By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick is keeping his mustache through the bowl game. All four quarterbacks grew them for the Colorado State game Nov. 17.
“We came out and had a really good game — I think I was 17-for-20 that game,” Southwick said Monday, as four Broncos met with the media to talk about the Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. “So I said you know what guys, you guys can shave them, I think I’m going to keep mine. So I kept it and Nevada came around and we played well, so I said, ‘I can’t shave it.’ ”
Southwick said he’s getting “some grief” for his new look, but he also had some support on the sideline at Nevada.
“For the Nevada game, (strength coach Tim) Socha did a mustache with me,” Southwick said. “I think he looked pretty ridiculous, so I really thank him for doing that with me.”
None of the other quarterbacks kept their mustaches.
“Parents got involved,” Southwick said.
You can’t argue with the results. Southwick was 17-of-20 for 216 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado State and 19-of-26 for 199 yards and two touchdowns against Nevada. He also rushed for a season-high 25 yards against Nevada. He didn’t have any turnovers in those games.
Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle said Monday that he has had no conversations with coach Chris Petersen about him wanting to interview for other jobs. Petersen is required to provide 24 hours notice before engaging in talks with another school.
MAACO Bowl Executive Director Dan Hanneke visited Boise on Monday and took part in a press conference with Coyle.
“(Boise State) is a quality, quality program and has such great name recognition,” Hanneke said. “When it came down to the final decision that Sunday, Boise was always at the top of our list. We couldn’t be more happy, to have the matchup we do with Boise State facing Washington.”
Part of the visit by the MAACO Bowl officials involved presenting a “gift suite” to the players, who were able to select their bowl gifts. A mountain bike was among the popular selections.
The MAACO Bowl has about 3,000 local tickets left, Hanneke said. Capacity is about 35,000 and each team received 11,000 tickets.
Boise State has sold about 3,100, Coyle said. Washington officials said they could provide an update Tuesday.
Boise State distributed about 5,000 tickets to last year’s MAACO Bowl. That includes tickets for the band and player comps. Many more fans bought tickets from other sources.
Southwick on Washington:
“They’re a very good defense. They’re assignment sound. They don’t give up freebies. A very fast squad. The front seven is young, but they’re physical. … I’m impressed.”
Southwick on the Boise State scout team defense:
“That defensive scout team was good. There were some games I would argue our scout team gave us some comparable if not better looks. There’s a lot of talent on that whole squad. … I’m excited to see them get in the mix.”
UTEP hired former Boise State assistant head coach and offensive line coach Sean Kugler on Monday to run the Miners program. Kugler was with the Broncos in 2006, on Petersen’s original staff.
The El Paso Times initially reported that former Boise State special teams coach Jeff Choate will serve as Kugler’s defensive coordinator, but Kugler told the newspaper Monday that he had not hired him yet. Choate left Boise State earlier this year to become the linebackers coach at Washington State. His goal was to become a defensive coordinator.
Of the nine full-time assistants on Petersen’s 2006 staff, Choate's hiring would make seven head coaches or coordinators — Kugler, Choate, wide receivers coach Brent Pease (offensive coordinator, Florida), offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin (co-offensive coordinator, Texas), defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox (defensive coordinator, Washington), defensive line coach Pete Kwiatkowski (defensive coordinator, Boise State) and defensive backs coach Marcel Yates (co-defensive coordinator, Texas A&M). The others are tight ends coach Scott Huff (tight ends/special teams, Boise State) and linebackers coach Viliami Tuivai (out of college coaching).