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Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:10 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's pretty well-known that Boise State has historically struggled to fill its schedule with enough legitimate teams to beef the season's strength of schedule to the point of respectability. Sure, there's Oregon last year, Virginia Tech last weekend, but by and large, it's slim pickings. But if the report from the Omaha World-Herald today is true, it sure sounds like Boise's not really putting in a good-faith effort:


Nebraska called. Nebraska tried.

In the past year, NU tried to put together a series with BSU; two-for-one, home-and-home, one-way trip to Lincoln. Whatever. It ended up fizzling out. Why?

Because, according to NU Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Jamrog, Boise wanted a minimum $1 million to play in Lincoln.

This, of course, is insanity. Nebraska has zero incentive to agree to a deal like that; while the athletic program would still make money off of the game even after handing over seven figures to their esteemed guests, they'd make a lot more by hosting any number of other programs instead. Moreover, for BCS teams, non-conference strength of schedule doesn't really matter. Or, if you demand more nuance, SOS does matter, but not nearly to the extent that it would offset the negative effect of taking a loss should Nebraska lose that game (easily possible).

But if that's the way Boise wants to play it, by all means, let them. Just keep stories like these in mind the next time a BSU fan complains about the consequences of the cupcake schedule they face every year.

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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:08 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Every Nebraska game is on TV.  They don't need a marquee match-up to be on TV like Boise does.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:05 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Whats that smell comming from Lincon Neb.?  Maybe its the lies being told and the devil takin care of business. 

Boise State just last year made headlines offering to play and ranked BCS team with no home and home series involved, all they wanted was to play a ranked BCS team before the bowls. To have Nebraska saying that Boise wanted too much to play them is pure stupidity. Boise State is eaily worth 1 million to play at Nebraska, especially considering what they pay all the other teams to come there. The Cornhuskers just wanted to be able to say they tried to get a game with Boise and make it look like Boise was the party that nixxed the deal. The Cornhuskers do not and never did want to play Boise.  This was all done for the theatrics. The huskers make plenty off every home game, paying out 1 million to a good team would not hurt them one bit. The loss to Boise sure would hurt them. Like someone else posted, the Huskers will pay 800 grand to a team they KNOW they will beat to come to Nebraska and play but they will not pay a team to come there that has a very good chance of beating them. 

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:57 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

So the excuses just keep coming from Boise.  Yes Nebraska is playing $800K to Idaho this weekend, but in turn for that $800K Nebraska does not have to go to Idaho to play a game.

Let's look at the positives for Nebraska to play a game at Boise...
     They will have the opportunity to play in front of 33,000 fans.  AWESOME!
     They will have the opportunity to establish a recruiting base in Idaho?  Not a priority, ever.
     They get to play on that terrible blue turf; isn't Boise trying to establish themselves as a contender?  Blue turf is a gimmick.
     Nebraska plays a extremely weak conference schedule and needs the boost in the non-conference?  Not hardly!

So, as it appears there are only benefits for Boise.  Nebraska already has Miami, Tennessee, UCLA, Fresno St., and Washington scheduled in their non-conference; why do they need Boise.  Keep saying that no one will play you.  If Fresno St. can do it why can't Boise. 

When Fresno St. says they will play anyone, anytime, anywhere they actually mean it.  They aren't saying it tongue-in-cheek like Boise.  Boise wants to hide behind their WAC schedule and claim no one will play them.  They are frauds who when they have more than a week to prepare for a team are successful.  You don't ever see them playing their "tough" non-conference game anywhere on their schedule other than first game.  So, they have 29 practices to get ready for VaTech, and will have another 20 for their bowl game.  I'm not impressed!

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:56 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

What???? Please explain

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:55 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

I read a report from the Twin Falls, Idaho newspaper at that Nebraska will pay the University of Idaho $800,000 for their game this year.  Therefore, NU saves $200k for a much more winnable game.  On the flip side NU could have invested that $200k in a marquee match-up with BSU that would draw a lot more national attention.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:46 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

In this thread:  People making illogical conclusions based on a few sentences.  Including the guy who posted this blog.  Seems like he's trying to rile people up.

$1 million is not the problem.  The 33,000 seat capacity stadium in Boise is.  The Arkansas fan (can't remember the name) was dead-on.  NU is not going to sacrifice a $4.5 million home game an additional season.  If Boise wants to move up, they need to upgrade their facilities and take an initial loss.  It would be lunacy for any team like Nebraska to sacrifice 85,000 ticket sales an extra year when NU doesn't need BSU.  Thus, the 2-and-1.  Boise NEEDS to put more butts in the seats or it will never be financially viable for any major BCS team to schedule them on even terms.  Sorry, but it's true.  The $1 million paycheck had nothing to do with it.  It was a fair asking price.  And even then, if NU wanted to make that series happen, it would have.  It sounds like Nebraska never intended to sacrifice a home game.  Boise hasn't earned that respect yet.  And again, not because of their play (they've done everything asked of them) but because of their 33,000 seat stadium.  It's time to play "catch up," Broncos.

Nebraska already has one of the most insane schedules next season.  Fresno (the team that BSU should model their scheduling practices off of until they fix that stadium capacity problem) and Washington visit, OSU at home, at Ann Arbor, at Happy Valley, Hawkeyes at home, at Camp Randall.  Seems fishy if you ask me.  Like the Big 10 wanted to parade their new member with every tough conference matchup possible.  Couldn't switch out ONE of those games with Indiana, huh?  Again, criticize NU for their cupcake patsies this year like every other team (FOUR away games, Florida?  FOUR?!  Really?), but the Huskers are going to have to earn it hardcore next year.  Ouch.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:44 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

You are friggin idiot. And an ugly one at that.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:30 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

So Nebraska will pay $800K to Idaho but not $1 million to Boise State? Sounds to me like this is Nebraska's fault. Boise's a better program than Idaho, so it makes sense that Boise wants a little more than Idaho for a buy game.

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:25 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Thank you so much for your post. I don't like being yelled at even if it's in print.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:21 pm

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Your comment makes absolutley ZERO sense!  There isn't one bit of logic in your statement!  All I took away from your post was blah, blah, blah!  Because it came out of a Nebraska newspaper means it's not valid... WHAT?!  For starters it's the Omaha paper - Omaha is a big city and the paper has very close contacts to the football program!  You're a huge idiot!  Oh wait, it looks like you're a Jets fan!  Ha!  How's that going for you?  I'm so glad you have our old crapy coach Callhan working for you!  Wow.

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