Posts tagged: Boise State
Memo to Don Soltman, President, Idaho Board of Education:
With all due respect allow me to bring to your attention the most recent ranking of universities and colleges in the United States put out annually by U.S. News and World Report. Please note that Idaho’s land grant university, the University of Idaho, despite the reduced rations the board and legislature have had it on, still is ranked 161list of national universities. The faculty, the administration, boosters, alumni and students are all to be congratulated on this accomplishment for it comes despite your and Governor Otter’s systematic starving of its budget and your increasingly burdening students with more fees and charges. … Boise State is listed as #65 on the list of best REGIONAL universities in the west. Idaho State made the list of “also rans” (somewhere between 200 and 300) among NATIONAL universities. Spokane’s Gonzaga University is listed as #4 on that list of best western regional universities/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.
Question: Would you rather have a nationally ranked football team (which Boise State currently doesn't) than a college known for quality academics?
The 2013-14 PayScale College Salary report offers an interesting factoid — University of Idaho graduates start with higher salaries and are still earning more at mid-career that their Boise State University counterparts. The report shows that University of Idaho graduates average a beginning salary of $45,300 and are earning an average of $82,700 by mid-career. By contrast, Boise State graduates average a starting salary of $43,100 and are earning $67,000 by mid-career. UIdaho is tied for 242nd among USA's colleges, while Boise State ranks 648th. Maybe there's more to Idaho secondary education than a natonal college football ranking? You can see the entire report here.
Question: What do you make of this report?
Just how popular are the Broncos in the Gem State and elsewhere? The folks at social media giant Facebook have an answer — sort of. Late last week, Facebook released its first NCAA college football fan map, similar to maps it has done in recent years showing the allegiances of its users to specific NFL and MLB teams. Using the AP's Top 25 preseason rankings, Facebook analyzed how many “likes” each Top 25 team's official Facebook page had in every county in every state. Boise State, which was 19th in the preseason rankings before dropping out altogether this week after being throttled by Washington in the season opener, won the popularity contest in the majority of Idaho counties. But it wasn't a Gem State shutout. Oregon, which dominates much of the West Coast in the Facebook popularity map, also stole some Idaho counties — Camas and Blaine in central Idaho as well as Lewis County and every county north of it/Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP photo: Oregon's Chance Allen (20) celebrates his touchdown run against Nicholls State Saturday)
Question: Are you surprised that the Oregon Ducks are more popular than the Boise State Broncos in the Idaho Panhandle?
Leading Civil War scholars from around the nation will gather at Boise State University on Oct. 25 for a day-long conference entitled, “Why The Civil War Still Matters.” The conference is sponsored y the Andrus Center for Public Policy, the Idaho Humanities Council and the Idaho Council for History Education. Advance registration is required; the $25 registration fee, which includes lunch, will be waived for any current high school or college student. Marc Johnson, president of the Andrus Center, said the conference marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
Question: Are you interested in the Civil War?
Fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A is the target of protests and boycotts across the country. The company’s CEO recently angered gay rights activists with statements opposed to same sex marriage and his financial support for anti-gay marriage groups. Chick-fil-A is a privately owned company but what happens when that private company meets a public institution? The Chick-fil-A in the Boise State University Student Union Building is doing brisk business these days. It’s one of the few things open during the summer. But Ryan Gregg won’t eat there and he’ll ask his friends not to. That’s as far as Boise State’s student body president is willing to go right now. Gregg says that’s got him some criticism from other gay students. “Students say how can you be the first openly gay president and not rail against this.” Gregg answers, the Chick-fil-A in the SUB is there because students chose it in a survey. He says students must decide what comes next/Adam Cotterell, Boise State Radio. More here. (AP photo: Same-sex couples kiss during national kiss-in protest, outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Fresno, Calif., Friday.)
Question: Should Boise State keep the Chick-fil-A restaurant open?
Boise State president Bob Kustra is joining the rush of support to get former Idaho Vandals All-American and Green Bay Packers legend Jerry Kramer into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Boise State announced Thursday it is urging “Bronco Nation” to participate in a letter writing campaign. “In addition to being one of the greatest football players of all time, Kramer also is an outstanding citizen of Boise and a true ambassador of Idaho,” wrote Kustra in his June 15 letter to the Senior Selection Committee. “His commitment, volunteerism, and loyalty to our community are values shared by Boise State University and qualities we feel are equally important as his athletic accomplishments.” … In 1969, Kramer was named the ‘Outstanding Guard of the First 50 Years of Football’ by the NFL, but he is the only player on that list who is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame/Idaho Press Tribune. (IPT photo by Charlie Litchfield)
Shoshone Conservative: BSU, on the other hand, was an entirely unnecessary additional State University built solely for the purpose to spare Treasure Valley denizens from having to dirty themselves by leaving the Great State of Ada for their higher education. Then, after turning their community college into a 4-year university, they stick their own taxpayers with the expense of building a new community college to replace it (CWI). I suppose it also serves the purpose of giving Boise the next best thing to an NFL team: A pretty good college team, with the mascot, logo, and colors of an NFL team (I’m really surprised, actually, that Denver hasn’t sued them, or sent one of those “cease and desist” letters). Then they put a big-mouthed Chicago politician in charge so they can use every Machiavellian tactic they can to take money away from the other universities.
Question: Sho-Con argues that the state Bored of Education is trying to create a fiction that the state's universities are on equal footing (re: “flagship” flap). In reality, he sez, Idaho is the main land grant college, enshrined in the state's Constitution. Should UIdaho remain the first among equals?
Idaho media recently carried reports that the State Board of Education had unanimously voted to strip the word “flagship” from the University of Idaho’s mission statement. President Duane Nellis appeared stunned by the move. He should not have been – even this scribe pointed out a year ago in several columns that shang-haing the title of flagship away from the land grant university was part of BSU President Bob Kustra’s five-year game plan to have the Boise State campus be perceived by the public and politicians as the real flagship in Idaho’s university system. The apparent ease with which President Kustra pulled off the move not only is a testament to his political and p.r. skills, it also says much about President Nellis’ passive nature. Vandal partisans should ask pointedly why their president, despite all the obvious signs, failed to see this coming and did nothing to block it/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.
Question: Do you credit BSU President Bob Kustra's Machavellian skill or UI President Duane Nellis's passivity for the Bored of Education's decision to remove “flagship” from UI's mission statement?
In a clumsy, method-to-madness way, the State Board of Education spiced up what could have been a dull discussion about mission statements. Just remove the word “flagship” from the University of Idaho’s mission statement, and it’s like football season all over again. Vandal haters went online to talk smack and share a few virtual fist bumps. Vandal faithful, stunned and blindsided, looked around for a referee to boo. A role played happily by the State Board, which started rewording the universities’ mission statements Wednesday, one day before pointing a torpedo at the U of I’s flagship. The board’s idea was to remove wording that gives one university preeminence over the others — to level the proverbial playing field/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Did this level the playing field for all Idaho colleges? Or simply set up a situation — like BSU President Bob Kustra's dig at UI fans — that'll be remembered for years?
Boise State head coach Chris Petersen walks the sidelines during NCAA college football game against Utah in Boise Dec. 4. Petersen is poised to join the ranks of college coaches making more than $2 million per year. The State Board of Education is expected to vote today on a $375,000 raise in Petersen's 2012 salary. The board will also consider a new five-year deal next month in hopes of keeping Petersen from looking for other lucrative and challenging opportunities elsewhere. See story below. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley, File)
Boise State’s highly ranked football program officially accepted an invitation from the Big East on Wednesday, ending months of speculation about the Broncos’ future conference plans. The rest of Boise State’s programs are going to the Western Athletic Conference, which was the Broncos’ home from 2001 to 2011. The conference moves will take effect July 1, 2013. “Today’s announcement represents another significant step forward in the evolution of the Bronco football program and in the incredible growth of Boise State University. The move to the Big East Conference makes a powerful statement about our vision for the future of the football program, and more than ever will showcase the Broncos in the national spotlight,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said/Brian Murphy, Statesman. More here. (Joe Jaszewski Statesman photo: Boise State is stiff-arming the Mountain West and bringing its powerhouse football program to the Big East in 2013)
Question: What do you think about the Boise State sports programs beyond football returning to the Western Athletic Conference?
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen said Monday it’s time to scrap the Bowl Championship Series system that left Nos. 6 Arkansas, 7 Boise State, 8 Kansas State and 9 South Carolina out of the elite bowls in favor of four teams ranked outside the Top 10. “The whole thing needs to be changed, there’s no question about it,” he said. “… I think (change) is coming, I really do.” The Broncos (11-1) were left out of a BCS game with a Top 10 ranking for the fourth time in eight years. This time, they were passed over for a Sugar Bowl matchup that features No. 11 Virginia Tech (11-2) and No. 13 Michigan (10-2). Virginia Tech lost by 28 points Saturday and hasn’t beaten anyone currently ranked. “Everybody is just very tired of the BCS,” Petersen said. “I think that’s the bottom line. Everybody is frustrated. Everybody doesn’t really know what to do anymore. It doesn’t make sense to anybody. I don’t think anybody is happy anywhere”/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Joe Jaszewski Statesman/AP photo: QB Kellen Moore takes the field against New Mexico Sunday)
Question: Do you agree with BSU football coach Chris Petersen that everyone's tired of BCS bowl system? And/or: Do you want to see LSU & Alabama face each other for second time, in championship game?
ESPN analyst Craig James has drawn the ire of Boise State football fans again this week with his ballot in The Associated Press Top 25. James ranked the Broncos 24th — seven spots lower than any of the other 59 panelists. And those seven points were costly. If James had voted the Broncos 17th, they’d be tied for No. 6 instead of tied for No. 9. Earlier this year, James railed against the Broncos as national title contenders on ESPN’s “BCS Countdown” show. James had the Broncos ranked No. 8 before their loss to TCU, tied for the lowest among AP voters. He dropped them to No. 25 after that one-point loss/Dan Popkey, Statesman. More here. H/T: Orbusmax.
Question: Is it fair that one person with voting privileges can pull once-defeated Boise State down in the polls as a result of his ridiculous balloting?
Boise State's Chris Petersen will be the first coach UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero will approach about the Bruins' football job, according to influential people with knowledge of the situation who are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Guerrero, who on Monday announced the firing of Rick Neuheisel, is expected to make a trip to Boise to meet with Petersen. UCLA is believed to be able to offer a contract worth more than $3 million annually that includes donations from boosters. Plans to refurbish the Bruins’ practice facility and a commitment of about $2 million for assistant coaches are expected to be part of the package, accord to one person close to the situation/Los Angeles Times. More here. (Charlie Litchfield's Idaho Press-Tribune photo: Boise State head coach Chris Petersen and Kellen Moore (11) talk with an official during the TCU game.)
Question: Can Boise State keep winning without Petersen?
Boise State to the Big East Conference. Really, that’s all we need to read to understand that when it comes to the shuffle of college football’s backstabbers and soul-sellers from conference to conference, it’s not a matter of getting our arms around it but of applying palm to forehead. To the genre of one-word disaster/doom movies – “Twister,” “Outbreak,” and “Armageddon” – let us add a new entry: “Realignment.” Not all precincts have reported, but the latest count reveals that 24 college football programs have divorced and remarried in the last, oh, 20 months, or will within the next week if you believe the drumbeat. Two of them – TCU and Boise State – will have done so twice, a Kardashian pace/John Blanchette, SR. More here.
Question: Would Boise State find happiness in the Big East?
There is at least one Boise State fan who hasn’t spent time worrying about the end of last year’s 34-31 overtime loss to Nevada. The man at the center of the action in Reno. Kicker Kyle Brotzman missed a game-winning 26-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation and a 29-yard attempt just moments later in overtime. But Brotzman, who is back in the Treasure Valley after kicking for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League this summer, isn’t dwelling on the misses as Nevada makes a trip to Bronco Stadium — the first meeting between the teams since that fateful night in November. Brotzman, the all-time leading scorer among kickers in FBS, is coaching kickers at Rocky Mountain High, refereeing high school soccer games and planning to return to the Blaze next season. Brotzman made 41-of-48 extra-point attempts and 1-of-2 field goal tries in six games with Utah/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Cathleen Allison's AP file photo — Kyle Brotzman reacts after missing a 29 yard field goal attempt during overtime against Nevada last Nov. 26, 2010.)
Question: What was the worst flub by a player from a team that you root for?
Toledo wide receiver Eric Page, center, is tackled by Boise State linebacker (and former Lake City Timberwolf) Byron Hout, left, and cornerback Jerrell Gavins, right, in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Toledo, Ohio, Friday. Visiting No. 4-ranked Boise State throttled Toledo 40-15. ESPN/AP story & scoreboard here. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Question: Any diehard fans of the Idaho Vandals out there think Boise State isn't worthy of a No. 4 ranking?
In a WAC forum re: the disparity of U.S. News & World Report rankings of UIdaho (No. 160 nationally) and Boise State (No. 67 regionally), a poster asked: “Do you mean to say the Boise State Football Team fields a college?” A Berry Picker emails additional insight to Huckleberries: “The difference in academic programs between Idaho and Boise St. is somewhat in inverse proportion to the difference in their football teams. I guess people need to decide which is most important but I think it's important to remember that leadership in football does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with academic prowess. The other 'national university' in Idaho (in terms of the USNWR rankings) is Idaho State which was unranked. While it would be nice to see Idaho higher than 160 I think the taxpayers and their children are getting a pretty good return on a declining investment.”
Question: Which is more important — a nationally ranked football team or superior academics?
Boise State President Bob Kustra talks with an Associated Press reporter about the NCAA violations imposed on them today at his office in Boise. The NCAA placed Boise State on probation for three years and imposed other sanctions Tuesday for major violations by the football program and other sports. The sanctions included a public reprimand, a one-year postseason ban for women's tennis and recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions. Some of the penalties had previously been self-imposed by the university. Story here. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)