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Uh, so who asked him to?

Here’s why Gov. Butch Otter issued the press release saying he “won’t intervene” in the BSU-UI football rivalry spat: He was asked about it after his speech to the Boise chamber today by Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey. “The governor told him, he said, ‘Personally, my personal view is I’d like to see that rivalry and that game continue, but Dan, honestly, I’ve got to see what authority I have in order to do that,” said Otter’s press secretary, Jon Hanian. “He said, ‘I need to find that out and let you know.’” Then, Hanian said, “It didn’t take long to determine.”

Said Hanian, “We have not gotten any request from the university. … We were just responding to a question.”

Guv ‘won’t intervene’ in UI-BSU football spat

Gov. Butch Otter just issued this press release:                                                        

GOVERNOR WON’T INTERVENE IN FOOTBALL SCHEDULING

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter issued the following statement today about the controversy surrounding continuation of the football series between the University of Idaho and Boise State University after the 2010 season: “As a football fan and an Idahoan, I’d like to see the series continue. As Governor, I have no authority, no role and no interest in micromanaging our universities’ football programs. That’s why we hire university presidents, athletic directors and coaches. I have every confidence that they’ll work things out.”

This after a big clash over BSU President Bob Kustra’s comment to the Idaho Statesman’s editorial board yesterday that he didn’t care if the BSU Broncos never played the UI Vandals again, given Vandal fans’ trashing of BSU’s academic programs. “I frankly don’t care whether we ever play ‘em again,” Kustra told the newspaper. “It’s a culture that is nasty, inebriated and civilly doesn’t give our fans the respect that any fan should expect when visiting an away team.” UI President Duane Nellis then responded in a statement that he was “disappointed” at Kustra’s remarks, and that “in-state rivalries are meant to be fun.” By last night, Kustra had issued a statement saying his comments were “harsher than I intended” and that he plans to leave football scheduling decisions to athletic officials. Click below to read the full statements from both Nellis and Kustra.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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