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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.

Comments

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:34 pm
 

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

I hate Boise's blue turf because it's ugly, not because of any "competitive advantage".  Does this mean Hawaii has to change the color of their turf from green?




Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:54 pm
 

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Like this?

 

I guess you blue yourself prematurely. 



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:44 pm
 

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Let them wear all blue if they want, but change the fiekl to green - as all football fields should be.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:40 pm
 

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

It looked gay.



Since: Mar 2, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:31 pm
 

If you don't like BSU's colors, what about..

And yet all these years MWC-member Wyoming's colors have been those of liquid and solid body waste -- as accurate a portrayal of their program as this has been, why no complaints about that imagery all over the field?



Since: Apr 18, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:10 pm
 

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

With what they are saying everyone should be equal and play in the same conditions.  But that isn't the case so why should there be a rule to what kind of uniforms you can wear at home?
So with a uniform rule we might as well make ever team play in a dome, with the same amount of seats and same amount of money in the program, with the same kind of recruits and have everyone on an equal playing ground.

I saw a tweet today and it quoted Kellen Moore saying, "when I am playing, I am not looking down on the field, I am looking acrossed it.  So I have no problems with the field during a game."  The players have no issue with seeing the other players so why is there a rule saying what they can and can't wear??



Since: Apr 18, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:06 pm
 

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

With what they are saying everyone should be equal and play in the same conditions.  But that isn't the case so why should there be a rule to what kind of uniforms you can wear at home?

If we start with uniform rules we better go and have each team have the same field, same size stadium, same amount of money going into the program, each team plays in a dome and same amount of 5-star recruits, 4-star recruits, etc.

The Broncos wear blue because they are Blue and Orange, and as Kellen Moore said, "as players we don't look down on the field we look acrossed it, so the blue doesn't effect our view or how we play.



Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:34 pm
 

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

All fields should be green...period.  Having a gimmick for a field certainly does NOT add credibility to the program.  As far as wearing blue on blue, that's ridiculous...does anybody care when Oregon wears all green?



Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:24 pm
 

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Those coaches are looking for an excuse because their inabilitiy to build a team like Bosie State does over and over.  That is why they just reload and not rebuild.  Can someone loan those coaches a shoulder to cry on.



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:58 pm
 

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

If they werent winning this would never have been brought up.  End of story.  This is garbage in its purest form.  Those coaches should be ashamed of themselves.



Ditto, and that's a wrap!


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