Proposed NCAA rule would ban Boise all-blue home uniform

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer
A potentially endangered sight: all-blue uniforms on the Boise Smurf Turf. (US Presswire)

Boise State's all-blue uniforms can't catch a break.

First, rivals like San Diego State coach Rocky Long called them unfair, helping lead to a Mountain West conference ban on them on the Broncos' famed Smurf Turf. Things looked like they'd turned around for the uniforms when Boise bolted for the Big East and got even better when the Mountain West agreed to waive the ban as part of the Broncos' readmittance to the MW.

But the recommended changes announced Wednesday by the NCAA Rules Committee would see the Bronco all-blues re-consigned to the college football fashion history books, at least where Boise's home games are concerned. Though the proposal to eject players flagged for targeting defenseless players drew most of the announcement's attention, the following section was also included in a list of other proposals:

To require teams to have either their jersey or pants contrast in color to the playing field.

Boise won't be the only team potentially affected by the change; teams like Oregon or Michigan State would no longer be permitted to wear all-green uniforms (or so it would appear), Eastern Washington couldn't go all-red, and maybe Central Arkansas won't be able to wear uniforms with alternating gray and purple stripes.

But, of course, none of those uniforms has been called an unfair advantage by opposing coaches or been banned by their teams' respective conferences -- which is why the loudest, longest opposition to the recommendation (which isn't official yet) is likely to come from Boise.

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