Every Wednesday KTVB's Jay Tust and the Idaho Statesman's Dave Southorn sit down to discuss the latest news in Broncos athletics, local sports and some personal stories are thrown in.
Episode 30, Wednesday, March 20: Welcome to the March Madness edition of The 208 Podcast! Our talking points: - In order to get back in the NCAA Tournament next season, does the Boise State men’s basketball team need to move a starter to the bench? Also, we explain why head coach Leon Rice can still add two more impact players this offseason. We take a close at some of the controversial comments that Boise State women’s basketball coach Gordy Presnell made towards Oregon State standout Destiny Slocum. (Hint: They weren’t that controversial.) Who will win the NCAA National Championship? Dave and Jay make their predictions. Plus, Boise State softball coach Maggie Livreri makes her debut on The 208 to talk about the red-hot Bronco softball team.
Episode 29, Wednesday, March 13: In this week’s edition of the 208 Podcast, Jay Tust joins us from the Nevada desert as we discuss the Boise State women’s dominance, Leon Rice’s alma mater looking for a coach, some major football news and an update on the quarterback battle.
Episode 28, Wednesday, March 6: The Boise State women's basketball team celebrated yet another Mountain West Championship this week. We recap their dominance, plus take a look at their chances in the Mountain West Tournament. As for the Boise State men, are they "unlucky,' or is there more to their late-game struggles. We set the record straight. Also, the Bronco football team kicks off their first full week of spring practice. We breakdown the running backs, plus discuss the impact of losing former defensive coordinator Andy Avalos to Oregon.
Episode 27, Wednesday, Feb. 27: Snow is on the ground, but Spring Football is right around the corner! On this edition of The 208, Dave and Jay offer up your Boise State Spring Ball preview. - Which player is the sleeper in the QB competition? Who is the player to watch on defense this spring? Also, former Broncos Brett Rypien and Alexander Mattison gear up for the NFL Combine, and Boise State loses defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. Why did Avalos leave? What makes him so good? And will he ever be back?
Episode 26, Wednesday, Feb. 20: The line to the Boise State-Florida State football game is already out? We’ll discuss why it seems just about right. Also, we recap the Idaho Girls State Basketball Tournament, and breakdown the projected landing spots for the Boise State women’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament. Finally, Dave and Jay name the best athletes they’ve ever played against!
Episode 25, Wednesday, Feb. 13: It’s been almost two years since Boise State announced that baseball would return to their varsity sports lineup, but the team still doesn’t have a permanent home. This week on The 208, Dave and Jay will be joined by Michael Katz of the Idaho Statesman to discuss the latest about the baseball stadium, and they’ll discuss where the Broncos could play in the meantime. Plus, they’ll have the latest on an investigation concerning the Idaho State football program, and preview the Idaho girl's state basketball tournament.
Episode 24, Wednesday, Feb. 6: The Boise State football team just secured arguably the best recruiting class by a Group of 5 school in NCAA history. Dave and Jay break down what makes it so good. Also, they discuss...The QB battle that has already begun for the Broncos. The latest loss for the Boise State men’s basketball team. The latest star to emerge for the Boise State women’s basketball team.
Episode 23, Wednesday, Jan. 30: Considering it's Super Bowl week, we had one of The 208's homegrown Super Bowl Champions join us this week. Former Boise State standout, Super Bowl 51 champ, and Marsing-native Shea McClellin recaps it all! What were his exact thoughts as he took the field with New England trailing 28-3 in Super Bowl 51? Why did he always try to avoid passing Bill Belichick in the hallway? What intangibles do Kellen Moore and Tom Brady possess that makes them both winners? How hard was it to deal with the expectations of being a first-round pick, and why did the No. 99 only made matters worse? Plus, we discuss what makes Shea a huge nerd and why he is one of the few people moving from Idaho to California when more are doing the exact opposite.
Episode 22, Wednesday, Jan. 23: The Boise State men's basketball dropped their third straight game on Tuesday night. Dave and Jay discuss what went wrong, plus they discuss “reasonable reactions” for a team with an 8-11 record. Other topics of conversation: NCAA MBB: Could any of the six true freshmen that are currently redshirting provide immediately for the men’s basketball team? NCAA WBB: How are the Boise State and NNU women's basketball programs putting Idaho hoops on the map? NFL Football: Should the Cowboys follow a noticeable trend in the NFL and hire a young offensive coordinator (named Kellen Moore)? NCAA Football: Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin recently re-arranged his coaching staff. What do the changes actually mean? Also, why does Harsin deserve credit for getting creative? MLB and more: "Eggo" Martinez gets into the MLB Hall of Fame, and buying tires for your car sucks.
Episode 21, Thursday, Jan. 18: Dave and Jay talk everything from burgers at the White House to donut holes at Boise State. Basketball beat writer Rachel Roberts makes her special guest debut to help recap the Broncos tough loss against Nevada, plus we discuss how expectations have changed for the Boise State women’s basketball team, and why the time is now to head out to Northwest Nazarene to watch some hoops!
Episode 20, Wednesday, Jan. 9: In this week’s edition of the 208 Podcast, Jay and Dave are finally in the same room after both being on the road since the holidays. Who impressed them in college football’s final weeks? And as the schedule turns, basketball is in focus as the guys talk the Boise State men’s big win, and chat with Boise State women’s coach Gordy Presnell about his team’s hot start, basketball fashion, dental work, Diet Coke and trivia tidbits.
Episode 19, Friday, Jan. 1: In the first podcast of the new year, Jay and Dave cover the busy news of the end of 2018, including Tyson Maeva's sudden departure from the Boise State team. They also talk about some of their favorite stories from last year, with one of Jay and Dave's favorite stories being Leighton Vander Esch's path from walk-on at Boise State to defensive star on the Dallas Cowboys. During the podcast, Boise State announced their hiring of Jahil Brown as their new cornerbacks coach, less than a week after accepting the same position at Utah State.
Episode 18, Thursday, Dec. 27: The 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl also known as, “The Game That Never Was.” Due to lightning, the bowl game featuring Boise State and Boston College was canceled due to weather. Dave and Jay break down everything that went into making the rare game cancellation after it was started. Who made the ultimate decision? Does the bowl committee deserve blame for not having a backup plan? What are the financial ramifications for those involved? What do the players think about the decision? Then they look at star running back Alexander Mattison's future. Has he decided whether or not to enter the 2019 NFL Draft? Or is he staying on The Blue for his senior season?
Episode 17, Thursday, Dec. 20: The Boise State football team signed arguably the best class in school history this week. We recap “Early Signing Day.” We discuss several major questions about this recruiting class. How is Boise State’s approach to recruiting is making them stand out? Why did 4-star QB Hank Backmeier stay committed to the Broncos? Which players will make an earlier impact? What will the Broncos look to do in the late signing period? Also, the Boise State women’s basketball team closes out a historic non-conference schedule, while the Bronco men look to right the ship, plus Dave and Jay reveal the No. 1 gift on their Christmas wish lists.
Episode 16, Wednesday, Dec. 12: Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin just celebrated his fifth anniversary since returning to his alma mater after Coach Pete left to coach the Washington Huskies. There are some big questions surrounding his tenure and future legacy at Boise State. What is his biggest achievement? What are his greatest challenges en route to meeting the high expectations of the program? Also, we break down the football recruiting scene, talk Boise State hoops, and settle and the fierce debate about whether to buy real or fake Christmas tree.
Episode 15, Wednesday, Dec. 5: The regular season may be over for the Boise State football team, but there is still plenty to talk about and break down. What went wrong in the Mountain West Championship Game against Fresno State? How did the Broncos wind up in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl and playing Boston College? Should starting runningback Alexander Mattison consider leaving Boise State early to enter the NFL Draft this spring? We answer those questions and more on this edition of The 208 Podcast.