By Brian Murphy
It didn't take long for San Diego State coach Rocky Long to spark a rivalry with new Mountain West Conference mate Boise State.
During the league's spring practice teleconference, Long praised the addition of Boise State to the Mountain West this fall — "They add a great deal to our league," he said — but he took a shot at Bronco Stadium's famed blue turf.
"I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf. I think it's unfair," said Long, the former New Mexico coach who is in his first season as the Aztecs' head coach.
When asked to expand, Long said, "it takes the visiting team a quarter or two to get used to that different field."
Long said players "track the ball differently" on the blue turf, particularly since Boise State traditionally wears all-blue uniforms on the blue turf.
Long was the head coach at New Mexico in 1999 when Boise State defeated the Lobos 20-9 at Bronco Stadium.
Boise State installed the blue turf in 1986. The Broncos are 69-2 at home since 2000, the highest home winning percentage in the country. Boise State went 40-0 at home in conference games during its 10-year WAC tenure.
"The only thing I can say is we’re on it every day and we see it all the time that we don’t think of it as any different than when we go to a green field. Maybe it's because we see it every day," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said.
"Certain places have a mystique that make it harder to play, whether it’s the stadium size or the ambiance inside," Petersen said. If it’s an advantage, great."
Boise State plays at San Diego State on Nov. 19.
• Petersen said defensive tackle Billy Winn, who was injured on the final play of the spring scrimmage, is "fine."
• Former Boise State wide receiver Titus Young is a spokesman for addidas — and its "adizero 5 STAR, lightest cleat in football."
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