Sports + Recreation
11:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

College Of Idaho Football Returns, Presents 'Refreshing' Option For Fans

Credit College of Idaho

There's been a buzz around the College of Idaho campus this week that hasn't existed there since the 1970s. 

Last weekend the school played - and won - its first football game since 1977. The Yotes beat Pacific University 35-34. College of Idaho plays its first home game Saturday afternoon against Montana Western at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell. 

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Boise State
5:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Boise State Ends Lawsuit With The American Athletic Conference For $2.3 M

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Boise State University says it has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the American Athletic Conference as a negotiated exit fee, ending long-running litigation.

In 2011, Boise State had planned to become a football-only member of the Big East conference, as it was called then. But after the conference broke apart Boise State chose to keep most of its sports teams in the Mountain West Conference.

Boise State's negotiated exit fee to the American Athletic Conference means both parties have agreed to drop their lawsuits.

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Reader's Corner
3:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Football And Concussions: An Interview With 'League Of Denial' Author Steve Fainaru

"This program is an encore and was originally broadcast in November of 2013"

“Iron Mike” Webster was one of the most revered and beloved Pittsburgh Steelers of all time. The Hall of Fame center was a tough, hardworking and disciplined player who gave everything he had to football.

But after retiring from the NFL in 1990, he suffered a severe decline in both physical and mental health. When he died 12 years later at age 50, his body made one of its most significant contributions to the sport, and to the fellow players he loved.

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Boise State
12:25 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Boise State's Football Field To Be Renamed 'Albertsons Stadium'

The agreement is subject to approval by the Idaho State board of Education.
Credit Boise State University

Boise State University has announced a $12.5 million, 15-year deal to change the name of the school's blue-turf football stadium from Bronco Stadium to Albertsons Stadium.

School President Bob Kustra made the announcement Wednesday morning at the stadium along with Albertsons CEO Bob Miller.

Miller says he can't wait for the first football game of the season when the stadium will be adorned with the new name.

The stadium is notable for its blue turf where the Boise State Broncos play.

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6:32 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Boise State's New Head Football Coach Says "It's Great To Be Home"

Bryan Harsin was officially introduced as Boise State's new head football coach Friday.
Credit Boise State University

Bryan Harsin was formally introduced as the new head football coach of Boise State’s Broncos Friday. The 37-year-old has a long history with the Broncos. He was a quarterback for the team in the late 1990s and was then an assistant coach from 2001 to 2010. Harsin was also an offensive coordinator under former head coach Chris Peterson from 2006 to 2010.

“It feels great to be home,” Harsin told the crowd at a press conference Friday. “It’s truly a privilege and an honor to stand here before you today as the next head coach of Boise State.”

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8:04 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Former Bronco Bryan Harsin Is Boise State's New Football Coach

Harsin is a Boise native who previous played and coached at Boise State.
Credit Boise State University

Update 9:55 a.m.: Boise State has hired a 37-year-old former assistant to be its next head coach.  Bryan Harsin will leave Arkansas State to be the next Bronco head coach. 

Harsin is a Boise native who was a BSU quarterback in the late 1990s. He then served as an assistant coach from 2001 to 2010.  Harsin was an offensive coordinator under former head coach Chris Petersen from 2006 to 2010.

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7:08 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Chris Petersen Says Decision To Leave Boise State For Washington Was About 'Timing And Fit'

Former Boise State coach Chris Petersen was introduced Monday as the next coach at the University of Washington.
Credit University of Washington

Former Boise State football coach Chris Petersen spoke for the first time Monday about his decision to leave Boise for the University of Washington.

The crowd chanted Petersen’s name as a press conference got underway in Seattle. Petersen began by thanking Boise State, the Broncos, fans and everyone who’s helped him reach this point.

“People keep asking me ‘Why now? You’ve been in Boise for so long.’ Two things keep coming to mind: timing and fit,” Petersen explained.  

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11:03 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Chris Petersen Era Ends At Boise State As ‘Coach Pete’ Departs For Washington

Credit University of Washington

The University of Washington has announced Chris Petersen will be the school’s next head football coach. Petersen leaves Boise State after 13 years, eight of which he served as head coach.

Washington made the announcement official Friday morning with a news release. 

"On behalf of the University of Washington and the entire Husky Nation, I am proud to welcome Chris Petersen as our new head football coach," Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said.

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Boise State
10:52 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Boise State's Chris Petersen Withdraws From Coaching Search At USC

Boise State head coach Chris Petersen.
Credit John Kelly / Boise State University/

Update, 12:17 p.m.:  ESPN is now reporting University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has accepted the USC job.

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5:01 am
Fri November 15, 2013

6-Man Football Struggles To Gain Footing In Rural Idaho High Schools

Teams from Camas County High School and Lima (MT) High School line up during their six-player game in Fairfield, ID on October 18, 2013.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

It’s easy to hear the pride in Randy Jewett’s voice when he talks about his school’s football heritage. He stands in Camas County High School in Fairfield, and points to class pictures that line the main hallway. He says in the 1970s, the Mushers were regulars in the state championship. 

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9:35 am
Mon October 7, 2013

North Idaho Parents Sue Football Helmet Company

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The family of a northern Idaho teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game is suing the school district and the maker of the football helmet.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Robert Clark II and Julie Clark filed the lawsuit in September on behalf of Robert "Bobby" Norman Clark III.

The lawsuit names the West Bonner County School District and helmet maker Riddell.

The lawsuit contends Bobby Clark was injured on Sept. 30, 2011, while a lineman for the Priest River Lamanna High School Spartans.

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9:15 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Idaho Sports Group Lifts Ban On Girls In Football

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A southern Idaho sports organization has overturned its ban on girls in football, allowing young Justice Prince and Waycee Irish to rejoin the fifth-grade Gooding Recreation District football team.

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12:07 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Southern Idaho Town Bans Girls From Youth Football

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A southern Idaho recreational football league is banning girls from play, even though league rules specify that girls should be included.

The Times-News reports Gooding Recreation District Director Kent Seifert recently told youth football coach Smokey Legarreta to remove two girls from his team after Legarreta allowed them to join despite the local ban. Seifert declined to comment on the ban.

One of the girls is Legarreta's stepdaughter. He says both cried when he told them they couldn't play on the fifth-grade team anymore.

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4:40 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Football Partnership Continues To Blossom For Boise State, Japanese School

Boise State Head Coach Chris Petersen talks with Hosei University Head Coach Hitoshi Aoki, team academic advisor Takashi Yaekura, and wide receiver Eiichi Rokukawa.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State’s football team will hold its annual spring scrimmage on its famous blue turf Saturday. Nearly 7,000 miles away in Japan, the Hosei University football team will also play a spring game.  But the schools have more in common than just that.  The Broncos and the Tomahawks have an unusual football relationship that’s rooted in the two  schools’ academic partnership.

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11:42 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Florida State Agrees To Play In Boise In 2020

Bronco Stadium.

Boise State has once again announced a home game with an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference.  ACC member Florida State will play the Broncos in a series scheduled to start in six years. Today’s  announcement comes a week after Boise State announced a series with Virginia.

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4:58 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Boise State Football Strikes Unique Deal With The Mountain West

Cornerback Jamar Taylor hoists the Maaco Bowl trophy overhead in celebration of the Broncos’ 28-26 victory over the University of Washington Huskies in the Dec. 22 bowl game.
Credit Carrie Quinney / Boise State University

Boise State Wednesday released the details of its new contract with the Mountain West Conference. Last year the Boise State football team left the conference to join the Big East and the university put its other sports in the Big West.  Since then, the Big East has lost several teams. 

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6:43 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

University Of Idaho Gets New Head Football Coach

Paul Petrino will be the new head football coach at the University of Idaho.
Credit University of Idaho Photo Services

The University of Idaho has announced that Paul Petrino will be its new head football coach.

The university said Monday that Petrino has produced some of the most prolific offenses in the nation as an assistant coach at several other schools.

Petrino replaces interim coach Jason Gesser, who guided the Vandals during the final four games after Robb Akey was fired.

Petrino spoke Monday of recruiting young men of good character for the Vandals. “We're going to make sure that we go out and get the very best character we can,” he explained.

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10:40 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Four Northwest Football Programs Secure Bowl Invites

Valero Alamo Bowl

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 8:03 am

‘Tis the season for college football fanatics to consult their travel agents. That’s because four Northwest teams received bowl game invites Sunday night.

The Oregon Ducks (11-1) are headed to the Fiesta Bowl outside Phoenix. They’ll play the Kansas State Wildcats (11-1) on January 3rd in a showdown of football teams that were until recently both in contention for the national championship.

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11:17 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Northwest Utilities Target Football Fans With New Efficiency Campaign

Aaron Kunz EarthFix

An alliance of Northwest power utilities kicked off a campaign this month to curb energy use by college football fans.

The energy efficiency campaign is called “Are You Fan Enough.” It gives people the chance to win a furnished tailgate party and a new energy efficient TV.

Ty Stober is the initiative lead for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. He explains that nearly half of the TV’s in the U.S. are older tube based models.

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Other News
12:47 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Broncos' First Completion Of '12 Season: Stadium Expansion

The new south end zone bleachers at Bronco Stadium on the Boise State campus.
Scott Graf Boise State Public Radio

Construction has wrapped up on the new, permanent seating at Boise State’s Bronco Stadium.  Crews spent parts of the spring and summer constructing the new bleachers on the stadium’s north and south end zones.  The $3 million upgrade will add 3,500 seats total, and expand the stadium’s capacity to 37,000.

Max Corbet is an assistant athletic director at BSU.  He says the project has changed the feel of the stadium. 

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