Monday, June 13, 2011.
When Boise State added a season opener at Michigan State next year, it thought the 2012 schedule might have been filled. That gave BSU three non-conference games, plus a possible nine league games, for a total of 12. Then the Mountain West settled on an eight-game conference slate instead of nine last week, creating one opening. Another one came Friday when the Broncos announced their Mountain West home and road opponents for 2012 and 2013. Boise State plays Hawaii on the road in ’12, giving it a 13th game on that season’s schedule. Another opening. It’d be nice to have another home game to go with Miami (Ohio) and BYU. One that could guarantee a sellout. Maybe Idaho doesn’t have an opening on its schedule next year? But the Broncos now have two. Still lookin’ for that rivalry revival.
As previously discussed, in 2013 Boise State has games away from Bronco Stadium at the Georgia Dome against Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff and at BYU. We now know the Broncos will have two openings on the ’13 schedule, and we know they need home games. We will see. As the 40-year Bronco-Vandal series goes on hiatus, here are a couple numbers I had on Sunday Sports Extra last night. The average score across four decades is Boise State 34.7, Idaho 26.4. And the total attendance in the series: 813,978. Hopefully those fans get a chance to see this thing again—sooner rather than later.
The Boise State attendees at the NCAA hearing in Indianapolis either slept in Saturday morning, or got no sleep at all, depending on their level of exhaustion versus anxiety. The session lasted 13 hours. That seems like a long time, even by Committee on Infractions standards. Will the self-penalizing of three football scholarships plus three fall camps practices over the next two years—plus the myriad other punishments handed the track and women’s and men’s tennis programs—be enough? It could be as long as two months before the NCAA releases its decisions on sanctions against the Bronco program.
What is it about Texas these days? Boise State has struck the Lone Star state again, with two more commitments over the weekend. Scout.com reports that Steven Baggett, an offensive lineman from Arlington, and Devan Demas, a running back from Houston, have given the Broncos their verbals. The one from Demas, who had seven other FBS scholarship offers, ended up on ESPN’s Bottom Line. He’s from the same high school, Cypress Creek, that produced current Boise State running back D.J. Harper. Four of the Broncos’ seven commitments for the 2012 recruiting class are from Texas.
WAC TV has selected its slate of games for this season, assuming ESPN is done doing its cherry-picking. Idaho has three games on the WAC network: home against Fresno State and on the road at San Jose State and Nevada. The conference TV plan magnifies the sharp decrease in exposure this year. The WAC has only seven dates total on ESPN or ESPN2, only one of them an actual conference game (Hawaii at San Jose State). Boise State logged five regular season appearances on the two main ESPN networks by itself last year, plus the ABC telecast of the Oregon State game.
The uDrove Humanitarian Bowl is even more important to the WAC now. With the New Mexico Bowl making its parting of the ways with the WAC official last week, the conference is left with three bowl tie-ins this year: the Poinsettia Bowl, the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, and the H-Bowl. The Poinsettia tie-in is a one-year deal—the game guarantees a spot opposite the second-place Mountain West team to BYU in 2012 and Army in 2013 (if they’re bowl-eligible). The Hawaii Bowl will undoubtedly move with Hawaii to the Mountain West next year. That leaves the Humanitarian Bowl, for now. The WAC Board of Directors gathers beginning today in Park City, UT, to talk about bowls and expansion possibilities (or lack thereof).
Before the Ironman 70.3 Boise Saturday, last year’s runnerup Ben Hoffman was reminiscing with KTVB about the 2010 race that saw him lose to Australian Craig Alexander by a mere 10 seconds. Hoffman had high expectations for himself this year. “I’m looking forward to another hard race, maybe a close finish—I’d be okay with it if it wasn’t, but if it comes down to it, I’m confident that I can pull it out,” said Hoffman. Well, the Grand Junction, CO, athlete didn’t have to pull out anything, winning by two minutes, seven seconds over Nicholas Thompson of Danville, CA. Hoffman has competed in all four Ironman 70.3 Boise events, finishing progressively better each year. Canadian Magali Tesseyre was the top women’s finisher.
Davey Hamilton had not one wild ride, but two at the Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Fortunately they weren’t as harrowing as the last time he raced on that track 10 years ago, the night of the terrible crash that would sideline his career for six years. The Firestone Twin 275s introduced a two-race format, with Hamilton finishing 27th in the first 114-lap race and 25th in the second.
Graham DeLaet had a return of his own over the weekend, his first event of the year on the PGA Tour after being out since last October with a shoulder injury. DeLaet made the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, but it was one of those tournaments that trimmed the field after the third round, and that was it for DeLaet after he carded a three-over-73 Saturday. The former Boise State standout finished tied for 73rd at five-over, earning a check for $10,472.
This Day In Sports…June 13, 2000:
Steve Young announces his retirement from the San Francisco 49ers. Young successfully emerged from the longest shadow imaginable—that of four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Joe Montana—to become the highest-rated passer in NFL history. Young won one Super Bowl and yearned for another, but four concussions—the final one early in the 1999 season—spelled the end for the former BYU star and future Hall Of Famer.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)