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BSU refusing to disclose details of stadium naming rights deal, citing ‘trade secrets’

Boise State University is refusing to disclose details of the multimillion-dollar naming rights deal in which Bronco Stadium is being renamed Albertsons Stadium – even to the State Board of Education, the Idaho Statesman reports. The $12.5 million, 15-year deal was the subject of a public records request from the Statesman, but when the university provided documents about the deal, it blacked out all dollar figures, claiming those details are “trade secrets.” The state board meets tomorrow in Idaho Falls, and the deal is on its agenda; Statesman sports writer Chadd Cripe reports that the state board staff, in its memo to the board, wrote, “The net revenue to be paid to BSU under this Agreement (in concert with the Learfield agreement) remains uncertain to staff. This issue along with additional questions about the Agreement remain to be addressed at the Board meeting. Staff reserves judgment pending resolution of these matters.” Cripe’s full report is online here.

A follow-up: Today Cripe, at @IDS_BroncoBeat, sent out this tweet: “Boise State President Bob Kustra left me a voice mail this morning. He was upset stadium docs were redacted, said info will be released”

BSU lands commitment from 4-star quarterback Brett Rypien

Boise State has landed a commitment from four-star quarterback Brett Rypien, a junior at Shadle Park High School in Spokane and the nephew of former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien. The younger Rypien wore a number 11 BSU jersey at Boise State’s scrimmage over the weekend, the number worn by former star BSU quarterback Kellen Moore. Spokesman-Review sports writer Greg Lee writes that Rypien is “arguably the best quarterback in Greater Spokane League history,” where he’s broken record after record; he broke his uncle’s Greater Spokane League career passing record of 4,965 yards last September. Rypien passed up offers from WSU, his uncle’s alma mater, Washington, Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado State, Mississippi State and Idaho.

“I wanted a good coaching staff, good facilities and an atmosphere I could see myself being successful in for four years,” Rypien told Lee. “Boise State definitely has all of that for me.” You can read Lee’s full report here, and a full report from Idaho Statesman sports writer Chadd Cripe here. Rypien would join the Broncos in 2015.

Catching up on a holiday week’s news…

There’s not usually a lot of news over the holidays, but there was some last week while I was gone. Here’s a quick roundup:

Wolf derby: A federal judge on Friday declined to block a “Predator Derby” scheduled over the weekend in Salmon targeting wolves and coyotes, ruling organizers weren’t required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Idaho For Wildlife, the sponsoring group, reported that by the end of the derby yesterday, no wolves had been shot but 21 coyotes were.

Idaho airman killed: Sandpoint Air Force Capt. David Lyon died Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, after his vehicle was hit by an explosion. Lyon, 28, was about a month away from completing his year-long deployment to Afghanistan; he was an Air Force Academy graduate, a five-year Air Force veteran, and a renowned track star at Sandpoint High School. There’s a full report here at

Gay marriage: Four couples challenging Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban asked a federal judge on Thursday to block the state from intervening in their lawsuit, which was filed against Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Ada County Clerk Chris Rich. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden responded, “I have an obligation to defend the Constitution and the statutes of Idaho, and that's what we intend to do.” The Idaho case is developing as judges in New Mexico, Ohio and Utah have ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.

Megaload rolls: A giant shipment of oil field equipment bound for the Canadian oil sands drew spectators and a handful of protesters as it moved into Idaho, spending a week in the Marsing area due to weather delays. It traveled nearly 100 miles over the weekend, moving only at night, but will take a break over the New Year’s holiday.

Bowl loss: Oregon State beat Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, snapping a five-game losing streak for OSU. BSU played without starting quarterback Joe Southwick, who was sent home for a team rules violation, but then went public, saying he was wrongly accused of urinating off a hotel balcony and had taken a lie detector test to prove his innocence. It was an odd end to a tumultuous season for the Broncos, who just lost prized coach Chris Petersen to the University of Washington; new coach Bryan Harsin takes over after the bowl loss.

Duck politics: The A&E Network ended its suspension of Duck Dynasty reality show star Phil Robertson for his controversial remarks about homosexuality and race in a magazine interview, after the rest of the cast refused to go forward without him. Former Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, who is running for Idaho Secretary of State, announced that his March fundraiser with Robertson will proceed as planned, saying, “Our family proudly stands in support of the Robertson family in its modeling and expression of our Christian family values and heritage.”

State board approves ‘material terms’ for employing new BSU coach Harsin

Idaho’s State Board of Education has approved the “material terms” of employment for Bryan Harsin, the new head football coach at Boise State University; further details will be brought before the board in February for final approval. The terms approved by the board today include a fixed contract term of five years, with compensation of $1 million in each of the first two years, $1.3 million in year 3, $1.55 million in year 4, and $1.65 million in year 5, with additional pay for performance to be determined.

There’s also a buy-out provision: If Harsin leaves early without cause, he’d owe the university $2 million in year 1; $2 million in year 2; $1.75 million in year 3; or $500,000 in year 4. The terms also include covering the cost of Harsin’s buy-out from Arkansas State University of $1.75 million. “No state funds are used and these amounts are paid only from program revenues, media, donations and other non-state funds,” according to state board documents from today’s meeting. You can see the full document here; scroll down to Tab 4.

It’s now official: BSU has hired Harsin

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State has hired Bryan Harsin as the Broncos head football coach. Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle made the announcement official Wednesday, calling Harsin one of the top young coaches in the country. The 37-year-old moves from Arkansas State to take over for Chris Petersen, who left last week for Washington. The former Broncos assistant says he's thrilled to be returning to Boise, where he grew up and played as a walk-on for the Broncos. Harsin worked at Boise State from 2001-2010, serving as offensive coordinator under Petersen for five years. He left in 2010 to become offensive coordinator at Texas before moving to Arkansas State last season. In his only season as head coach, the Red Hawks finished 7-5 and will play in the Bowl this month.

There's more here on Harsin and the announcement. Coyle said, “Bryan played a key role in the development of the football program as an assistant for 10 years at Boise State and we look forward to his leadership as we continue the ascension of Bronco football.”

Harsin said, “We're coming home. … One of the hardest decisions we ever made was leaving Boise. We did that so I could become a better coach, so I could one day have the opportunity to return as head coach - that day has arrived.” Click below for a full report from AP reporter Todd Dvorak.

Reports: Bryan Harsin picked as next head football coach for Boise State

Here's a news item from the Associated Prss: A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Boise State has hired Arkansas State's Bryan Harsin as its next coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not become official. Harsin will replace Chris Petersen, who left Boise State for Washington last week. Harsin worked at Boise State from 2001-2010 and was offensive coordinator for the Broncos from 2006-2010. He was offensive coordinator at Texas for two seasons before taking over at Arkansas State, where he went 7-5 this year. The Red Wolves have had three straight one-and-done coaches: Hughes Freeze, Gus Malzahn and Harsin.

Petersen on move to UW: ‘It was just time’

Chris Petersen was introduced as the University of Washington's new head football coach at a press conference today in Seattle; click below for the full AP report. On his departure from Boise State after incredible success - and after years of spurning offers from other schools - Petersen said, “It was just time. We've done some really good things there and I think for me to take the next step as a coach, as a teacher and a person to grow, I needed to take that next step.”

Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said Petersen was the only one offered the job; he'll make $18 million in guaranteed compensation as part of his five-year agreement with available bonuses that could add another $1 million per season. Petersen will make $3.2 million in 2014 with a $200,000 increase each season, topping out at $4 million in 2018. “I think we paid coach Petersen market rate and we're going to be competitive in the market,” Woodward said.

Petersen said he's been overwhelmed by the reaction from those in Boise, comparing it to being eulogized, rather than the bitterness that has accompanied other coaching changes. “It's kind of strange when you read all this stuff. It's almost like you died. It's kind of weird. What I think is my heart and soul has been in Boise so long and they appreciate that and I wasn't going to run out of there for just anything, money or a bigger stadium or anything like that. That's never what I've been about and I think people realize that. I think they realize the timing was right, the fit was right and I think they're good with it because it was truly those things.”

Boise State launches national search for new head football coach

It's official: Boise State is thanking head football coach Chris Petersen for his leadership of the Broncos, and launching a national search for a new head coach. “I know Bronco Nation joins me in thanking Chris Petersen for all he did to advance Boise State’s football program over the past 13 years,” BSU President Bob Kustra said in a statement. “He is not only a great coach but a great person and an asset to the community. We were lucky to have him at Boise State and Washington is lucky to get him. We wish Chris and Barbara the very best.” Click below for the full statement from Kustra and BSU director of athletics Mark Coyle.

Coach Pete leaving Boise State, headed to UW Huskies

Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen is leaving for the University of Washington, the AP reports this morning. Petersen will replace Steve Sarkisian, who's headed to USC. Click below for the full AP report. The Idaho Statesman has a full report here, which notes that Petersen is scheduled to make $2,348,000 in 2014, has five years left on his contract, which extends each time he wins eight games, and has a $750,000 buyout. The Statesman also reports that he is contractually obligated to coach the Broncos in their bowl game even if he takes another job “to minimize the impact on the program.”

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Southwick undergoing surgery, out for at least five weeks

Joe Southwick, the BSU Broncos' starting quarterback who broke his ankle on the first offensive play of Saturday's game against Nevada, was undergoing surgery today and is expected to be out for at least five weeks, the AP reports, leaving backup quarterback Grant Hedrick in charge of BSU's offense heading into Friday's game against BYU. Click below for a full report from AP reporter Todd Dvorak.

Full moon heralds wild night on the blue for Boise State

Quite a night at BSU's Bronco Stadium tonight, where the Nevada WolfPack howled for the first half - which started with the shocking injury of BSU starting quarterback Joe Southwick, later announced to be a broken ankle - and was ahead of BSU 17-7 at the half. Then a full moon rose over the stadium, and everything changed. Backup quarterback Grant Hedrick led BSU to a 34-17 win over Nevada; it was BSU's homecoming game. Among the highlights: A 71-yard touchdown run from Jay Ajayi, and Hedrick throwing for 150 yards and running for another 115. This view from the west end of the stadium shows the full moon, at left, just as the second half opened. 

Coach Pete: ‘Matter of time’ before BSU suffered big loss

Boise State coach Chris Petersen said Monday it was “just a matter of time” before his Broncos suffered a lopsided defeat like Saturday's 38-6 drubbing at the hands of Washington, especially since he nearly always schedules a tough opponent to start the season, the AP reports. At a post-loss news conference in Boise, however, Petersen praised the Broncos for focusing at practice earlier in the day, saying “they went back to work.”

BSU's decision to schedule teams like UW this year and Michigan State a year ago to start the 2012 season — the Broncos lost 17-13 then — only served to increase the likelihood that eventually a lopsided outing would catch up with one of his squads, Petersen said. “You open up every year like we open up, you're going to get your nose bloodied,” he said at Monday's news conference, according to the Idaho Statesman. “It's just a matter of time.” Click below for a full report from the Associated Press; BSU plays the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday for the Broncos' home opener.

Southwick named starting quarterback for BSU Broncos

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Boise State on Sunday named redshirt junior Joe Southwick the starting quarterback for the No. 24 Broncos. Southwick, a 6-foot-1, 187-pounder from Danville, Calif., was a backup a year ago to Kellen Moore, who during his career won more games than any other quarterback in the history of college football. As a backup Southwick mostly saw action in fourth-quarter mop-up duty. In eight games, he was 23 of 30 for 198 yards and one TD and one interception. Coach Chris Petersen says Southwick knows the system well and prepared hard to earn the starting job. Southwick says he feels privileged as well a lot of responsibility in being named the starter. The Broncos open the season Friday against No. 12 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. Click below for a full report from Idaho Statesman sports writer Brian Murphy via the Associated Press; the photo above is by Statesman photographer Chris Butler via AP.

State board approves pay raise for BSU’s Coach Pete

Idaho's state Board of Education has voted unanimously to grant Boise State University's request to boost the base pay for its head football coach, Chris Petersen, to $2 million. In a special meeting, the board voted to bump up Petersen's base pay to $2 million for the 2012-2013 year, up $375,000 from the current $1,175,000. Petersen has a five-year contract that includes annual increases, which would otherwise push his base pay up to $1,575,000 by Jan. 31, 2016; the board will consider a new five-year pact later. He is the state's highest-paid state employee, but the money doesn't come from state funds; instead, it's from program revenues, media, public appearance fees, donations and other non-state funds.

“The impact on the university will be minimal,” said board member Milford Terrell, noting that the change won't tap into any state funds. State Schools Supt. Tom Luna asked to clarify that no state funds will be used, and was assured that was the case. “I don't have a problem with this and I'm going to support it,” Luna said. The AP reports that Petersen is 73-6 in six seasons as head coach for the Broncos.

State Board approves possible Big East move for BSU football

State Board of Education member Milford Terrell moved to authorize BSU President Bob Kustra to make the final decision “as to whether it is in the best interest of the university to accept an invitation to the Big East conference as a football-only member, and to another conference as to the remainder of the university's intercollegiate sports.” Board member Rod Lewis seconded the motion.

Asked how long all this would take, Kustra told the board, “I would think that by next week we would have a resolution in this matter.” He noted that the appropriate conference varies by sport. “Our wrestling team, for example, is in the PAC-12, because that's simply the best place for our wrestling team to be,” he said. It's important, he said, to find the “best match.”

Board member Bill Goesling proposed to delay a vote so the board could gather more information, but his proposal got no second. The board then passed Terrell's motion on a 7-1 vote, with Goesling, of Moscow, casting the only dissenting vote. Kustra told the board that BSU would join the Big East only if it would play in a new Western Division the conference is establishing, which could include Southern Methodist University, the University of Houston, Boise State, Air Force, and at least one other western school.

Kustra: Big East’s proposed new western division attractive

BSU President Bob Kustra told the state Board of Education today that a new western division of the Big East conference for football could include Southern Methodist University, the University of Houston, Boise State, and Air Force, plus two more he's not “at liberty” to name, “but I will tell you I'm very pleased about the prospects of this western division, including not only the four I mentioned but two more that would be very solid citizens in a western division like this.”

Asked by the board if it would be a “deal breaker” if the Big East didn't establish a western division, Kustra responded, “Yes, without a doubt, that is a deal breaker.” The idea would be for the western schools to play the western schools, he said.

More national attention for BSU football…

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The “firsts” keep coming for the Boise State football team. The third-ranked Broncos will be featured on the national cover of Sports Illustrated magazine this week. The Idaho Statesman reports that SI writer Austin Murphy spent much of last week in Boise to report and write a story about whether the Broncos should be eligible to play for the BCS national championship. Two photographers shot the Boise State-Oregon State game on Saturday night. Boise State was on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated’s college football preview in August, but this is the school’s first national cover. It hits news stands Wednesday. Boise State’s game against Oregon State also drew ESPN’s “College GameDay” show to Boise for the first time on Saturday. And the game against Oregon State was the first regular-season Boise State game to air nationally on network television.

Risch collects on bet over BSU football

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch won his bet with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia when the BSU Broncos defeated Virginia Tech on the football field, 33-30, so today, Warner had to pay up by posing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in a Boise State jersey. Here’s the photo. Interestingly, Risch has long been an outspoken opponent of gambling, and led the fight in the state Senate in 2001 to reject then-Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s negotiated tribal gaming compacts with Idaho’s Indian tribes; Risch said then that the move would “sell our beautiful Idaho into the harlotry of casino gambling.”

BSU accepts invite to join Mountain West

Boise State University has accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference and become its 10th member institution, joining such schools as the U.S. Air Force Academy, BYU, TCU and the University of Utah. The move is effective next summer, on July 1, 2011. The invitation to move from the Western Athletic Conference, or WAC, to the Mountain West, according to BSU President Bob Kustra, “reflects the excellence that Boise State University has demonstrated academically and athletically.” He said, “This move is in the best interests of Boise State’s future, and the university is excited to be part of one of the nation’s most outstanding conferences.” Click below for the full announcement from BSU.

Boise buzzes over Oregon game

Boise is still buzzing in a big way over the wild BSU-Oregon game last night at Bronco Stadium, which drew a record crowd and ended in a 19-8 win for Boise State. Excitement was running so high about the game that it seemed that business came to a standstill in Boise around mid-day yesterday, as folks poured down to the stadium and its vicinity. There was even a bit of a delay in issuing the governor’s press release about the state’s latest budget shortfall yesterday afternoon, as staffers scrambled to get their boss’s final approval on the press release when he’d already headed out to the stadium.

The game was wild, full of errors and missed opportunities on both sides, but it was BSU’s night, culminating in a bizarre moment when, live on national TV (ESPN), Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, reacting to taunting from BSU player Byron Hout, punched Hout in the face, knocking him to his knees. Several large men had to restrain Blount as he left the field, as he lunged toward BSU fans who again taunted him. Blount apologized the same night; according to AP, he said, “I just apologize to anyone watching that. I just apologize to all of our fans and all of Boise’s fans. That’s something I shouldn’t have done. I lost my head. … I should have handled that situation a lot better than I did.” Click here to read the full AP story as posted this morning on the U of O’s Web site.

To top things off, the game started much later than usual - kickoff was at 8:15 p.m. - and went deep into the night, so those who watched, whether at the stadium, at an overflow viewing center set up at BSU’s Taco Bell Arena, at gatherings or at home on TV, are generally exhausted this morning. Perhaps it’s time for the long weekend to begin…

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