By Chadd Cripe
© 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.
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."
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.