those injuries, Sudfeld taught himself how to play the guitar. And then he started singing. And then a teammate urged him to try an open mic night at a local establishment and Sudfeld did just that last summer. He put the music on hold during the season but has picked it back up now as he trained for next week's NFL Draft.

Tonight (9:30 p.m. at the Corkscroo) Sudfeld will play and sing one last time before the draft. I've heard he's pretty good. You'll get a chance to see for yourself tonight. And, at the very least, you'll be supporting one of the nicest and most genuine human beings I've ever been around and a great representative of our athletics department and university.

Spring Football Update (Video)

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team recently had its first Spring scrimmage this past weekend.

We caught up with Coach Polian after Monday's practice to get his thoughts on the scrimmage, some positives he took away from it, and what to expect this week and in the second scrimmage on Saturday.

Check out the video here.

Spring football update (video)

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team is just over a quarter of the way through spring drills after Monday's spirited workout at Wolf Pack Park.

We asked first-year Coach Brian Polian to give us an update on what he's seen so far in spring practice.

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