By Brian Murphy
Boise State president Bob Kustra said the decision to accept the Mountain West’s insistence that the Broncos not wear all-blue uniforms at Bronco Stadium was made quickly — and that it was influenced by the league’s membership at the time.
According to a provision in the March 7, 2011 agreement between the Mountain West and Boise State signed by commissioner Craig Thompson and Kustra: “beginning with the 2011-12 football season, at home conference games BSU shall not wear solid or predominantly blue pants with solid or predominantly blue jerseys and shall ensure that the uniforms include a non-insignificant amount of contrasting colors.”
Here’s how Kustra recalls the decision going down: “I was the one they asked originally whether or not we were willing to make an adjustment. I called (athletic director) Gene (Bleymaier). Gene gave it back to me and said it’s OK with us.
“… My recollection is that they did raise the issue of the blue turf and it was quickly dismissed. I laughed at that one.
“… The uniform thing was something that Gene and (football coach) Chris (Petersen) had to work out. We’ll see down the road how it all pans out.
“… One thing I think people have to understand is the Mountain West we were going to had TCU, BYU and the University of Utah sitting at the table. And when I first met with TCU’s, BYU’s and Utah’s presidents, it was a pretty inspiring moment. I knew I was sitting with the top dogs of that conference.
“When they come to you and give you a bottom line, a year ago, we didn’t have a lot of elbow room. There really wasn’t much give. If that same conversation were to take place this year, I’ll guarantee you we wouldn’t be talking about no blue uniforms on the blue turf unless somebody decides how to keep green uniforms off the turf in Fort Collins and any place else where there is such.
“People tend to forget it was a different context in which this decision had to be made and we had literally minutes in which to make it in. They were clearly doing their vote.”