Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
The four-team seeded playoff came to pass yesterday with a vote from the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee to establish it within the existing bowl structure. It’ll be a 12-year deal starting with the 2014 season. I still think the key to the deal for Boise State is the inclusion of six bowls in the rotation for the semifinals. It would take a season better than any the Broncos have ever produced to crack the Final Four. But Boise State has had at least three seasons (some would say five) over the past six years good enough to get into one of the four bowls that aren’t hosting a playoff semifinal in a given year. The six bowls in the system (and the national championship game) will be big money games—and that can still be the Broncos’ goal.
One piece of information that Boise State had perhaps—perhaps—been waiting for in its angst over its conference future was the decision on the Mountain West’s request for exemption to gain automatic-qualifying status for the final two seasons of the BCS. And the Presidential Oversight Committee said no. That means Boise State will have one season in an AQ conference if it goes through with the move to the Big East next year—and none if it stays in the Mountain West.
Former Boise State standout Byron Hout never landed that free agent tryout in the NFL, but he is apparently starting his coaching career. According to Van Troxel, his high school coach at Lake City in Coeur d’Alene, Hout will be a graduate assistant at Washington State. Will Hout and former Bronco nickel and special teams coach Jeff Choate, now coaching linebackers for the Cougars, still be on the staff when Wazzu comes to the blue turf four years from now? That’s a long time. Hout, the 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year in Idaho, has turned many a page in his career. He had the whirling dervish 62-yard interception return in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl, the infamous punch from LeGarrette Blount in 2009, and the broken foot in 2010 that ended his season early and put a crimp in the Bronco defense.
Not many FBS recruits from Idaho go out of state anymore, but Columbia High tight end Eric Cotton is headed for Stanford. It was an offer the 6-5, 235-pound Cotton couldn’t refuse—he sports a 4.0 GPA at the Nampa school. Cotton was also weighing an offer from Missouri. He told Scout.com he’s still going to attend Harvard’s football camp but is fully committed to the Cardinal. Cotton has already camped at Boise State and Washington State in addition to Stanford.
Idaho has its first two commits of the 2013 recruiting class. The Vandals landed wide receiver/cornerback Ruben Mwehla out of Bellevue, WA, late last week and added offensive lineman Nick Edenfield of Columbia High this week. Mwehla’s projected to play in the secondary for the Vandals. Idaho also picked up a late addition for the upcoming season, according to Scout.com. Roman Runner, a wide receiver from City College of San Francisco, has good size at 6-1, 190 pounds. Runner had 41 catches for 602 yards and eight touchdowns for CCSF last season and will be in Moscow for fall camp.
Idaho coach Robb Akey’s admission to the Statesman’s Brian Murphy that he “wouldn't be surprised if we end up having to operate as an independent for a few years” kind of tips the hand as to what’s up in Moscow. Going independent is the Vandals’ only option to remain an FBS school. If that’s the route the school goes, Akey feels that will buy some time to see if there’s another seismic shift in conference alignment in the coming years. But the scheduling could be disastrous. NCAA bylaws say an FBS school “shall schedule and play at least five regular season home contests against FBS opponents.” I just don’t see how that is going to happen for Idaho as an independent.
I’m not sure when the Bishop Kelly Class of 2002 is holding its 10-year reunion, but I’m thinking there’s a good chance classmate Nick Symmonds is going to miss it. Symmonds now looks ahead to the Summer Olympics in London after his impressive win in the 800-meter run Monday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene. He peeled off a 1:43.92, easily passing rival Khadevis Robinson down the stretch. But running well enough to medal in London is a whole different animal. “There’s a lot of sharpening work—a lot of speed work to do, and I’ve got five weeks to do it,” told KTVB’s Jay Tust from Hayward Field (in between shout-outs to BK and the city of Boise).
The Boise Hawks’ bats have gone silent in Spokane. For the second straight night, the Hawks scratched out only one run, falling 3-1 to the Indians. Boise finds itself at 4-8 with one more game in Spokane left tonight. If the win-loss record isn’t working quite yet for the Hawks, one of their experiments is. Willson Contreras, a third baseman for Boise last year, is being converted to a catcher. Contreras gunned down a pair of would-be base stealers Monday night and now leads the Northwest League by throwing out 7-of-10 runners this season. With that said, Contreras played right field for the Hawks last night.
Boise State sophomore Heather Harper had her U.S. Olympic Trials experience yesterday. Harper swam the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.96, finishing third in her heat and 111th overall. But look at it this way: Harper was seeded 146th, so she overachieved by 35 spots. Next up for the Broncos are the trials are junior Rachel Heaney and incoming freshman Jenni Domanowski in the 200-meter butterfly tomorrow.
This Day In Sports…June 27, 1972, 40 years ago today:
It’s a bad night for the Quarry brothers in Las Vegas. Muhammad Ali knocks out Jerry Quarry in the seventh round of their heavyweight bout, and light heavyweight champion Bob Foster knocks out Mike Quarry in the fourth round of their title fight. Ali, by the way, was still two years away from regaining the heavyweight title he had vacated in 1967.
(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.)