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The Broncos entered Saturday night’s game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles with a 2-2 record for the first time since 2005. Coming off a heartbreaking loss to their rivals Fresno State, the Broncos bounced back on The Blue with a
60-7 win against the Golden Eagles. “We’re proud of the guys. They worked hard,” Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said. “It’s not easy to come off a hard loss like that, and they went right back to work and they played really hard.” A crowd of 35,356 showed up to see the Broncos hang
60 points and 545 yards of total offense. Redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick led the way for the Broncos with another efficient game at home. He connected on 19 of 23 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. “We’re just internally putting on the tape and going through our process,” South-
wick said. “It’s what we do around here. Southwick found eight different receivers on the night. Sophomore wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes caught nine passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Williams-Rhodes picked up 21 yards on two carries on the ground for another touchdown, bringing his season
total to four. The Broncos took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 10-yard touchdown rush from Williams-Rhodes. The Broncos didn’t trail at any point in the game. On the defensive side of the ball, redshirt junior cornerback Bryan Douglas and redshirt sophomore safety Darian Thompson both pulled
their third interception of the season. The Broncos put up 30 points in each half on Saturday night and have now scored over 40 points in four consecutive games, the longest streak since the 2010 season. “It took us a minute to get going on offense,” Petersen said. “But once we did I think the guys got into a good rhythm.” The Broncos will now have a bye week before heading on the road to Logan, Utah on Oct. 12 to take on Utah State.
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The Boise State passing game has been the calling card for the Broncos offense on for years on end. In recent years, the Broncos air attack has produced the winningest quarterback in NCAA history, Kellen Moore, and one of the more consistent receivers in the NFL, Austin Pettis. The Broncos passing attack has come into form over the past several games, after a 2012 season that did not see a whole lot of downfield looks. With redshirt senior wide receivers Aaron Burks and Kirby Moore and injured against Southern Miss on Saturday night, redshirt senior wide the arbiter The Arbiter
receiver Geraldo Boldewijn emerged as one of redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick’s favorite targets. “[I’m] A little frustrated with the slow start,” Southwick said. “But once we figured some things out we got rolling and put some good points up.” Boldewijn was a major deep threat for the Broncos on Saturday night. He hauled in three catches for 104 yards on the night, with a long reception of 52 yards. “It was big,” Boldewijn said. “Gives the coaches a little more confidence in the receivers and it was just a good thing.” Southwick racked up another efficient night passing
as he connected with Boldewijn on a 42-yard reception for a touchdown less than five minutes into the second quarter. “I gave him a chance, he used his body and he came down with it,” Southwick said. “I’m really happy for him.” The Broncos passing game has made major strides week to week. The offense looks like a night and day comparison from the squad that was beat down by 32-points at the University of Washington. “It’s definitely a lot of fun,” Boldewijn said. “There’s still a lot of stuff we have to improve on but it’s just fun to be able to correct some of our mistakes.”
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Geraldo Boldewijn had three catches for 104 yards in Saturday’s win. Boldewijn hauled in a big pass in the Broncos loss to Fresno State two weekends ago. And is starting to become one of the premier focal points in the Bronco offense. Head coach Chris Petersen has stressed the importance
of his receivers getting the 50/50 balls this season, and Boldewijn took it to heart with his touchdown catch against Southern Miss. “Changed the game,” Petersen said. “When we get a big tall receiver like that, he
should be able to come down with it.” With Boldewijn’s breakout game against the Golden Eagles over the weekend, the Broncos offense might have found a new weapon moving forward. arbiteronline .com arbiteronline.com
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Broncos dance with wolves Nate Lowery
It doesn’t have the hatred of Ohio State vs. Michigan, or the fan theatrics of the Iron Bowl, but the Boise State vs. Nevada football rivalry has produced some of the most compelling games in Bronco history. From 2007, when Tim Brady’s sack on the 2-point conversion gave the Broncos a 69-67 four overtime victory at home to 2010 when Colin Kaepernick—and Kyle Brotzman—ruined Boise State’s shot at a BCS bowl game in Reno, the history is rich with some of the greatest moments in Bronco history. The 2010 victory was the first for Nevada since 1998 when both teams were members of the Big West Conference. The rivalry will be renewed this weekend when the 3-3, (2-1) Wolf Pack travel to Bronco Stadium for the final time as an annual rivalry to take on the 4-2 (2-1) Broncos. With the reconstruction of the Mountain West Conference placing Boise State and Nevada in different divisions, Boise State will for sure have a game against the Wolf Pack next season, but after that, it depends on the scheduling of the MWC. This will also be the first time Boise State will face a Wolf Pack coaching staff not led by Chris Ault—the legend developed the pistol offense that is now the basis of the Broncos offense. Ault retired last season af-
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Boise State takes on Nevada Saturday, in what has become a budding new rivalry. ter compiling a 233-109-1 record, and has been replaced by Brian Polian, a former Texas A&M assistant who has kept the pistol as the foundation of the Nevada offense. With the change at head coach, however, Broncos head coach Chris Petersen can see differences in the Wolf Pack’s offense
What Nevada still has is a dual-threat quarterback like Kaepernick that can cause more headaches for the Boise State defense. Junior quarterback Cody Fajardo tallied 32 total touchdowns last season and is onpace for another successful season despite missing two games with an injury earlier
last season—mainly in the run game. “There’s some similar plays, but it’s different with coach Ault being gone,” Petersen said at his weekly press conference. “They have more concepts in the run game now with their new staff. They’re darn good at it, but they didn’t have a whole lot (last season).”
this season. His ability to make plays with his feet in the option game will still be a challenge for the Broncos, just as they struggled to contain Kaepernick. “You know he just always has that option where he can just pull it,” linebacker Corey Bell said. “When you have a
guy like him, he has the capability to stick it in there and pull it out at the last second. You have to be ready for anything.” With the Broncos defense struggling to make tackles this season, you can count on another exciting matchup in this edition of the rivalry with Nevada.
Cross country makes history at Bill Dellinger Invitational Tyler Abner Staff Writer
Boise State cross country took part in the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Oct. 3-4. Both the male and female teams flourished, making a stronger case for whether or not the Broncos are worthy of the national attention. Marisa Howard finished third for the women’s team at the invitational. The national rankings have
been kind to the Broncos this season giving both teams momentum moving forward. “The national rankings came out before the tournament and we moved up two spots,” Howard said. “All this has given us so much confidence before we head into pre-nats (pre-nationals) next weekend. We feel like we’re underrated. But it does feel nice to begin to get some recognition.” The men’s side is gaining
their own share of national attention. They made history on Tuesday (Oct.8), gaining the 19 spot on the national rankings. This marks the first time in the team’s history it has been ranked inside the top 20. Beating fourth ranked Oregon was the top goal for the team. They fell short, but only narrowly. Allan Schroeder finished fourth in the race and was the Broncos top performer. Drew O’donoghue-Mc-
Donald finished second best for the Broncos, and seventh overall. “We felt like we competed well with Oregon. It was really cool actually,” O’donoghue-McDonald said. “I think we got the job done. And we showed people that the last four years of working very hard is finally beginning to pay off.” Coach Corey Ihmels, in his first year at the helm, has already developed the Broncos into the biggest
national threat in program history. The invitational has given Ihmels a pool of confidence to work with during the rest of the season. “I think the men especially did a tremendous job of being aggressive and challenging some of the top national teams,” Ihmels said. “The women maybe didn’t do as well as the men. But our work is paying off. Both sides are earning respect. The confidence we have right now should allow us
to continue to get national attention and to compete with just about anyone.” The Bill Dellinger was one of the biggest meets the team will compete in all season. Doing as well as they did speaks volumes of how far the team has improved over the last few years. The Broncos next meet will be The Indiana State University Pre-Nationals Invitational taking place on Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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Broncos soar past Air Force Boise State opened up MWC play with a 42-20 win over Air Force one ending in a turnover. Ajayi bounced back however, scoring three of his four touchdowns after the fumble. “We always have to have great ball security,” Ajayi said. “That’s something I learned tonight.” Stopping the Air Force triple option offense was a point of emphasis for the Bronco defense entering the week. After allowing 192-yards and 17 points in the first half, the Broncos shut down the Falcon offense in the second half, holding them to just 95-yards and three points. “The first half we just kind of felt them out,”
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Under head coach Chris Petersen, the Broncos have gone an incredible 86-9 since 2006, including 5-2 in bowl games, with two Bowl Championship Series (BCS) victories in 2007 and 2010. The success Boise State has had should make fans worry more than ever about Chris Petersen leaving the Treasure Valley, and they shouldn’t be surprised if he does. Here are three reasons Chris Petersen could be leaving Boise State sooner than the Bronco faithful think. 1. The disintegration of the BCS Boise State has been one of the more dominant BCS busting schools in the last decade. With the BCS coming to a close in 2013, Boise State could be on the outside looking in for good. Moving on to a power conference school could be Petersen’s way to continue competing for bigger championships. 2. Boise State not going undefeated recently Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore became the winningest quarterback in NCAA history, going an unprecedented 50-3, losing the three games by a combined five points. Since losing Moore, along with a myriad of current NFL players, Boise State went 11-2 in 2012, and have already picked up a 32-point loss this season: their worst since 2005. With Boise State being wrongly viewed as an average squad in the last couple of years, Petersen could be at risk of being seen as a “flash in the pan.” A Mountain West Conference title and potentially a one loss BCS appearance could erase all doubt of that notion. 3. A bi-polar fan base For a school that finished in the top 25 in every year except one under Petersen, you would think the fan base would be more realistic about the pressures of Division I college football. The attendance for Boise State’s 2013 home opener, was just 33,293, more than 4,000 shy of a sellout. The game was accompanied by a chorus of “boos” due to the Broncos not running up the score, while up 63-7. A fan base that might be too spoiled for it’s own good could find themselves chasing Petersen away. Whether Petersen leaves in one year, 20 years, or never, he has done more for Bronco football than anyone ever imagined.
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puts the Broncos into a tie for first with Utah State in the West division of the Mountain West Conference and moves them to 2-1 on the year after an opening loss to the Washington Huskies. “That’s our whole mission in life, to improve,” Petersen said. “We don’t care if it’s on offense, kicking game, linebacker play or whatever.” The Broncos will now go on the road to Fresno State next week as they add another chapter to their storied rivalry against the Bulldogs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Coming off a 63-14 victory over the TennesseeMartin Skyhawks, Boise State (2-1, 1-0) opened their Mountain West ConDid you catch ference schedule against the Air Force Falcons (1the game? 2, 0-2), picking up a 42-20 Tell us about victory at Bronco Stadium it by emailing on Friday night. Redshirt senior quarSports@arterback Joe Southwick biteronline. completed on 27-of-29 com. passes for 287 yards, one touchdown and an interception while rushing for Southwick’s completion percentage of .931 set the all-time single-game record for Boise State, previously held by Jared Zabransky in 2006, who completed 21-of-23 passes (.913) against Utah State. “I’m proud of it. I’m proud of the guys though too,” Southwick said. “With the O-line, I didn’t get touched all night.” Redshirt sophomore running back Jay Ajayi carried the load for the Broncos on the ground, going for 125-yards on 17 carries. Ajayi rushed for four touchdowns on the night, tying his 2012 season total and bringing his 2013 total to six. Ajayi picked up two fumbles on the opening drive of the second cutline half, witwh the second Boise State running back Jay Ajayi ran for a career high four touchdowns against Air Force.
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Redshirt senior defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-ATjoe said. “At halftime we made some adjustments and the crowd was going so that made a big difference.” After giving up 408 yards of offense to the Falcons two years ago, the 287-yards allowed this year was a vast improvement. “We just swarmed to the ball as a group and as a whole,” freshman linebacker Ben Weaver said. “Everyone did their assignments and ended up getting some 3-and-outs and making some plays.” The win over Air Force
Women’s golf opens 2013 season Brandon Walton Staff Writer
Last season the Boise State women’s golf team had one of their most successful seasons to date. The Broncos finished second at the Mountain West Championships by tying a school record for a three round tournament. 2012 was the the Broncos best season in almost 20 years and their second best showing in school history at a conference tournament. After the success they experienced in their 2012 season, the bar is set high for the Broncos in 2013. Even though they lost several good players from the 2012 team, they are expected to be among the top once again led by a trio of sophomores that turned in quite the performances as freshmen.
The trio is led by sophomore Samantha Martin who at last season’s Mountain West Championships, had her first top10 finish to go along with six top 25 finishes for the year. That is tied for seventh best in school history. She also has a scoring average of 76.65, which ranks sixth best in school history. McKenzie Ford who placed 11 at the Mountain West Championships last April. Ford will look to continue her momentum she had at the end of last season for the Broncos. To round out the trio, is sophomore Sammie Pless. Pless finished tied for 24 at the championships as a freshman and had five top 25 finishes for the Broncos. One thing you will notice upon taking a look
at the roster is this is a very young team. The Broncos have five freshmen on this years squad that include Dana Clary, Jamie Donizio, freshman Genevieve Ling, freshman Oceane Pelloille, and freshman Haliee Piper. The Broncos in fact do not have a single senior on this year’s team as junior Jenna Leurquin is the team’s most seasoned veteran. Leurquin along with the trio of Martin, Ford, and Pless will look to be the leaders of the team and help guide this year’s very young Bronco roster. The Boise State women will open the season at home this week at the Bronco Fall Invitational on Sept. 16 and 17 at the Falcon Crest Golf Course in Kuna.
The tournament will serve as the only home tournament the team will have all year. The Broncos will have four more tournaments during the fall season, which will include Rose City Collegiate in Oregon, Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational in New Mexico, SCU Colby invi-
tational in California, and the Winthrop Intercollegiate in North Carolina. The Broncos will then have a few months off before returning to play in February for their competitive season leading up to the Mountain West Championships and the NCAA Regional and National Championships.
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Nine hundred and fifteen pink crosses lined the quad on Oct. 11. According the Planned Parenthood Project, the crosses symbolize the 915 abortions performed at Planned Parenthood facilities per day throughout the nation. The Planned Parenthood Project is a program created by Students For Life of America (SFLA). SFLA is taking the Planned Parenthood Project on a 18,041 mile, 41 university, 20 state, eight week tour to spread their message against Planned Parenthood. Boise State was a stop along the way. Hannah Brass Greer, public affairs of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, responded to these protesters. “Generally speaking, protesters are spreading mis-
information that has been widely disproven and discredited,” Brass Greer said. “We are not really focused on the small number of people spreading this information. We are focused on providing high quality health care to thousands of women, men and teens in Idaho and across the country.” SFLA works in conjunction with pro-life organizations on each university they visit. At Boise State, SFLA worked together with Abolitionists4Life to host the event. Members of the club distributed reading materials filled with statistics about Planned Parenthood and testimonials from former Planned Parenthood employees. Club members also referred to the visual display of crosses as they spoke to passersby. Rebekah Barnes, regional coordinator of SFLA, de-
scribed how the organization has been received by universities. “Actually I have been really impressed with the amount of dialogue this display has brought about. No matter which side of the fence you find yourself on as far as pro or anti abortion, we are able to dialogue about Planned Parenthood and how they make money and whether or not it is ethical,” Barnes said. Lisa Atkins, president of Abolitionsts4Life, explained why she felt it was important to bring this program to Boise State. “It (abortion) is something that’s happening every day and our culture can easily turn a blind eye,” Atkins said. According to statistics from Planned Parenthood’s 2011-2012 Annual Report, there were 333,964 abortions performed in 2011. Atkins expressed that she
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University officials are unsure of the future when the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will tke full effect in full January 1, 2014. When the health care reform law becomes fully activated, university staff like Chris Wuthrich, dean of students, are unsure
about changes to the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) offered to Boise State students. “I think as far as the future of SHIP goes, it’s really too early to know,” Wuthrich said. Wuthrich and colleagues have met to discuss the necessity of SHIP, since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act requiring most Americans to sign
They (legislators) can’t even cooperate enough to keep the government open, so I don’t see new laws like Obamacare working well if they don’t want it to.
up for insurance in their state-controlled health care exchange. To satisfy Idaho state mandate, university students are required to be enrolled in an adequate insurance policy while attending school. Idaho’s exchange opened Oct. 1 and Wuthrich and colleagues are not sure how students will approach their insurance needs when signing up again for spring term 2014. “We won’t know who chooses the other plans that are available to them and we won’t have an indicator of changes until that time,” Wuthrich said. When asked whether the
wants Boise State to be a pregnancy-friendly campus. “In a time of crisis, women shouldn’t have to choose between dropping out of school or having an abortion,” Atkins said. Atkins encourages pregnant women to seek out health centers other than Planned Parenthood. “We have partnered with almost all of the local pregnancy resource centers,” Atkins said. “There’s one called Stanton Health Care and they provide free ultra sounds, free pregnancy tests, they provide free diapers, formula, wipes, most everything a woman would need.” Brass Greer argues that Idaho and the Northwest, wants and needs Planned Parenthood facilities. “We have three health centers in the state. Last year we served over 6,500 patients in the area and this year we are projected to serve over
9,000 so obviously they need us there and people rely on us for quality healt care and that’s our focus,” Brass Greer said. Brass Greer stated that Planned Parenthood provides many important services apart from abortion. “What we do and what we offer to the public is reproductive health care. A vast majority of what we do is preventive health care,” Brass Greer said. “Abortion is something we provide but again a vast majority is preventive, including annual exams, cancer screenings, STI screening and treatment.” Boise State’s Women’s Center offers support to pregnant students regardless of their decision.
Adriane Bang, violence prevention and support coordinator, encouraged students to seek help from the Women’s Center. “The Women’s Center staff support students experiencing a variety of issues, including pregnancy. We provide a safe, confidential, non-judgmental place where people can discuss their concerns and receive resources,” Bang said. “Our goal is to help students be successful academically, so we can assist in planning for pregnancyrelated absences, address mobility issues, and connect students to an OB/ GYN to discuss medical care and options.”
Affordable Care Act would render SHIP irrelevant to students, Wuthrich said changes to state mandates must first take place. “Insurance requirement is a policy of the State Board of Education so any changes that happen there would have to be addressed by them,” Wuthrich said. Wuthrich encouraged students to log onto the state health care exchanges website to prepare for the future and find a plan that suits their individual needs, even if that plan isn’t SHIP. “Student’s should shop for health insurance and if they feel like there is a better option for them they should obtain that insurance and not go uncovered because one accident or one medical issue can really set people back,” Wuth-
rich said. Boise State students like junior history major William Peralta feel that the state health care exchange is an easier way to choose between insurance policies, since they are all located on one site. “I can look for the cheapest plan and all of the benefits are listed,” Peralta said. “I never looked at different plans before, I guess, because I only knew about a couple insurance providers.” Peralta is concerned about the current federal shutdown and is unsure whether the Affordable Care Act will actually go into effect given the current stalemate in Congress. “I am extremely skeptical about what is going to happen. They (legisla-
tors) can’t even cooperate enough to keep the government open, so I don’t see new laws like Obamacare working well if they don’t want it to,” Peralta said.
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Southern Comfort Danny Henderson ended his successful career as a high school basketball coach to join Boise State Michael Steen @MichaelSteen2
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Danny Henderson replaces current San Jose State head coach Dave Wojcik as an assistant. gards to the way they treat kids and in regards to the way they follow NCAA rules.” Packing up and moving his wife and two daughters from Texas seemed like a tall order, but his family has handled the move well. “My wife was up here for 30 minutes and she said ‘I love it,’” Henderson said. “Boise is
an easy place to live and my wife and I have found it to be the nicest people we have ever dealt with.” On the basketball side of things, Henderson will be taking hold of the reigns on the defensive end. “We are very committed as a group,” Henderson said. “From coach Rice on down
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Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in limited roles. “I’m pretty excited. Last year they were a playoff team. I’m excited about trying to win some games,” Karl said. Karl played last season with the Idaho Stampede of the D-League and spent
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Coby Karl sat down with BroncoSports.com for a three-part interview. Former Boise State basketball standout Coby Karl has signed with Reggio Emilia of the Italian Serie A league after stints
in the National Basketball Association and the NBA Developmental League following his college career. Karl played for the Broncos from 2003 to 2007 and finished with the thirdmost points in Boise State history with 1,698. Karl has played for the Los Angeles Lakers,
Coby Karl is one of the most prolific scorers in Boise State history
through the players that we realize for us to make a real run and win the Mountain West and then do well in the NCAA Tournament, we have to make a big jump defensively.” Head coach Rice is eager to continue improving his program and knows Henderson brings a great edge to the de-
velopment of his squad. “Danny is one of the finest coaches in the country at any level,” Rice said. “He has a great passion and is one of the highest-level educators in the game of basketball. He is respected by high school, summer and collegiate coaches, which is invaluable in the recruitment of student athletes.”
It’s fun to see a new culture and try to learn a new language. You have to open up and accept it for what it is. Me and my wife try to enjoy it as much as we can.
the majority of the summer in Boise. He had previously played two seasons in Italy and wanted to pursue a roster position in the NBA one more time. Though Karl never landed on a NBA team, his playing career is far from over. “Last year, me and my wife made the decision that we wanted to try to make the NBA one more time before the door had completely closed. That’s what this year was,” Karl said. “It didn’t pan out, but we’ve enjoyed our chances to play in Europe.” Obviously the NBA is the pinnacle for any professional basketball player. Karl has had his taste of the NBA, but was forced to move around frequently. In Europe, he tries to enjoy every part of the city he’s playing in. “It’s fun to see a new culture and try to learn a new language. You have to open up and accept it for what it is. Me and my wife try to enjoy it as much as we can.”
Many look at basketball outside of the United States as being substantially inferior to the NBA and its players. According to Karl, European basketball is highly competitive and hosts some of the most talented basketball players in the world. “Basketball is basketball when you get on the court. The talent level in the european game is very, very close to what you see in the NBA,” Karl said. Now, Karl is focusing on his playing career in Europe and a future in coaching. When Karl wore the blue and orange jersey, Boise State was still primarily looked upon as a football school. “What the Boise State basketball program has done is it has really developed into a credible basketball school. I like seeing how passionate they are about winning. The staff has done a great job of producing and teaching winning skills,” Karl said.
Corey Morgan is a staff writer and columnist for the Arbiter. If you previously hadn’t heard about the new renovated Husky Stadium, the media was making sound like the next Fenway Park or Lambeau Field. Well it was nice. While watching the worst loss in the Chris Petersen era for the Boise State football team, I found myself wondering, “So, what’s all the hype about?” For all of those who don’t know, at the back of Husky Stadium lies Lake Washington. If you are lucky enough to know someone who owns a boat, you can “sailgate” in the water. It was amazing. As I entered the stadium with about 30 minutes until kickoff, I noticed a few things: 1) The Bronco fans’ traveled extremely well 2) The stadium was very spacious and 3) The crowd was very, very quiet. Sure, there were over 70,000 people in attendance with the entire student section filled, yet, often times it was quiet and there were hardly any team chants throughout the entire game. Compare it to Boise State’s, “Go orange! Go big blue!” and “That’s another Bronco…First down!” etc. throughout the whole game, that was largely missing from the Husky crowd. But I’ll tell you one thing, those bathrooms, were amazing. If you have ever been to Husky Stadium in the past, you surely would remember waiting in line for nearly a whole quarter trying to get into the sacred room. Wait no longer. I headed over to the bathroom during halftime, primetime, and was in-and-out in less than three minutes. For all of you sports enthusiasts, you know that’s just outstanding. So overall: beautiful stadium, great “sailgating” experience, but a very average college atmosphere experience. Oh, and those phenomenal bathrooms.
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Boise State football has put the university on the map, but the hottest sport on campus over the past couple of years has been men’s basketball. Following the hire of former 11-year Gonzaga assistant coach, Leon Rice, Bronco basketball has amassed two 20-win seasons in three years and reached the NCAA tournament for the second time since 1994. Danny Henderson was hired somewhat out of the blue on April 22, 2013, after the departure of former assistant and current San Jose State head coach, Dave Wojcik. In 25 yeas as a prep coach in Texas, Henderson won several coaching awards and accumulated a record of 708-172. “I came up here last October and watched three days of practice and little did I know it was going to lead to a job offer,” Henderson said. After such a successful career at the high school level in Texas, it took something special to draw Henderson away from his home state where he has lived all his life. “There’s not a lot of staffs I would necessarily want to work for,” Henderson said. “But with Leon, everything we do is going to be ethical in re-
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What about Bob? Bob Behler, the radio voice of the Broncos, brings each and every game to life Michael Steen Since his days in junior high school, the voice of the Broncos Bob Behler had always known he wanted to be a sports broadcaster. “I actually started when I was in high school,” Behler said. “Our high school had a television station and we would do games and they would be run back on local cable the next night.” An early start in the business helped kick start Behler’s career in broadcasting when he called his high school’s state championship football game for the local radio station. “They must have liked the job I did because the next year when I was a senior, I did all the sports, a game of the week for them,” Behler said. Behler has been the voice of the Broncos since 2008, and the job has taken him around the country. Behler called both the Fiesta Bowl in 2007 against Oklahoma and 2010 against Texas Christian University, witnessing two Boise State victories. Following high school,
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Bob Behler calls Bronco football game along with guest Kellen Moore. Behler took off across the country to attend the University of Georgia tandpursue his dream of being a broadcaster. At Georgia, Behler called baseball and women’s basketball on the school’s local radio station. “I wanted to go to a school with a good broadcasting program and I wanted to go to a school with a big athletic program,” Behler said. Coming out of college, Behler picked up his first
job, calling games for a minor league baseball team, the Chattanooga Lookouts. “I was there a year and a half, but I missed the college scene to be honest,” Behler said. “So I sent out cassettes to a whole bunch of little colleges to see who would bite, and in 1986 I got the job at Bucknell.” Behler spent the next 13 years at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., where he covered
any sport imaginable for the Bison. “Obviously football and basketball, but then baseball, softball and some lacrosse,” Behler said. “I also hosted and produced a television show.” After Bucknell, Behler went to the University of Massachusetts for a nine year stint before being called back to the west in 2008 to start his work for Boise State. Entering his sixth year covering the Broncos,
Behler has been an eyewitness to history being made on the Blue Turf. “I’ve been fortunate, they’re 61-5 in the time I’ve been here,” Behler said. “Has Bob Behler done anything to make them 61-5? No, but I’ve certainly reaped the benefits to where people are more interested in listening to you.” Behler’s five years covering football and basketball for Boise State have been a whirlwind of historical games and seasons. He has been an eyewitness to sports going to the next level in a place he loves. “I’ve been blessed to be with three different colleges and all of them have been fantastic and I was sorry to leave them all,” Behler said. “But every time I think I’ve professionally bettered myself and fortunately been in places where it’s nice to live and people have been nice to me, so I’ve been lucky." Behler will call his first game of the fall season on Aug. 31 when the Broncos take on Washington in Seattle, Wash. He can be heard on KBOI 670 AM in the Treasure Valley.
Color schemes spur attendance Michael Steen @MichaelSteen2
Football season has once again emerged upon the city of Boise. In less than two weeks time, the Boise State following will descend on Bronco Stadium, eager to cheer on the 2013 Boise State squad to another successful season. Color schemes for the fans have been a growing trend in college football stadiums across the country for the past several years. Whether it is the famous Penn State whiteouts, or the popular blackout look it seems everyone is going
for, the color scheme charts have become a popular part of college football traditions. “We meet as an external group to discuss the variety of color schemes throughout the year,” Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing and Promotions Matt Beckman said. “Starting last year we wanted to get fans input as well so we gave the fans the chance to vote on their favorite color scheme.” Beckman has been at his post for two years now, and has made a lot of moves to increase fan attendance, especially students, and keep them
there. “We are really excited about working even more with the students this year,” Beckman said. “We are working with residence life, ASBSU, Aramark and a number of groups to create a fun tailgating experience prior to the game for students.” The Broncos have been on the color scheme trend for some time now. Boise State introduced the first orange –out during their 2002 season. In more recent time however, the use of alternating sections and tri-color schemes have really be-
gun to take off. Fans may have noticed a decrease in attendance over the past couple of seasons as compared to seasons coming off major bowl wins such as the two Fiesta Bowl victories. in 2007 and 2010. “There was a lot of excitement around the program,” Assistant Athletic Director of Ticket Management, Anita Guerricabeitia said. “You build on that hype and you win that bowl game and Bronco football just became the thing to do in Boise.” In past seasons, color schemes have had a part
in increasing ticket sales for home attendance, and the marketing and ticket sales team is hoping they can make that trend happen again this year with a less appealing home schedule for the Boise State fanbase. “Bronco Nation does an amazing job supporting the color schemes, arguably the best in the country,” Beckman said. “We have received a lot of positive feedback from fans on what they would like to see with the color schemes which is why we made sure they were involved in choosing one each season.”
Boom or Bust for Broncos Michael Steen @MichaelSteen2
Steen Says is a comprehensive sports column written by Assistant Sports Editor Michael Steen. Boise State has once again found themselves in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) discussion. Coming off an 11-2 season in 2012, the Broncos are once again in the top 25 rankings and in the discussion for another BCS bowl bid. With the start of the new season approaching in a matter of days, it begs the question: “How important is winning the opening game for the Broncos?” It’s no secret the BCS favors an undefeated team, especially from the mid major conferences. Both Boise State’s Tostitos Fiesta victories in 2007 and 2010 came off unbeaten campaigns in the regular season. Another reason Boise State needs to get off to a good start is the need to build their strength of schedule and their overall body of work. In Boise State’s previous undefeated regular seasons, they have included wins over Oregon State, Oregon and Georgia. The years where Boise State has failed to reach a BCS game included early season losses against Georgia, Washington and Michigan State. Getting the significant win in the first two or three weeks of the season is crucial for the Broncos in making a statement to the BCS committee and the voters to strengthen their chances for a BCS bowl appearance. Boise State has history with this Washington program. A bitter loss in Seattle in the fall of 2007 coming off their first BCS victory left a bad taste in the mouths of Bronco fans everywhere. Led by redshirt senior quarterback Taylor Tharp, the Broncos left with a 24-10 loss, the first of their three losses en route to a 10-3 season. Now the Broncos have the task of going back to Seattle and taking down the Huskies in their brand new, $280 million stadium. A team that will have revenge on their minds, this could be one of the Broncos toughest season openers in history. A win however, could spell success for the season and get them on the right track back to the BCS.
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