Jeron Johnson to return for senior season
Junior safety Jeron Johnson announced on Twitter that he would return for his senior season.
@showoff23: Not sure where the rumor was started with me leaving school but its not true.. I will be a bronco 1 more season!!
Boise State coach Chris Petersen said Tuesday morning that a couple of players had looked into their NFL Draft value, though he did not name them.
"We expect everybody to stay," Petersen said.
From the fans matter department
Boise State had a definite crowd advantage at the Fiesta Bowl. I estimated it was 55-45 in favor of blue and orange, but it could have been closer to 60-40. Boise State fans were also, undoubtedly, louder — and their noise made an impact on the game, according to TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.
"They had a lot of fans and they were really loud. We had to go on a silent snap count, which we hadn't practiced the whole time because we didn't think we'd have to use it," Dalton told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The noise contributed to two TCU false start penalties in the first half.
So give yourselves a pat on the back, Bronco Nation.
• Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports columnist Gil Lebreton hasn't been real high on Boise State all year. He watched them struggle against Louisiana Tech and has downplayed the Broncos since, which is fine.
But I have to disagree with a lot this column, in which Leberton seems to blame the loss on the five-week break between the end of the regular season and the bowl game. It was too much preparation time, he claims, allowing Boise State to come up with a new defense.
"But what sort of fair-minded college football partner schedules a team to play a game five weeks after his previous one?" Leberton writes.
Gary Patterson, who has now won eight coach of the year awards this year, and his staff got out-coached by Chris Petersen and his staff. There is no shame in that. Petersen and Co. have done it to a lot of coaches.
I said the other night in Arizona, before the Fiesta Bowl, that Petersen is the best coach in the country. Not recruiter or program builder or any of the other stuff that goes into being a college head coach, though he is not bad at any of those things. But coach in the sense that if you had two identical teams, the team coached by Petersen would win most often.
Petersen did nothing to disprove that in the Fiesta Bowl. The Broncos' coaching staff, especially defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and the defensive unit, out-coached TCU in the Fiesta Bowl.
From the AP:
WASHINGTON — A new political action committee plans to run ads this week touting a college football playoff system in the markets of two undefeated teams who were bypassed for the national championship.
Playoff PAC says it will run the 30-second ads in Dallas-Fort Worth and Boise, Idaho, into the homes of fans of TCU (12-0) and Boise State (13-0), who face off Monday night in the Fiesta Bowl. The ads also will run in Salt Lake City, where fans are still angry that undefeated Utah didn’t get to play in last season’s title game despite going undefeated.
The PAC plans to run the ads ahead of Thursday’s national championship game between Texas and Alabama.
• I wondered aloud in the Fiesta Bowl press box why Playoff PAC would run the ad in Boise, Dallas-Forth Worth and Salt Lake City, where anti-BCS sentiment is high as opposed to cities where the ad could change people's minds. Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel gave me the obvious answer, Playoff PAC is trying to raise money for its fight against the BCS.
There have been thousands of stories written in the last few days about the Fiesta Bowl and Boise State's victory — and what it means for college football and the Broncos going forward. Just wanted to touch on a few links here.
• Pete Thamel of The New York Times: Boldly, Boise State Moves the Question
• Chris Dufrense of the L.A. Times: Boise State wins with trickery in Fiesta Bowl that's no treat
• Matt James of the Fresno Bee: In the Shadow of Mt. Boise
A Boise State TV show?
The Statesman's Patrick Orr tipped me off to this. Spike TV will premiere its "Blue Mountain State" on Jan. 12. Seems a little like fictional Blue Mountain State — its color scheme and location, at least — is based on a certain nearby team.
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