By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State broke ground Thursday on its $22 million football complex behind the north end zone of Bronco Stadium. The building is scheduled to open July 1, 2013.
Coach Chris Petersen told the supporters gathered for the event that the facility already has made a difference in recruiting players and assistant coaches. The Broncos will have 15-20 prospects in town Saturday for the Spring Game, and they’ll be able to see that progress is being made.
“We’re in the business of trying to get 18-year-old kids to say yes and come to your school, and those kids are looking for the wow factor,” first-year athletic director Mark Coyle said.
Coyle steps into his job at a time when Boise State is building Dona Larsen Park for track and softball, the football complex and expanded bleachers at both ends of Bronco Stadium.
“The support here is just unbelievable,” he said. “… It’s really a good time to step in here and be a part of it and watch it grow.”
Here is a story I wrote a couple weeks ago on the construction projects. The weight room will have blue turf.
A couple other notes from Coyle:
— Boise State will not play a 13th game in 2012, the extra game permitted because of the Hawaii rule. The Broncos wanted a home game and couldn’t find one. “We tried everybody, trust me,” Coyle said.
— Coyle on scheduling: “You want to build a schedule that’s competitive and helps you achieve your goals. … Your goal is to have an opportunity to compete in postseason play. With scheduling, we want to be smart, we want to be strategic. … What I’m learning here, it’s hard to convince people to come out and play here. I’d like to get some of those programs to come out here and play here. Boise State has done an incredible job of being flexible and going out and playing other people, but we want to have conversations and develop those series where we’re going to have people come here.”
— Coyle isn’t sure how the Mountain West TV situation will shake out. Boise State does expect to get all of its games on TV somewhere.