By Brian Murphy
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen said Friday that he contacted the father of football recruit Emil Smith, who died last month in a car accident in California.
"I talked to Emil's father today and it was awesome. It was a really good conversation," Petersen said.
The case drew national attention after Boise State said it was unable to contact Smith's family because of NCAA rules. The NCAA later said Boise State would have been granted an immediate waiver had it asked for one. Boise State said there was confusion about the timing about getting a waiver, but that it would ask for one now.
Petersen said he hopes Smith's family will come to Boise sometime during this season. Emil Smith visited Boise State for a camp this summer without his family.
"We just felt like he was our kind of guy," Petersen said. "A tremendous athlete without question, but it was his spirit that kind of attracted us."
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