By Brian Murphy
The Idaho State Board of Education passed a resolution Thursday stating that it will defer to the presidents and athletic directors at Boise State and Idaho on the issue of football scheduling. The rivals have played each year since 1971, but are not scheduled to play in the next two seasons as a result of conference realignment.
Boise State is leaving the Western Athletic Conference to join the Mountain West Conference. Idaho will remain a member of the WAC.
"The motion was to let them know that the board is not going to step down and micro-manage football schedules," said board spokesman Mark Browning.
Browning said the board's position was that "it's a good thing for the state when the two schools play and we hope they can work something out."
It is a reversal of former board policy. In 1999, the board stipulated as part of Boise State moving to the WAC and Idaho moving to the Sun Belt that the teams continue to play.
The state board is meeting in Coeur d'Alene. The motion passed 5-3 with Paul Agidius, Emma Atchley and Don Soltman voting against it.
Idaho president Duane Nellis spoke in favor of the rivals continuing their series. No one from Boise State spoke at the meeting.
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