Boise State can't wear all blue uniforms at home for Mountain West games

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2011 Idaho Statesman

LAS VEGAS — The Boise State football team will not be allowed to wear blue pants and blue jerseys in home Mountain West Conference games, coach Chris Petersen said Tuesday.

The prohibition applies only to Boise State and was part of the school’s agreement to join the league.

“I thought it was ridiculous,” Petersen said of his reaction. “… That’s our colors. That’s who we are. That’s who our fans have wanted us to be since I’ve been at Boise State. That’s what it’s been through and through.”

Said commissioner Craig Thompson: “What we had heard from our coaches is ‘a competitive advantage.’ It’s as simple as that.”

Boise State has worn all blue uniforms at home for many years, but occasionally has worn something else — most notably all orange last year against Fresno State.

There have been rumblings among opposing coaches for years that the Broncos had an advantage with their blue uniforms on the blue turf. Mountain West members expressed a concern about the uniforms when the league was considering Boise State’s membership bid in summer 2010 and the school agreed to the rule as a condition of its membership, commissioner Craig Thompson said.

The rule doesn’t apply to schools that have green uniforms and play on green fields, like Colorado State and Hawaii.

One complaint from coaches is that it’s difficult to watch video of the Broncos’ home games. Petersen said that’s true, but shouldn’t be an issue as schools switch to high definition.

The Broncos will use a combination of colors at home but likely will wear all blue for their non-conference games. They have white, orange and blue pants and white, orange, blue and gray jerseys.

“Nike has saved us by giving us a bunch of different combinations,” Petersen said. “… If we can’t wear what we want to wear, then we will wear a bunch of different other stuff.”

The Broncos’ first Mountain West home game is Oct. 22 vs. Air Force.

"We've got enough color combinations that we'll still look good on the blue," quarterback Kellen Moore said.

Other notes from Petersen:

— The three preseason practices that the Broncos lost to the self-imposed penalties for their NCAA violations are spread throughout the month of August. The Broncos still will have two two-a-days. Petersen could have removed all two-a-days to deal with the practice reduction. “It’s different and it’s hard and sometimes they just need to do something hard,” he said.

— Petersen hasn’t figured out how he will reduce his scholarships by three over two years, beginning this fall. He declined comment on the NCAA violations until the NCAA delivers its ruling, likely later this summer.

— Petersen isn’t sure he likes the way the new bridge program for freshmen worked. It prevented the housing issues that got the school in trouble with the NCAA, but six credits and workouts might have been too much for the athletes. “It was intense for those kids,” he said. “They were overwhelmed in a big way. … I’m going to really grill them when I get back and analyze it.”

— The coaches haven’t finalized the grayshirt list, but Petersen doesn’t expect many.

— On Georgia coach Mark Richt using the Boise State game to propel his program: “He’s in a good spot and I think he knows it — from a coaching standpoint. They’ve got a huge chip on their shoulder, they’ve got good players, they’ve got good coaches, they’re very motivated.”

— Boise State isn’t going out of its way to prepare for Air Force, the way some other schools do. Petersen said he might sneak a little bit of option work into the schedule before game week, but not much.

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Boise State has an updated depth chart in the Mountain West media guide. It’s below:

QB: Kellen Moore; Joe Southwick/Grant Hedrick
RB: Doug Martin; D.J. Harper
FB: Dan Paul; Chandler Koch
WR: Geraldo Boldewijn; Aaron Burks
WR: Tyler Shoemaker; Mitch Burroughs
WR: Chris Potter; Kirby Moore
TE: Kyle Efaw; Gabe Linehan
LT: Nate Potter; Zach Waller
LG: Joe Kellogg; Faraji Wright
C: Thomas Byrd; Matt Paradis
RG: Chuck Hayes; Jake Broyles
RT: Charles Leno Jr.; Brenel Myers

DE: Tyrone Crawford/Jarrell Root
DT: Billy Winn; Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe
DT: Chase Baker; Mike Atkinson
DE: Shea McClellin/Jarrell Root
MLB: Byron Hout/Tommy Smith
WLB: Aaron Tevis/J.C. Percy
N: Hunter White; Jonathan Brown/Dextrell Simmons
CB: Jamar Taylor; Antwon Murray
CB: Jerrell Gavins; Bryan Douglas
S: Cedric Febis; Jeremy Ioane
S: George Iloka; Travis Stanaway

K: Dan Goodale; Trevor Harman
KR: Doug Martin; D.J. Harper
PR: Chris Potter; Mitch Burroughs
KO: Trevor Harman; Dan Goodale
H: Joe Southwick
P: Brad Elkin; Trevor Harman
LS: Chris Roberson

Worth noting: "I don't think we have depth charts," Petersen said. "You've got Kellen and Doug and guys where you're going, 'No kidding.' Everybody else, you've just got to throw people out there."

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Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that former Boise State safety Quintin Mikell has reached a four-year agreement with the St. Louis Rams. Mikell has played with the Philadelphia Eagles since 2003. He is a free agent and can sign Friday.

So Hout

Will be ready for the opener?

dirty player

go back wherever you came from

you should go back

Hout is fine.

Troll

I know you're just a Troll and looking to stir the pot...but who threw a cheapshot punch at who? I think you are misremembering. He was dumb for running his mouth, but I don't remember Hout every playing dirty.

You need to go back to your hole now, cause you sound as stupid as the Mtn West conference members that cried about BSU's unfair advantage of wearing Green unis on a Green field, oh wait my mistake that's 20 other teams in the country. That's right BSU's blue on blue is ridiculously unfair, right?

Aaaaaannnd...

Weis wins again! Congrats for falling into his trap, giving him exactly what he wants. Control.

He's Janet Jackson?

Nasty!

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dirty player

go back wherever you came from

Can't wear Blue?

Will teams that wear green (Oregon) not be alowed to wear their colors on green field?

Blue

This rule is Boise State-specific. Doesn't apply to anyone else.

Can they wear nunchuckas and tasers?

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Hout

Yes...Team is pretty healthy going into camp. Safety Travis Stanaway may still have some issues from his wrist injury from spring ball, though.

following

You are following BSU football too close. Just saying, its probably not healthy- especially if you have children.

More trolling by shaunfrederick1

Cripe is the beat writer for the Broncos. HE GETS PAID TO FOLLOW BSU FOOTBALL CLOSELY. Now run along and come back to troll some more when Murph does his name the score pizza contest.

Hout

I sure as heck hope so. No way we blow that Nevada game if he were healthy.

lol

I laughed out loud pretty heavily at that one....Nice.

Hiwat

When did Geraldo change his last name? Anybody know how to pronounce it?

taken another name we all lnowe whye

went back home

I like the fact...

You think it is great to come here with your wisdom. You're are far from wise, and you idiotic posts and replies to anything, regardless the topic, give everyone a chance to see you true abilities. NONE! ZILCH!

WiseAzzberg for dumber and dumber award.

taken another name we all lnowe whye

went back home

name

He changed his name to his mothers maiden name, not sure why. He did it early this summer, was reported sometime ago, just not why.

Geraldo

Pete said it's pronounced Bold-a-vine...Didn't give the story behind it. Have to wait to hear from Geraldo when practice begins.

weistard

returns to report on life in the great unwashed. still stupid, still can't type & still can't string a sentence together. stop sniffing glue and your mothers shoes you tard.

ignore wusieturd

It is best to just ignore WUSIEturd, she is the idiot queen, if she is ignored long enough she will go away. She thinks she is clever and can get a rise out of normal people, let her crawl away. With out a doubt one of the biggest fools with no life and adds no value to add to any conversation.

I Agree

He only comes here to get his jollies by making grown men mad. Someone always falls for it, and Weis sits there feeling all powerful because he can control how others feel.

weisberg

I don't think your comments are worth posting twice.

Chadd, why not three deep? Those are important guys who will play a lot.

Two deep is the standard in

Two deep is the standard in college football. That's what is in the Mountain West media guide for every team. I'll have further breakdowns during camp.

So, for MWC home games...

...the Broncos should wear all neon-orange uniforms.

double post

I blame the website. And Obama.

Cant' wear Blue?

Will teams who wear green (Oregon) not be allowed to wear their color on green fields?

MWC rule...

so it only affects BSU. Other conferences know that uniforms do not have ANY effect on the outcome of games.

We haven't even played a game

yet, and they are making up rules just for Boise State.

"Said commissioner Craig Thompson: “What we had heard from our coaches is ‘a competitive advantage.’ It’s as simple as that.”"

These are suppose to be grown men........................

easy fix

The blue turf sucks....let's be a real football program and play on green....no need for gimmicks

RMAOFL! If the opposing

RMAOFL! If the opposing team is focused on the blue turf instead of our offense or defense, they have bigger problems to worry about.

Last I checked Boise State is a real Program.

No trolling please. If you've ever been to home game (maybe you have?) you fall in love with it. You feel the tradition of blue turf growing on this program. I remember when many were in doubt each time there was a discussion about what color to replace the turf with (last time for this was 2002). Not anymore. The real Bronco faithful wouldn't have it any other way. It's not gimmicky, it's Tradition.

there's actually been 5 blue turf installations

1986 - 1ST Blue Turf (AstroTurf)
1995 - 2nd Blue Turf (AstroTurf)
2002 - 3rd Blue Turf (AstroPlay)
2008 - 4th Blue Turf (FieldTurf)
2010 - current Turf (FieldTurf)

Dumb Rule & Gray Pants Too!!

This ridiculous rule should apply to Colorado State whose green is pretty close to the color of green turf as well. Ask Pat Hill and Fresno State if the color of Boise's jersey makes a difference in the results. I wonder how instrumental BYU and Utah were in creating this condition since both were still in the Mountain West when Boise was invited.

Also, based off of leaked videos from recruit Donte Deayon Boise State should also have grey pants as well. All uniform colors look like the style worn in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Unis Color

When fear is high like a drowning swimmer, grab at anything, right?
Hilarious that the "bigger MWC" teams are grasping at even the de-bunked myth of blue unis on the blue field. It'll be entertaining to see the nis BSU puts together for home games. They always surprise ...

You have to be kidding

Did we join a better conference or a bunch of chicken sh**s that really think that a blue uniform on blue turf is an advantage. How about all the people that wear green on a green turf (or grass).

I thought we had moved up, but this sounds like something a grade school team would whine about. If I was a member of the original MWC I would be embarrassed about the fact they will not let us wear blue.

On the blue

I forget what home game it was last season, but on one play a BSU defensive player actually laid down on the turf before the snap. He blended in so well, you really could not see him, especially from the field level. He virtually disappeared into the turf. It was a very striking and obvious diplay of how the lack of contrast can wreak visual havoc for an opposing team. Now, why would BSU do that if not to take advantage of the color thing? I do agree that BSU should not be singled out. If BSU can't wear uniforms that match the field color, than no school should be allowed to do so. EWU should not wear red unis on their ridiculous red field. Hawaii should be wearing green etc. It will be interesting to see if the prohibition has an impact. What about non-conference games? Will the Broncos still be able to use the blue / blue thing?

I know what you mean SkiDoc

What I really hate is that they let people purchase black cars. I mean how are we supposed to see them when they drive on black roads! And the very sad news of the person that drowned in a public pool years ago. She was wearing a blue swimming suit and they could not find her in all of that blue water. But what I hate the most is when I'm walking with someone that is wearing white and when we go past a white building they just disappear, I can't find them until we get past the building.

Hmm, maybe we both better get our eyes checked.

I hope Coach Pete runs up the score on all of our home games for this stupid rule.

GO BSU!

Now we know..........

The secret's out. Now we all know why blonds have so much fun. They're easier to find in the dark. And brunettes aren't. Ridiculous...right? Makes as much sense as this manure about blue on blue. Hey...wait a minute. Wasn't there a song a long time ago by that name? Wanna bet some MWC coach got his thing slammed in the door when that song was playing? Again....makes just as much sense. And the beat goes on. GO BRONCOS

SkiDoc

That didn't happen, a myth, like the ducks dive bombing............

Think about it, why not have all 11 players drop to the ground just prior to the snap?

That is a lie ski doc

name the game that happened.

Ian Johnson did it vs TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl

On the opening KO he laid down - Vinny P caught the kick and then passed it to Ian far a big return. BSU ran the same play earlier that season at home on the blue but I can't remember who it was against, but I don't think they've done it since then

Thanks T2

was BSU wearing their green uniforms in the poinsettia? It is a "trick play" that has nothing to do with the color of the uniform only taking a player off the "skyline" I knew ski doc was just an idiot.

New Comish.

For years part of Thompson's job was putting down WAC teams. I'm not sure he can get his mind past that mode now that some of those teams are joining the MWC. I don't trust his judgement with any conflict that may arise. When the rest of the old WAC teams arrive we should look to force his replacement.

The boys will

be hitting the practice field soon. I think as fans, we ourselves should start to get in shape for the season. I found this excellent instructional video that all Bronco fans should watch and put to practice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfNzdonL360&feature=related

Home Colors

While playing at home in their coats of many colors, Boise State should run up the scores and give the other coaches something to think about.

In related news

The BCS has determined that BSU has a unfair advantage in BCS bowl games (see 2-0 record) and can no longer wear helmets if they qualify for a BCS bowl. When ask about this decision, Bill Hanpenis (because I can't type c0ck), BCS head honcho, said "Look, we couldn't ban them from BCS Bowl games altogether, so our coaches came up with the helmet idea". Apparently, pink jock straps was a close second but lost out because it's already a PAC2 tradition.

Eddie Murphy! HA HA HA HA YOU FUNNY

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