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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: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:54 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

So, is Eastern Washington unbeatable on their red turf?  Is Barrow High School in Alaska unbeatable on their blue smurf turf?  Boise State is not the only school in the U.S. with non-green turf, you know.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:43 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Funny, I thought that's why call it a home field advantaged.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:32 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

It is a complete advantage to them.  Look at their uniforms 4 years ago compared to last year.  The shade of blue changes each year.  My neighbor played there between 2007 and 2009 on the basketball team and he was telling me that each year they custom match the jersey to what the field has faded to for the year.  I've read numerous complaints from the opposition that it makes them feel sick to play on it.  Kudos to the MWC to have the guts to force this upon them!

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:23 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

<span style="color: #000000;">Funny you should mention Notre Dame.  They are the team that used to have brown footballs on the stomaches of their jerseys so that it was hard to tell who had the football.  When they got called out on that, they put a brown stripe across their midsections.  The problem is, Notre Dame did this back in the Rockne days.  NOT in today's NCAA football.  Boise State knows that it is a competitive advantage, that is why they are getting so upset. 

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:07 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

If it is so "hard" for defenders to see the offence then how does the QB see his receivers? "providing a competitive advantage" is BS!

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:06 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Can Michigan State, Tulane, Baylor, Oregon, etc.  wear all green uniforms on their traditional green football fields?

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:50 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

MWC chose the wrong thing to change here. The field needs to be a natural grass color, not this video game blue.

Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:48 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.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:41 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

What's to expect? it is the MWC after all. Terrible t.v. deal, to now not letting the Broncos not wearing blue colored uniforms, what a joke. I guess Wyoming, SDSU, Colorado State ain't like former WAC foes USU, Fresno State, Hawai'i in wanting to get pwnd week in and week out everytime they visit.

Oh well, that's why my team left that horrible conference...

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 11:58 am

Awww, the heck with it

Just let everybody wear camos.  

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