Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:50 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 12:57 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
While it's not exactly the type of rivalry that is constantly mentioned amongst the great rivalries of college football, in the state of Idaho, people take the annual meeting between Boise State and Idaho rather seriously. Though, to be fair, it's not as much of a rivalry these days as it is Boise State pounding Idaho into submission every year while maintaining its role as BCS-busting darling of the masses. More than anything, it seems that Idaho has a bit of the little brother syndrome.
When Boise State gets its own airplane, Idaho wants its own airplane. Things like that. Still, Idaho doesn't take too kindly to Boise State talking down to it, like Boise president Bob Kustra said earlier this year that Idaho's fan base was "nasty, inebriated." Idaho running back Deonte Jackson remembers those words, though he also likes to consider the source.
“Personally, I tried not to read too much into it,” Jackson told the Idaho Statesman. “But I wouldn’t expect anything different coming from the blue and orange snot. I just took it and use it as fuel in the fire and feed my hunger to want to get after these guys to finish my career off with a win against them and bring pride back to this community, the University of Idaho and Moscow.”
Wait, they dye their boogers at Boise State too? Come on, let's show some dignity and self-restraint here, Broncos.
Jackson didn't just rip on Boise's president, though, after he got his shot in he went on to lavish the actual football team with praise. After all, knocking off the Broncos will be hard enough, giving Boise's players any extra motivation probably wouldn't serve Jackson or the Vandals all that well.
Though, if you're waiting for Boise players to respond to Jackson's comments about their president, don't hold your breath. Chris Petersen has his players off-limits to the media this week hence they say something inflammatory about Idaho.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 5:08 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 5:17 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Earlier today, the semifinalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the top senior quarterback in the nation, were announced. Sure, the list is going to pale in comparison to the Davey O'Brien Award, which is allowed to nominate the likes of Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Kellen Moore, Denard Robinson, et cetera, but the senior class is still pretty strong this season.
To that end, we celebrate these eight quarterbacks who were nominated by the Unitas committee:
All worthy honorees, these; of the eight listed, the top six seniors in passing efficiency are represented, and the other two (Ponder, Locker) are high-level pro prospects. It's likely that neither makes the list of five finalists, but they both deserve some credit for their long, eventful college careers.
But wait -- five finalists? Out of eight semifinalists? Oh, no no; here's the rub. There are actually 10 semifinalists. It's just that the last two are so inexplicable that we couldn't in good conscience discuss them in the same context as the first eight. The other two semifinalists, who you wouldn't have guessed given 10 tries, are Idaho's Nathan Enderle and Delaware's Pat Devlin. Yeah, exactly.
Enderle is currently 61st among FBS quarterbacks in passing efficiency, and he's tied for fourth in most interceptions thrown with 12. Yes, he's 11th in passing yards per game, but that just makes him the Jerrod Johnson of the WAC. Enderle's not exactly a dual threat, either; he has no rushing touchdowns on the season and rushes for about -18 yards a game once sacks are factored in. Enderle also likely holds the ignominious honor of the worst yards per reception rate in the NCAA, as he was credited for one catch for -13 yards against Hawaii last week. We hope that's the worst in the NCAA, anyway, because woe is anyone worse than that.
But for as odd as Enderle's selection is, Devlin's is downright mystifying; the Penn State transfer is currently helming the Delaware Blue Hens, who are No. 4 in the FCS, but that's about as far as Devlin's accomplishments go. He's accounted for six touchdowns on the entire year, and half of those came against D-II West Chester to begin the season. In other words, Devlin has thrown three touchdowns against FCS competition all season long. GET THAT MAN ON A SEMIFINALISTS LIST, STAT.
As with Ponder and Locker, it's extremely unlikely that these two guys make the final cut, and it's also unikely that any of the quarterback that got snubbed (FCS No. 3 Villanova's Chris Whitney, Texas Tech's Taylor Potts, and Fresno State's Ryan Colburn , to name a few) would have made the top five either. Still, any of those three would have been better choices than either Enderle or Devlin, and we're at a loss for trying to figure out why either of those two quarterbacks made the list of 10 semifinalists.
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Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:02 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Last year the Idaho Vandals were getting ready to board a plane to head to Boise to take on in-state rival Boise State when athletic director Rob Spear refused to get on the plane. Why? Well, the plane was painted in orange and blue, which happen to be Boise State's colors. It's one of many planes that Horizon Air has given college themes, including planes for Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.
Well, Spear said at the time that he wouldn't fly on a Horizon Air plane until they'd painted one with an Idaho Vandals theme. It looks like he won't be missing any road games in the near future.
Horizon Air has announced that a Q400 aircraft will be painted in Idaho silver and gold. The plane will be available for service in November, a year after Spear made headlines for declining to board the Boise State plane.
So I guess you can say that the plane has been Vandal-ized. Oh man, trust me that one hurt me just as much to type it as it did for you to read it. Seriously, though, this hardly seems fair. George Clooney's character in Up In The Air had to fly ten million miles just to get his name put on an airplane, and Spear just has to throw a hissy-fit and he gets his own personally themed plane.
Who knew the athletic director at Idaho could have so much pull? If I'm Alabama AD Mal Moore I'm demanding my own airport.
Hat tip to the good Doctor.