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MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 12:18 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When San Diego State head coach Rocky Long called the combination of Boise State's home Smurf Turf and their all-blue uniforms "unfair" this past April, we applauded his candor but also assumed he was giving voice to run-of-the-mill behind-the-scenes sour grapes. If Boise hadn't been so good, and their opponents on the blue turf hadn't lost so many times, no one would care about the color of the field or uniforms, right?

Maybe not. But as it turns out, Long is far from the only coach to believe the Broncos' home color-coordination gives them an unfair advantage. In fact, so many of the coaches in Boise's new Mountain West Conference home complained that the league prohibited the Broncos from wearing all-blue uniforms in their conference home games as a prerequisite for their entry into the league.

While the Bronco administration had little choice but to sign off on the agreement (what, they were going to stay in the WAC over their uniforms?), you couldn't have expected the MWC's plan to go over well in Boise. And it hasn't, with even usually soft-spoken head coach Chris Petersen railing against the decision at MWC Media Days Tuesday:
“I thought it was ridiculous,” Petersen said of his reaction. “… That’s our colors. That’s who we are. That’s who our fans have wanted us to be since I’ve been at Boise State. That’s what it’s been through and through.”

The MWC's explanation?

Said commissioner Craig Thompson: “What we had heard from our coaches is ‘a competitive advantage.’ It’s as simple as that.”
Again: color us skeptical the Broncos' "competitive advantage" in Boise has anywhere near as much to do with the field or the uniforms as the long travel, players like Kellen Moore, and coaches like Petersen. And we're particularly skeptical the coaches' gripes are based in legitimate competition issues -- rather than a conference-wide sort of rookie hazing -- when we read the following:
One complaint from coaches is that it’s difficult to watch video of the Broncos’ home games. Petersen said that’s true, but shouldn’t be an issue as schools switch to high definition.
It's a little more difficult to watch film of their games, so you're going to tell the Broncos what uniforms they can and can't wear at their own stadium? Really?

Really. As a neutral viewer, we shouldn't complain; the all-blue look on the blue turf does take a few series' of visual adjustment (even in HD), and monochrome uniforms in bright colors aren't exactly the height of football fashion no matter the color of the field. But quirky home-field advantages have always been a part of college football, and this one seems even more quirky and innocuous than most.

So: we anxiously await confirmation from the MWC that as part of their invitations to join, Hawaii will be playing their home games in California, Nevada will be playing theirs at sea level (and only in September and October, what with those chilly November/December temperatures in Reno), and at theirs Fresno State will force Pat Hill to coach clean-shaven.


Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:49 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

does not oregon have all green uniforms in their collection, as does hawaii.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:31 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

This is really a non-story... Boise State wore ORANGE at home last year to prove that they don't need to blend in to win.  All I can say is that Colorado State better wear white at home on their green field.  That is an unfair advantage!!!  :P

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:09 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

The next thing you know they will tell the fans that they can't cheer too loud because it will give a competitive advantage because the opponent players can't hear the quaterback calling the plays,lol. If I'm not mistaken, Oregon design their new basketball court just to do just that, confuse the opposing players with the design and color scheme. Glad the Pac 12 is not like MWC or else Oregon have to redo their basketball court just so that the opposition gets a fair chance of beating them, lol.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 11:44 am

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

When I first read this story, I thougt, "what a whiner".  After thinking about it for a while, I realized that it does give them an unfair advantage.  I dont mind the blue field.  If that is their thing, fine, but they need to wear white.  They are good enough that shouldnt need to do stuff like that.  

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:30 am

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

All i can say to all of you people whining about a blue field and matching uniforms is this.  In 2007 and 2010 this team (Boise State) went to the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma and TCU.  These teams were highly touted in the media and were supposed to hand Boise their walking papers out of the BCS; well, since Boise did not belong in the BCS.  All Boise did, was shutup the naysayers.  Oh, and they did it on a GREEN FIELD!

Now I have to hear Rocky Long from SDSU complain?  Sorry Rocky...all of the contrasting colors in the color spectrum will not help your Aztecs be better than Boise.  So in response to SDSU; thanks for Marshall Faulk and Tony Gwynn they reached the pinnacle of their professional careers.  Outside of that, shutup take the field and lose in a dignified know like every other year.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:01 am

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Don't most teams wear white at home, school colors when travelling?

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:52 am

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Of course it is a competitive advantage. If a team plays and practices on the all blue field wearing all blue uniforms would be use to seeing people move on the field. Visiting teams would not be use to it, thus, a competitive advantage. I have thought this for years. What should actually happen is for the NCAA to create a rule stating that your field must be green. That is what should happen. Bottom line.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:11 am

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Lee, why even visit a forum if not to voice an opinion on different issues? Hell, I'm not a member of the Oakland Raiders ... but I sure voice an opinion on the s hit play they have provided over the past 7 years. I'm not a coach but I have an opinion just like I have an opinion of Boise's crappy blue field. Again, my opinion of course.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:43 am

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Blue turf and matching unis is just gimmicky crap.  If Boise St.  wants respect, stop it with this childish behavior.  If your team is good enough, you don't need to resort to non standard field color and matching Unis to create confusion.  Let the play on the field speak for your team.  If your identity is your blue turf, you should be embarrassed. 

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 8:39 am

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

It's nit the uniform colors that bothered me... It's their levitation cleats and their spiking the opponents' Gatorade that was a clear and unfair competitive advantage.

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