Published July 27, 2011
Boise State will reportedly not be allowed to wear all blue uniforms for its conference home games, a stipulation that was agreed to when it joined the Mountain West.
ESPN.com reports that Boise State President Bob Kustra and athletic director Gene Bleymaier signed off on the agreement. Coach Chris Petersen, however, was less than thrilled about the arrangement when asked about it during Mountain West media day on Tuesday.
"I thought it was ridiculous," Petersen said, according to ESPN. "… That's our colors. That's who we are. That's who our fans have wanted us to be since I've been at Boise State. That's what it's been through and through.”
NCAA coaches and players have long complained that Boise State has an unfair advantage when it wears all-blue uniforms on its signature blue turf. The main complaint, ESPN reports, is that players tend to blend in with the field, especially when viewed on videotape.
"I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf. I think it's unfair," San Diego State coach Rocky Long said earlier this spring during a conference call. " ... It takes the visiting team a quarter or two to get used to that different field."
Boise State has won a school-record 32 straight games at home, and never dropped a WAC home game. The last time Boise State lost a conference game at home was in 1998, ESPN.com reports. The Broncos have the nation's No. 1 home winning percentage since 2000 at 69-2, including one loss to Boston College in a bowl game.