Boise State Track Has An Image Problem

A former Women’s Track and Field athlete at BSU has filed a lawsuit accusing the University of being in violation of Title IX because they took no action after two complaints of harassment and rape had been made against a male athlete by two different women.

Here comes the nauseating part:

“Coach Hardy said that he could not help her because she had consumed a minor amount of alcohol before the rape,” Allred wrote in the lawsuit. “He failed to inform her of her right to file a criminal complaint against the BSU perpetrator, and even failed to provide her with information regarding available mental health services.”

This is the second woman that former coach J.W. Hardy gave this line to in response to them telling him that another member of their team wouldn’t listen to the word no and raped them.  The lawsuit also claims that the male athlete would often slap them on the butt, make lewd faces, and generally make practice a hellacious environment for his victims.

Some might believe that it couldn’t be that bad to be raped and then have to face the guy every day; that victims must “want it” somehow. She was drinking at the time of the assault. Not too much of a stretch to think they both were. Maybe she was wearing a short skirt or a low cut top. Maybe both! And lipstick! She was probably talking to her teammates, having a good time. Maybe she liked her attacker. Maybe they were flirting. None of those things are of any consequence whatsoever in this case. This case is about a woman going to her coach who she most likely trusts, opening up and saying out loud that someone took advantage of her and is now being an antagonistic jerk about it, and being told that because she was drinking, the university couldn’t help. He couldn’t help.

Hardy’s contract was not renewed in 2013. That means that he knew for over a year and did nothing. My question, and the one that Boise State is going to have to answer, is who knew? Who else looked around the track program and saw nothing wrong? How many assistant coaches? How many graduate assistants?  How many assumed that this behavior was okay? Because the lady is about to get her and her high powered lawyer very paid if that number is more than 4 – the perpetrator, the victims, and Coach Hardy.

Boise State Track and Field has an image problem. This isn’t the first lawsuit BSU is going to have to settle on their behalf. In 2008, Amy Christoffersen, an assistant (in fact the only female) coach sued because she was being paid roughly $15,000 a year less than male assistants with less experience. The difference between twenty thousand dollars a year and thirty five thousand dollars a year is the poverty line. She got tasked with anything deemed secretarial, like booking travel, keeping track of meal money, and keeping financial records. She was also demoted after 9 years from assistant coach to insurance coordinator. Of course, this was under Head Coach Mike Maynard, but this was the lawsuit that launched the NCAA investigation that would take both the coach’s job, as well as the AD who built the joint, Gene Bleymeyer, now the AD at SJSU. It would also find violations in Tennis, Track, and Football. (Admittedly, football’s violations were the ridiculous Cheeseburger and Couchgate.)

Boise State is going to have to answer some questions before the image issue corrects. Is this just leftover misogynistic residue from the previous AD? Has everyone associated with the Boise State Track Program who let this go on been disciplined and up-trained or just fired? Can we hear from someone who isn’t a man who works inside the Athletic Department truthfully discuss the current state of that office? Because if this ass patting testosterone fest is still the daily, there is a big issue that has to be resolved before Boise State can call itself “a metropolitan university of distinction.”

Getting Behind BTN Hall-of-Famer Scott Jorgensen

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Scott Jorgensen is a lot of things, a 3x Pac-10 wrestling champion, former #1 contender, BTN Hall-of-Fame inductee, and undoubtedly one of the most exciting fighters in MMA history. However, tomorrow night this former Boise State star could very well be fighting for his future in the premier MMA organization in the world, the UFC. Jorgensen is coming off back-to-back loses and loses in 4 of his last 5 bouts. And though many including myself would point to the fact that 3 of those 4 loses have come against guys who are either champion, former champion, or #1 contender’s, the UFC tends to have little sympathy or care about such things. The UFC is a cut-throat business where a losing streak often means walking papers.

There is no doubt Scott Jorgensen is aware of this fact. Overall, I am pretty sure he is probably tired of addressing these questions all together. My purpose in writing this article in fact is not even to rehash these issues over and over again. My point in writing this was to make Bronco Nation aware that one of our own is going into battle tomorrow and they should tune in. The fight itself will be on Fox Sports 1 between 3 and 5pm. But even if you can’t catch the fight don’t hesitate to send Jorgensen some well wishes on Twitter (@ScottJorgensen). Jorgensen is one of our own, he wrestled at Boise State, and still trains here today. He has opened a gym in Boise, and has spent a lot of time giving back to the community. It is time for Boise to support one of our own.

Good luck Scott, the Blue Turf Nation has your back!

Boise State Football Spring Preview

It seems like its been an eternity since Chris Petersen stunned #BroncoNation the morning of December 6th when it was announced that after years of speculation, he finally took another head coaching job. It only took a week for Bob Kustra and Mark Coyle to find their man to replace Pete, but it certainly didn’t feel that way to Broncos fans.

Since then lots has changed. Bryan Harsin and his young staff shocked Broncos fans by getting commitments from 4-star prospects Dylan Sumner-Gardner and Chase Blakley, showing everyone the kind of recruiting prowess and potential this staff has. Now that the recruiting games are somewhat over (at least for this recent class), the staff can finally pause their recruiting efforts to coach football! The Broncos hit the field for the first time under Harsin tomorrow morning, and unfortunately if you’re expecting a ton of news and updates from the local media, you will be a bit disappointed. Harsin is keeping things on the down low, possibly to keep the Broncos scheme anonymity intact until after the Ole Miss game.

Updates or no updates, the team will be practicing, and there is lots to sort out…..here are some things to keep an eye on this spring, and going forward into summer workouts and fall camp.

The QB “Battle” – It is natural that with a coaching change, every position is open for the taking. That said, Harsin and the coaches have made it clear that RS-Senior QB Grant Hedrick is the leader in the clubhouse. I know fans have a bad taste in their mouths about last season, and Grant was far from perfect, but he did some good things. Hedrick finished the 2013 season with a passing efficiency rating that ranked 23rd nationally at 150.0. Hedrick struggled with turnovers, often at bad times (ugh….that SDSU pick-6)…but 1825 passing yards, 22 total TDs, and 5 INTs in only 6 total starts isn’t exactly terrible either. Grant earned the right to be the “incumbent”. That said, nobody is guaranteed anything. Grant will have to fend off JC-transfer Tommy Stuart, who impressed fans with his highlight tape and has done nothing his entire life but exceed expectations. He won’t concede that starting spot without a fight. RS-Freshman Ryan Finley will attempt to compete as much as he can, but Harsin has warned that they’ll need to bring him along at a slower pace with Finley coming off of surgery. Put all that together, and the details suggest Hedrick will be a heavy favorite to win the job, but nonetheless fans will pay very close attention to the QBs come the spring game.

Will the future play-makers please stand up! – Jay Ajayi, Matt Miller, Shane Williams-Rhodes….fans know who the stars of today are on this Bronco offense. Jay and Shane however are already juniors and Matt Miller is a senior! The Broncos are in need of some future play-makers to step up and make a name for themselves. Unfortunately the RB depth behind Jay Ajayi is a little cluttered with Aaron Baltazar’s unfortunate departure (sigh). From Charles Bertoli, to Devan Demas, to Jack Fields, to Derrick Thomas…I swear all of these RBs have had bright spots, but none have solidified that #2 or #3 RB spot in the rotation much like Jeremy Avery and D.J. Harper did behind Doug Martin. You can take your pick, all of them have talent. But someone needs to stand up behind Jay Ajayi and establish themselves.

The same can be said for the WR position. Matt Miller and SWR were awesome last season, but whoa boy does production fall off a statistical cliff after those two. The Broncos cannot continue to rely solely on these two in 2014, or 2015 will present some serious concerns at WR. Fortunately, there are lots of talented candidates waiting in the wings. A.J. Richardson is one of the more highly rated WRs to ever commit to Boise State. Tanner Shipley and Thomas Sperbeck both impressed during last August’s fall scrimmage. Troy Ware had some good moments last season sans fumble vs. Oregon State. Much like the RB spot, the talent is there….but who will step up? Junior Adams will have a fun time sorting through this crew. With SWR taking it easy coming back from surgery, the opportunity is there.

O-Line depth to be tested – Also noted in Chadd Cripe’s linked notes from the Statesmen is the fact that Rees Odhiambo will sit this spring out as a precautionary measure. Meaning Marcus Henry will be the only returning starter from 2013 to participate this spring. Travis Averill, Mario Yakoo, Steven Baggett, among others come into spring with some experience. This is a very talented group who will benefit from lots of reps this spring. Winning football games derives from how you play in the trenches. If the Broncos want to hit the ground running on offense in 2014, this O-Line unit will need to gel quickly.

Can Yates fix the Bronco Defense? – Joe Southwick this, Robert Prince that…..Grant Hedrick that, Robert Prince this…..talk about the offense all you like, the reason the Broncos struggled in 2013 is because the defense took a tremendous step backwards. The days of abusing opponents upfront and suffocating passing games under a dominant secondary appeared to be a thing of the past. Marcel Yates said it was hard to watch film of last season. LOL You’re telling us……everyone struggled. Freshman LBs Tanner Vallejo and Ben Weaver provide optimism, and inserting more depth with Joey Martarano coming into the fold is exciting. But this entire defensive unit sucked. No getting around it. The secondary has come under a ton of scrutiny from media and fans. Whether it was a scheme issue or talent issue is what we’ll begin to unravel this spring with Yates taking over. The introduction of stud recruit Dylan Sumner-Gardner and many redshirt corners like Dionza Blue and Cameron Hartsfield to name a few, should light a fire under this unit. Nobody’s spot is safe. The secondary battle, more than any other group, should be intense as Marcel begins to rebuild this unit. They know what happened last season was not satisfactory. Time to fix it.

The Broncos lose very few starters on defense going into spring. In fact, only two really. Unfortunately, those two are Demarcus Lawrence and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe. Outside of Armand Nance, nobody really has an inside track on the D-Line starting spots. Kamalei Correa, Gabe Perez, Beau Martin, among other DEs figure to fight for those spots. RS-Freshman DT Nick Terry was one of the most highly rated DTs Boise State has ever landed. Can he potentially be our next 4-year starter at DT? God I hope so. The Broncos desperately need play-makers at DT to stand up. Nance has been very good, but he cannot do it all himself. The Broncos need to be four deep. Can the likes of Taimatuia, Terry, Ash, etc. take that next step? To return to national prominence, the Broncos will need to recapture their dominant ways on the D-Line.

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Coach Harsin has challenged fans to break the 20,000 fans barrier at the spring game. The theme of this spring seems to be everyone needing to step up. The Broncos need young talent to step up at all positions, and the fans need to step up too. Coach Pete made it clear that things began to go stale here in Boise, even for him. The Broncos have every intention to kick this funk and fans need to do the same. We need to break that 20,000 barrier for the spring game and then attempt to sell-out every home game next fall. This is a team effort and we need to help this young team and staff as much as we can. There is a lot of mystery surrounding this 2014 Boise State football team. Lets start off things on the right note…

Go Broncos!!! #BleedBlue #Project20K

Stars Don’t Always Matter In Recruiting

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It is recruiting season and with that a lot of fans have had their eyes on who may or may not be a future Bronco. The game is typically played by fans looking at recruiting sites, checking to see who has offered a player – specifically how many “big” schools have offered him. Then, after that, you look up and see those little yellow stars next to a player’s name. So much is said about a player based on those little yellow stars, but in reality it doesn’t always tell the whole story. Now don’t get me wrong, I was as excited as anybody when I saw we flipped a 4 star player from Texas A&M. But as recruiting has drawn on and time has passed, a lot of things have become apparent – this staff is going to have to find some of those guys who don’t have big offers, or 4 stars. They are going to have to do it the way we/BSU got here, that is finding the guys who don’t have all the offers, but they have a chip and a ton of potential nobody else sees. Think about this – think about the picture I have placed at the top of this article. Ryan Clady, Jeron Johnson, Ian Johnson, Shea McClellin, and Kyle Wilson were deemed to not be worthy of a ranking.They were just some kids looking to play football at a D-1 school.

I write this article not to try and lower expectations for fans and recruiting. I simply write it as a reminder to myself and anyone who reads it, that stars are nice. But kids who want to prove the world wrong can be just as rewarding long-term. This program was built on “no names” who went out and made the world recognize who they are. Perhaps, this class will simply be another group who has to prove the world wrong. Maybe the next guy who signs his letter of intent to play at Boise without stars by his name will simply be the next 1st round draft choice from Boise State.

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Rock Their Faces Off – How To Be A Better Basketball Fan

Photo via @CorralBoise

Earlier this week, the Bronco Men’s basketball team got handed a heartbreaking loss at The Pit at New Mexico. One thing that immediately stood out in relief to the game at The Pavilion Taco Bell Arena the weekend prior was the crowd participation and general antics of the fans.

At The Pit, Lobos fans stand until the opposing team scores their first basket. Their student section is loud and raucous, jumping around, chanting, yelling, and being obnoxious to opposing teams, doing things like booing a player every time they touch the ball for an entire game. Derrick Marks was their target Wednesday, and while he seemed to shrug it off, it was the talk of Bronco fans on Twitter all night. The rest of the crowd at The Pit is loud and crazy, and it makes for a truly difficult place to win for opposing teams.

After much discussion (thanks @janyewestt,  @mc0le, and @iamtbate), it was determined that Broncos fans, while doing a great job “Stuffing the Taco” as of late, are a little rusty with their basketball cheering skills. Can’t blame ‘em, the end of the Greg Graham era was painful, and we’re just now hitting a recovery stride as a fan base.

So, here are 10 tips for the newly converted hoops fans out there:

  1. At football games, we make it a point to be quiet while our guys are on offense. During basketball games, it’s key to make sure we are as quiet as we can get while our guys are at the free throw line. No chanting, no cheering…just silence. Free throws are hard enough without crowd distractions.
  2. When the other team is at the line though, get NASTY loud. Consider it the equivalent of a football 3rd and long. The more they miss, the better our guys have it out there. Not only do missed free throws mean fewer points, they also add a layer of indescribable frustration and can swing a game’s momentum.
  3. Students, these next two are for you. The Corral is right in front of the opposing bench. Get obnoxious during time outs – you can drown out their coach and make it difficult to draw up plays. Don’t be afraid to get personal – that dude with the ginger Kid and Play do that played for Utah State was just asking for the entire student section to be on him all the time.
  4. GET UP AND GET LOUD! Watch this and tell me it doesn’t look like a hell of a lot of fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHP8JYy0XmU The #1 complaint I hear at both football and basketball games are from fans who want to stand but get admonished by those around them to sit down. Unacceptable! (Extenuating circumstances happen though – if the person behind you is physically incapable of standing, than feel free to be nice and sit so they can see. If they’re just sitting there messing with their phone and acting disengaged…well, you know.)
  5. Bronco fans are very good at the one Boise! State! chant. However, there are lots more out there, and if the student section or cheerleaders start one, don’t feel silly to join in at the top of your lungs.
  6. Did a Bronco hit the deck for a hustle play like going after a loose ball or taking a charge? Reward him for it with the power of your voices!
  7. Did a Bronco just steal a ball, get a block, a rebound, hit a big shot, or get a nasty dunk? Reward them for that too.
  8. Mountain West refs are notoriously bad. Let ‘em know – booing isn’t illegal for a terrible call.
  9. Learn the lyrics to the fight song and sing along. Start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPOlNdlKvz0
  10. Have fun and go nuts! My favorite moments and most special memories at Bronco Stadium are when it’s the loudest. Being inside that place is deafening at times, and Taco Bell Arena should be no different. Eight thousand screaming orange clad fans putting their hearts and lungs on the line to cheer on our players could be the difference between winning and losing with as close as the MWC is this season, and we want to give The Broncos the best shot we can.

 

There are several places across the country that have this basketball crowd thing down to a science. There is no reason that in the conference we are with the team we’ve got, that Boise State should be any different. Let’s make this place the hardest place to play north of San Diego State. So get to studying – the quiz will be on Saturday afternoon against SJSU at 4:05 PM. (If you won’t be joining, the game will be televised on Root Sports.) Let’s Stuff the Taco!

How Denver can stop LeGarrette Blount

Although we don’t usually cover the NFL, here is a great write-up from former Boise State safety Jason Robinson on how Boise State stopped Blount in their 2009 game, and how Denver can learn from the other Broncos:

Long before he became famous for scoring four rushing touchdowns in a single NFL playoff game, LeGarrette Blount was a household name in Idaho. During his days as an Oregon Duck, Blount was involved in a post-game physical altercation that landed him on ESPN for week, and the sideline for the remainder of his senior season.  However, the story that didn’t make headlines was that the Boise State defense held Blount to a career low -5 rushing yards in that same 2009 game. If the Denver Broncos want to have the same success against Blount as the Boise State Broncos did, there are three things they must do in today’s game to contain the rushing weapon of mass destruction that is Blount.

 

 

1.     Make Him Move Laterally

The first key to the Boise State Broncos’ defensive containment of Blount was to take away vertical seams in the run game. Blount is a great running back when he is able to run behind his shoulder pads and run north and south. Blount is faster than he is quick; meaning he is more dangerous running in full stride than he is at making lateral moves at the line of scrimmage. If the Denver Broncos can take away the vertical seams, this will slow him down just enough to give the defense time to rally between plays.

 

2.     Wrap Up

In today’s NFL, the “launch” tackle (when a defensive player attempts to tackle the ball carrier without first getting his arms wrapped around him) has become a trend amongst defensive players, but that maneuver will be of no use against a running back like Blount. Why? Because at 6 foot 5 inches and 250 pounds, Blount can use his superior athleticism to easily avoid or break those inadequate tackling attempts. Every member of the Denver Bronco’s defense must use both arms when tackling to even have a chance to bring this man down.

 

3.     Get in His Head

This is the NFL Playoffs – anything goes. Like many other NFL players, Blount doesn’t back down from confrontation. This is a critical component in containing his run game. The Denver Bronco’s defense should have someone jawing in Blount’s ear between every whistle with one goal – piss him off. There is only so much the Bronco’s can do to physically stop Blount, but if they can get in his head then he will remove himself from the game. It is this sort of gamesmanship that is necessary to stop Blount.

 

If the Denver Broncos defense can implement these three key strategies of the 2009 Boise State Broncos’ game plan, their chances of hoisting the Lamar Hunt trophy today are much more likely. The Broncos still need to formulate a plan to control the rest of the “Brady Bunch,” but as far as Blount goes, the equation is rather simple: take away vertical running lanes + use two-arm tackling + trash talk = -5 Rushing Yards.

 

Jason Robinson

Safety at Boise State 2006-2010

Special Teams Captain 2009

Twitter @jrob5

Boise State Basketball: Nevada Bound

Photo courtesy Otto Kitsinger

There are some teams in the Mountain West that are difficult to work up rage toward. UNR is emphatically not one of them. The fact that Reno exists is irritating in itself, let alone the dormant coals of a rivalry that finally got blown into a full-on inferno during a football game in 2010 that never happened and must not be recalled.

Boise State is a long way off from meeting the Wolfpack again on the gridiron, but the Basketball Broncos play them Tuesday night at the Lawlor Events Center. Reno is off to an annoyingly good start, currently 4-0 in conference games. Making that stat more infuriating, is the fact that Nevada’s signature OOC wins so far include such perennial powerhouses as Cal Poly and Iona. This is a team that has lost to not only UCLA and Mizzou, but Morehead State and Nebraska-Omaha. What gives, Reno?

Basically, they are Boise’s opposite in that:

-          They are from Reno, and all that entails.

-          They have gotten hot going into conference play.

Most of that heat is coming from one particular player, Deonte Burton. He has been posterizing players forever, but the best example is this filthy dunk against UNLV.

Burton is the biggest weapon for the Pack by far, scoring 21 PPG, and playing almost every minute. However, there are more players for Nevada that hold their own – Jerry Evans Jr. leads the team in assists, and A.J. West is pulling down 7.8 (!) boards per game. In their last outing against Utah State, Cole Huff dumped in 16 points, 12 of those coming from behind the arc. Evans has been in a 3lo like slump for the last few games, but just like Jeff, could break out of that rut at any point and really put a hurting on a team not prepared to defend him.

Going on the road in the Mountain West is kinda like SEC football, except the “Murderer’s Row” thing is real. MWC teams have a tendency to protect their home courts with a ferocity usually reserved for mothers of small children who are in danger. That’s why this upcoming game is so nerve-wracking – The Broncos are a quite talented team whose members aren’t all playing up to their potential. Elloriaga might as well be in Siberia for how cold his shot is right now, Marks and Iggy, while helping the cause, just aren’t taking enough pressure off Drmic and Watkins. Anthony and Ryan have been carrying most of the Bronco’s load as of late, and while it’s pretty awesome to watch them both play like they’re half-possessed by the lingering spirits of Chris Childs and Tanoka Beard, it’s going to be a long conference schedule and a disappointing post-season if something doesn’t change soon.

Luckily, basketball is a game of streaks. Winning streaks, losing streaks, games where it seems like all is lost from the opening tip, and games where everything goes right, the calls go the right way and the rims are friendly. While that at-large bid was very nice last season, all it takes is one hot run through the conference tournament and all of a sudden the guys are dancing again. Can the Broncos take control of their fate, starting with a good ol’ fashioned Wolf stomp on Tuesday night? That depends on if they can do the most difficult task in the MWC – take the home crowd out of the equation, control time of possession, and hit some dang shots. Be careful down there, guys, make sure to measure the basket before ya play, and please wipe the Reno off your shoes before you get home.

The game tips off at 8:05 Boise time and although it will not be televised it will be streamed online at www.broncosports.com/sports/m-baskbl/live-game.html and can also be heard on the radio at 670 AM KBOI.

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What You Need To Know: Coaching Search 2013

Sources have told the Blue Turf Nation that the top 3 candidates for the BSU coaching vacancy are set. Those same candidates are now being reported by Chad Cripe of the Idaho Statesman.

So with this, we figured it was a good time to give you all a profile of what you need to know about each coach as the search at Boise State continues. For more information each coach’s picture has a link directly to their Wikipedia pages.

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Bryan Harsin (Age: 37)

Bryan Harsin: A former Boise State QB from 1995-1999, the Boise born, head coach of Arkansas State is an obvious hot name for Boise State. From 2001-2010 Harsin spent time at Boise State in some sort of coaching capacity. From a graduate assistant to the offensive coordinator during the first Fiesta Bowl, Harsin knows Boise State from top to bottom. An interesting tidbit about Harsin, he played for Dirk Koetter, and coached with Dan Hawkins, Chris Petersen, & Mack Brown as an OC of Texas from 2011-2012. Current coaching record as the Head Coach of Arkansas State 7-5 and headed to the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

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Justin Wilcox (Age: 37)

Justin Wilcox: The current defensive coordinator of ugh, the Washington Huskies. Played for the Oregon Ducks from 1996-1999. I know at this point it sounds bad, but it gets better real quick. In 2001-2002 Justin was a graduate assistant at Boise State, from 2003-2005 he coached linebackers at Cal. Then made a triumphant return to Boise as the defensive coordinator from 2006-2009 where he helped Boise State amass a 49-4 record while he was with us. After Boise State he went on to be a defensive coordinator at Tennessee before landing at Washington. Interesting tidbit about Justin Wilcox, his father Dave was an All-Pro NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers, and played football at Boise Junior College before heading to Oregon.

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Dirk Koetter (Age: 54)

Dirk Koetter: The former Boise State head coach from 1998-2000 has his name back in the ring it seems. Often known for speaking about his affection for Boise State since he left for Arizona State in 2001, Dirk Koetter by far has the most extensive coaching resume of all the candidates. Currently with the NFL franchise the Atlanta Falcons, Koetter brings all sorts of experience to the job. The question with Koetter is does the school want to go backwards to move forwards? No doubt Dirk has the coaching skill to make it happen. But the question would be does he have the ability to come back to the college game and be successful?

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Thanks Coach Pete – Boise State Will Be Just Fine

4f44a4ee-ece5-4702-a478-a228e1c703dd_zpsdb1cb549I write this with a certain amount of animosity, sadness, jealousy, and confusion. So spare me if it doesn’t make a ton of sense. It obviously comes as the news breaks that Chris Petersen is gone… The guy many thought would be around for the long-haul is no longer a Bronco. Take it for what it is, but I will spare you the politically correct response of “good-luck Coach Pete, I am sure it was best for his family.” Not because it may not be true, but because for me, it is selfishly about my school, it is about Boise State University.
Coach Pete took what Hawkins left, and took the next step. Nobody will ever take that away from him and his place in Bronco history will forever have its place. But for me, that is where it ends, that is where the Chris Petersen conversations ends for now. Why? Because it is time to find the next best thing. Justin Wilcox? Bryan Harsin? Dirk Koetter? Who knows honestly, but this is a new time for Boise State, as this is Coyle’s time to show us what he is made of. This next hire will determine the question what many have been asking, is this the peak? Or is this just the beginning? Some say Pete left because he saw the writing on the wall, that the new system has crippled BSU and he had nothing left to prove here. Whoever Coyle hires has to be the opposite of that statement. They have to come in with what Boise State is all about. They must be that blue-collar, pissed off, anti-establishment coach ready to shock the world.  In house hire, or not, this hire will say a lot of about the future of Boise State.

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Now time for the good news, the positive spin I can bring you. This is not Hawkin’s Boise State, this is a different institution with a lot to offer. For that, I will genuinely thank Chris Petersen. We have some of the best facilities you could ask for. We also have a university willing to do what it takes to continue to grow. But more than that, this school now has tradition. Some may scoff at the idea of Boise State and tradition, but walk the new facility and you see it as soon you walk by the picture to your left. Boise State is more than just a small-time school. We have things we play for each week no matter the record. And whoever the new coach is better be ready to embrace that and carry us to the next level. The hammer, “The Blue”, the winning, this is what Boise State is about, this is who we are. So as we sit back pissed off, crying, in a state of complete shock, the ball is now in Coyle’s court – give us the next guy, give us somebody who is ready to cause some havoc. Give us that blue-collar guy who understands what Boise State is about. Pete, thanks for what you did, enjoy Washington, but come 2015, when you come to “The Blue” be ready to remember what you left. BLEED BLUE, GO BRONCOS!

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