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Boise State Picks New Football Coach

SATURDAY, DEC. 28, 1996

Houston Nutt, coach at Murray State of Kentucky for four years, was hired as head football coach at Boise State on Friday.

Athletic director Gene Bleymaier announced Nutt’s selection as the replacement for Pokey Allen, who resigned this month after renewed growth of cancer in his lungs was discovered.

Nutt, 39, is getting a one-year contract as required by state Board of Education rules.

The Broncos finished their first season of NCAA Division I-A competition in 1996 with a 2-10 record. Boise State moved from the Division I-AA Big Sky Conference to the I-A Big West Conference last summer.

Nutt will be the Broncos’ sixth head coach since Boise State became a four-year school in 1968.

“Things are unlimited as to what can happen in regards to the Boise State program and coaching at the I-A level,” he said. “It has a very warm feeling and I can see where it should not be a problem recruiting student-athletes.”

Nutt guided Murray State, a I-AA team, to a 31-16 record in four seasons. The past two seasons his record was 22-3.

He played football at Arkansas and Oklahoma State.

New Idaho State football coach Tom Walsh has named four assistants as he prepares to rebuild the Bengals program for the 1997 Big Sky Conference campaign.

Bruce Barnum, 32, of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will be offensive line coach.

Leo Brouhard, 46, a high school coach in California, will serve as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at ISU.

John Ely, 31, the Bengals’ new linebackers coach, was a graduate assistant linebackers and safeties coach from 1994 to ‘96 at San Diego State and was an assistant at Washington State in 1992 and ‘93.

Tom Porras, 38, who will coach ISU’s quarterbacks and receivers, is a former professional quarterback in the USFL, CFL and the Arena Football League. He played for the Washington Huskies in 1978 and ‘79.

The University of Georgia will wait until a January meeting with the NCAA enforcement staff before deciding whether to sanction itself for violating four rules regarding the football program.

Georgia, which admitted the violations, denied six other allegations in releasing its response to the NCAA Infractions Committee.

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