By Brian Murphy
Former Boise State star running back Ian Johnson is getting another shot in the NFL. Johnson has joined the Detroit Lions practice squad. Johnson was with Minnesota and Arizona earlier this season.
Practice squad players are ineligible to play in games, but practice with the team each week.
• Also, former Boise State and Eagle High standout Derek Schouman has signed with the St. Louis Rams. Schouman is on the active roster and eligible to play Sunday.
Would you believe that Boise State spends less on its football program than New Mexico? Or three times less than TCU? Or five times less than Ohio State?
According to this AOL Fanhouse story and data it obtained from the U.S. Department of Education, the Broncos spent $6.85 million in 2009-10 on football.
New Mexico, one of the worst football programs in the Mountain West Conference and all of FBS, spent $7.01 million on football in 2009-10.
TCU — the program that Boise State is competing with most directly for a spot in the BCS — spent $20.6 million on football in 2009-10.
Ohio State leads the way with a football budget of $31.76 million in 2009-10.
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