Mountain West not feeling the blues

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Mountain West not feeling the blues

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by Jay Tust

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Posted on July 26, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 3:55 AM

BOISE - The Boise State football team won't be blending into the blue like they used to.

At the Mountain West media days Tuesday afternoon, conference commissioner Craig Thompson said the Broncos will not be allowed to wear their all blue uniforms during conference games at home this season.

"The blue turf is something that is the mantra for Boise State," said Thompson.  "They are not going to change that.  Our presidents had heard people on their campus (say) that it was a competitive advantage."

While Boise State can still chose their uniform combinations during non-conference matchups, Thompson added this was a topic the Mountain West wanted to address.

"It started obviously at the coaches level.  Then the athletic directors discussed it and ultimately the board of directors said that's part of the membership agreement," explained Thompson.

According to the schools website, Boise State has lost just two home games since 1999, but past players do not believe the uniforms are the reason for their success.

"Maybe to the fans eye our jerseys might blend in a little bit," said former safety Winston Venable, "but when you are right there (on the field), I don't necessarily feel like they blend in."

Last season, the Broncos beat Fresno State 51-0 at Bronco Stadium wearing all orange uniforms.

Boise State will host Air Force, TCU, Wyoming and New Mexico during conference play this fall.

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