Fashion Statement: Boise State Can’t Wear Blue Uniforms at Home in MWC Play

By Adam Kramer   Jul. 26, 2011

When Boise State agreed to join the Mountain West Conference, they also agreed to some bizarre fashion restrictions when they finally signed on the dotted line. Starting this year, the Broncos will not be allowed to wear their blue uniforms when playing conference games at home. Yes, really.

University brass signed off on this decision, but Boise coach Chris Peterson expressed his frustration with the situation at the Mountain West media day on Tuesday.

“I thought it was ridiculous,” Petersen said. “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.”

Since 2000, the Broncos are a staggering 69-2. While their schedule certainly doesn’t rival that of most major conference teams, that’s incredibly impressive no matter how you look at it. Coaches, teams and fans have had choice words when it comes to playing in their all-blue environment, but this is the first action outside timely complaints that have taken place.

The entire situation is somewhat absurd, but Boise State agreed to this prior to making the move. The immediate debate that has surfaced and will continue to be talked about is teams that wear green jerseys, like Hawaii and Oregon, and if they, too hold a competitive advantage. Much different debate altogether, but you can expect to hear fascinating and perhaps animated views on this.

Regardless, Boise can wear the blue uniforms at home when an out-of-conference foe makes this trip. When they do suit up in MWC play, however, they’ll throw on their orange uniforms instead which means you’ll likely spend a good portion of the game wondering why your television set’s color is suddenly acting up.

 

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    1. Nate
      7/27/11

      Keep the blue uniforms…drop the blue turf. The field is ridiculous, really!


    2. Dave
      7/27/11

      God bless the MWC. Gimmick team with a gimmick field.


    3. 7/27/11

      Will Oregon have to ban their all green jerseys because it blends in with their turf?


    4. Pete
      7/27/11

      So does this mean all teams can’t wear green jerseys when playing on grass? That’s ridiculous. “They beat the crap out of us! Only obvious explanatiton is they were camoflouged!”


    5. OldBronco
      7/27/11

      Then please explain the 51-0 loss that Fresno State suffered last year on “The Blue” while Boise State was wearing all orange uni’s !!


    6. OldBronco
      7/27/11

      Here you go Commissioner Thompson and MWC Prezzzzzz…

      http://mariah95.com/bronco/songs/PaintItBlue.mp3


    7. winston
      7/27/11

      Is Colorado State allowed to wear green jerseys at home?


    8. Boisenberry
      7/27/11

      It’s common sense. The Blue Turf and Blue Jerseys are a mockery of college football.

      Blue Helmet, Blue Jerseys, Blue Pants. Come on!

      I believe 100% that it takes a huge adjustment for opposing teams.


    9. sam
      7/27/11

      This is hilarious. Smurf turf might finally get axed. I’m thankful because it makes my eyes bleed like a vamp from Trueblood. The comments about Oregon and Colorado are invalid because they don’t exactly match their turf. Google image it if you think I am kidding.


    10. TC
      7/27/11

      Yeah, last year I was up in Idaho hunting deer and I kept shooting other hunters with my arrows because they so blended in with the brush I couldn’t tell the difference. How are their QB’s even able to see their WR’s? Everything’s Blue!! It’s amazing.


    11. FAN
      7/27/11

      EVERYONE IS SO MAD BUT IF BLUE UNIFORMS DIDNT MATTER THEN WHY ARE THEY MAD HAHA


    12. Frederick
      7/27/11

      I go to a few home games a year and I will be honest…..sometimes it gets a little too blue when you look down on the field. I like this and hope they use the orange jerseys.


    13. Tonio
      7/27/11

      What a rip! I love Boise – and I love their blue field. They are not a gimmick team. They kicked enough hind ends of the bigger conference team to prove they are legit. Go Boise!!!


    14. Mike D
      7/27/11

      Gimmick team with a gimmick field? 69-2! 69-2! Is that a gimmick? Is beating Oregon twice, a highley touted TCU team, Oklahoma (if I’m not mistaken a pretty good NFL running back played for them in that game) and beating Va. Tech pretty much in thier back yard…is that a gimmick? No one will play Boise State. They have to play away games “eh hem…Georgia” to be able to show college football what Boise State is about. I am a huge Boise State fan, and I will admitt some gimmick plays have decided a couple games for them, but a small school from a small town has beaten up the opposition for the last decade…PERIOD! Spend your time trashing schools like Ohio State, USC, Oregon, etc. for the “gimmick” and “joke” programs they run.


    15. KQN
      7/27/11

      Craig Thompson is a tyrant! He’s ruined the conference. He gives UNLV home court advantage every year for the basketball tournament. He has cut the league from exposure thanks to the MTN network. He needs to be fired!


    16. Richie
      7/27/11

      Yes they are a gimmick team. Yes they have beaten some big names, but they don’t do it week end, week out on anyearly basis. While I like seeing small teams do big things, don’t con sir yourself elite till you play and beat big name teams, ie Oklahoma, Texas, lsu, Bama and the like, on a weekly basis, every year, then call me


    17. Kelvin
      7/27/11

      Ritchie, using the same old blog. Guess what. NO ONE plays great teams week in, week out. No, not Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, Auburn. Everyone wants to criticize Boise’s schedule while playing their non-conference games AT HOME vs. no names. NO ONE.
      As for their blue uniforms on smurf turf; if the team is camouflaged vs their opponents, aren’t receivers “camouflaged” also? Kellen Moore must be a magician ! So tired of hearing from teams WHO WON’T PLAY BOISE that they play week in, week out. Everyone says they beat Ok with 5 “gadget plays”. Ummm, that would be 5 PERFECTLY PERFORMED GADGET PLAYS and a swarming defense on some guy named Peterson. And I’m sure the turf wasn’t blue, in fact it seemed to have a red and white tint when they finished.


    18. Pro&College player
      7/27/11

      This is horsesh!t… another way to try to bring Boise down.Soon they won’t be able to wear cleats.
      Football is played in 4D, the color of the uni doesn’t matter. Retarded!!!


    19. sam
      7/27/11

      Lol! What does 4D have to do with color? You know that “extra D” is just time, right? baahahaa! Boise singled themselves out by making their turf blue, this sort of deal should’ve happened years ago.


    20. Ryan
      7/27/11

      Wearing blue is a tradition, how can you take that away from them?? It doesn’t matter what colors they wear, Boise State will put a hurting on anybody at home. Most of the people that hate on Boise State have seen their team fall to them. Gadget plays don’t win games, execution does! Do they run a gadget defense?? Is that how they shut down Peterson, Blunt, Rodgers, Williams, etc? Nope… They execute! Boise State has done what they can to play a more difficult schedule. Problem is, nobody wants to play them!


    21. Bill Hudnall
      7/27/11

      Raised in Ruston, I’m a life-long LOUISIANA Tech (not ‘LATECH’) fan. Living in BR, I’m a stalwart LSU fan. That said, the Boise/OK game was the best I’ve ever seen. Gimmick, Shmimick, Mimic, I say. Too bad Boise won’t be playing Tech yrly now, tho. Usually a good matchup. But Kelvin is calling MY team out. LSU plays 4 NON-CONFERENCE games this yr– 2010 #2 Oregon in Dallas, & NW La &WKENT @ home, and VaTech @VA. So, only 2 @hm. Maybe TWO patsies. Oh, and they have that little stretch of Kent., FL, TN, Auburn, ‘Bama, then WKENT, then OLE MISS & ARK. Not to mention an early away @ MISS ST. Let’s see Boise St with a schedule like THAT and then you can talk about how tough your sch. is, Kelvin. Yes, we play great teams “week in, week out” down here! We lost only to #1 Auburn and ARK last yr – with no QB. Are we still “NO ONE” to you?


    22. RGDrafting
      7/27/11

      Doesn’t matter. This will just prove that, when Boise plays at home, they can lay waste to ANY team, in ANY color unis.

      IF there is any advantage to the “blue on blue”, it is only when viewing game tape…last I checked, the game is played on the field — and if you’ve ever actually been on the field, you’d know that it’s not “blue on blue” anymore. This notion of an “unfair advantage” is borne out of 1) disgruntled fans/teams that know it’s nearly impossible to go to Boise and win, and 2) a generation of “EA Sports” idiots who truly don’t understand that the game of football is not actually played by a group of geeks on a TV screen.


    23. Jimbostudmanheim
      7/27/11

      I could care less about the uniforms but the field HAS to go!
      1) It is hard on the eyeys to watch the game on a big TV
      2) It tastes like “small school” environment (which it is)
      3) It is part of growing up to compete with the rest of major college football.
      BSU is good enough not to need a gimmick field but do keep the gimmick plays. The Broncos are one of the most exciting & fun teams to watch play.


    24. Jennysleezeball
      7/27/11

      I dont agree with the growing up part there Jimbo but the field is an eyesore to watch.


    25. Rohash
      7/27/11

      Keep the blue jerseys and ditch the blue turf. It’s hideous. I can’t even stand to watch it on TV. Also do an investigation to see how they’re landing all these athletes who are from other states. It’s not Boise State, it’s Cal-Boise.


    26. Bill Hudnall
      7/27/11

      PS: Kelvin, we are LSU, we are the SEC, we are proud two-time and consecutive five-time BCS Champions! By watching just LSU games this year, you’ll be treated to watching four former and one current BCS champions, representing seven BCS championships, play football. Laissez les bon temps rouler!


    27. Ryan
      7/27/11

      If you want to compare schedules so much. you should also compare the recruiting class. The schedule may not be as difficult, but why should it be? Boise State doesn’t get the 4-5 star athletes like the major universities do. They play who will play them! Looking forward to watching Boise State take it to Georgia on their turf! Also TCU getting the smack down before they leave the Mountain West…


    28. 7/27/11

      Let them wear whatever colors they want. Boise State is a legitimate big time football program! They can play with anyone. Big time teams like Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma ….. whoever? They dont want to play Boise because they have nothing to gain and everything to lose. If by chance they beat Boise, people would say ” oh big deal they beat a little school”, but if one of those bigger schools lost to Boise they would be looked down upon for losing to the little school. Boise has tried to arrange for games with bigger opponents and have had to sacrifice. They have to play away. Luckily Oregon agreed to play one at home and one in Boise, and look what happened. They can play in any conference week in and week out. The coaching staff at Boise is one of the best staffs in the country. They can prepare their team for superior teams in college football every week if they had to. Rohash every college football team recruits players from different states. Those california recruits dont have to committ to Boise, but they do because they are a great team with a great coaching staff. If you knew anything about college football you would know that a lot of teams recruit out of state. And check their roster Rohash… they have a ton of players from the state of Idaho. People who clown on Boise state are oblivious to how good they really are. Go to a game in Boise or go to one of their away games, and you’ll understand. You’ll see how their fans travel and how well they are coached, and how well they execute. They are one of the best programs in the country HANDS DOWN !!!!!!!


    29. 7/27/11

      Let them wear whatever colors they want. Boise State is a legitimate big time football program! They can play with anyone. Big time teams like Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma ….. whoever? They dont want to play Boise because they have nothing to gain and everything to lose. If by chance they beat Boise, people would say ” oh big deal they beat a little school”, but if one of those bigger schools lost to Boise they would be looked down upon for losing to the little school. Boise has tried to arrange for games with bigger opponents and have had to sacrifice. They have to play away. Luckily Oregon agreed to play one at home and one in Boise, and look what happened. They can play in any conference week in and week out. The coaching staff at Boise is one of the best staffs in the country. They can prepare their team for superior teams in college football every week if they had to. Rohash every college football team recruits players from different states. Those california recruits dont have to committ to Boise, but they do because they are a great team with a great coaching staff. If you knew anything about college football you would know that a lot of teams recruit out of state. And check their roster Rohash… they have a ton of players from the state of Idaho. People who clown on Boise state are oblivious to how good they really are. Go to a game in Boise or go to one of their away games, and you’ll understand. You’ll see how their fans travel and how well they are coached, and how well they execute. They are one of the best programs in the country HANDS DOWN !!!!!!!


    30. freemale221g
      7/27/11

      Don’t expect Bosie St. to stay in the MWC with its crappy TV deal and the MWCs really stupid commisioner Thompson making stupid restrictions like this one.


    31. Jack Wilkinson
      7/27/11

      I never watch any Boise State home games. I can’t stand the blue field.


    32. Bronco
      7/27/11

      Ruling just in Kellen Moore has been disqualified as well. The MWC said he is under 6 foot and nobody can see him. BSU must play a quarterback that is over 6 foot so he stands out more for defenses and television to see.


    33. AfterFurtherReview
      7/27/11

      Absolutely amazed at the reaction to the field … it’s as if there was some dictum brought down from the mountain by Moses that football fields HAVE to be green. Or it just proves how narrow-minded people are, one of the two.


    34. 7/27/11

      They agreed to it, stop whining already

    35. [...] In an odd judgement, the NCAA in conjunction with the Mountain West conference has decided that Boise State won’t be allowed to wear their blue uniforms at home, but only during conference games. This is to prevent them from having an unfair advantage over the opposition since their field is blue as well. Quite simply. this is dumb- Kegs ‘N Eggs [...]


    36. charles dinins
      7/28/11

      69-2 wow do you think they would have that record in the sec who cares college ball is just about to get just like the nfl. pay for play please these kids are on a full ride scholarship if thats the case let them pay for there school out of there own pocket and let someone who is actully going to school to be educated with a degree in something other than community service . what a freaking joke


    37. charles dinins
      7/28/11

      really, come on people the reason why boise has a good record is their colors are bright as hell. no wonder people wont play them they have rectina burn after the freaking football game. well if this crap gets worse i will stop watching sports all together, you have boys crying about there not making there millions in six month or less i cant stand to watch pro ball no more . it a disgrace to the game . i wish they would not have a agreed on anything , let them stay locked out the longer the better


    38. Winslow16
      7/28/11

      The blue field is horrible and provides a real challenge for TV viewers. I won’t watch their home games as a result. BS really should think about changing the field color and not the uniforms. Play on a “real” field, gain more respect. It’s half the reason they are not taken seriously. Nobody, I mean nobody else does that!


    39. Tigger
      7/28/11

      I specifically refuse to watch Boise St because I hate the blue on blue on blue on blue! Ugghh… It hurts my eyes! I don’t know or care if it gives them an advantage. I want them to change for my own benefit. It’s ridiculous.


    40. Winslow16
      7/28/11

      Furthermore, changing the field color would probably help them generate a lot more ad revenue. If more people like myself and others won’t watch the broadcasts, their advertisers are losing revenue as well. It’s a trickle down theory of economics. CHANGE THE FIELD.


    41. Winslow16
      7/28/11

      The Blue field is simply the manifestation of the AD’s ego.


    42. sam
      7/28/11

      Winslow: More like Kustra’s


    43. Winslow16
      7/28/11

      sam – You are right!!!!!


    44. 7/28/11

      To those posting nobody will come to play at Boise………there is a reason. Your stadium (blue turf or not) only holds 32,000 + . That is way too small of a venue to get other Big-time programs to sign up for a home and home deal (exception of Oregon cuz they are so close by).

      If you had a stadium that could hold 60,000 or more (like most of the big-boy programs do), you would get others to play you. As it is, you need to do the traveling if you wanna play SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC, or Big-12 schools.

      Having a way too small stadium is a YOU problem, not the fault of anyone else. Stop crying and build a real stadium (you can even keep the blue turf).


    45. HAMMER
      7/28/11

      Read most of the posts; a lot of gibberish. Bottomline: Blue turf should be banned not the uni’s. Get rid of it; it comes off horrible on TV, and I like many others won’t watch a game played on it. Just stupid; football was meant to be played on GRASS, real, green grass whenever possible. At least they have drastically improved some of the synthetic fields over the years. GEAUX TIGAHS!!!


    46. Mike D
      7/28/11

      Boise States record does show that they did play in an “inferior” conference and they should have made a jump a couple years ago. Anyone who follows CFB closley know economics are a HUGE factor. They deserve the recognition they receive because of their “body of work.” People trash them because they play in a small conference, and destroy it. They make a move to a (little bit) better conference and they still get trashed when they havent even played a series yet. All of us BSU fans don’t think they should play in the National Championship game. Kirk and the boys (that good ol’ boy Mark May) put Boise State on the pedistal they sit on because the team desrves it. Do they deserve to play in the National Championship game….it pains me to say it but NO. BCS game…yep. A playoff system would shut a lot of people up though. WIN, shut the mouths of the trashers. LOOSE, shut the mouths of those who say they should play in NCG.


    47. Bailey
      7/28/11

      Yes, Boise has blue turf and a blue uniform… so what? Oregon has a green field and a green uniform. How about they ban that too? This is ridiculous. It’s not like people can’t see the players when they’re blue on blue. Keep both and keep Bronco pride running strong!


    48. Rich
      7/28/11

      Am I the only one that realizes that home teams throughout all of college football always wear the white jerseys at home. They wear the dark colored jerseys for away games only. I do believe all the other teams referenced by anyone in this blog all conform to those rules. It’s not a question of confusion…its a question of uniformity within all of college football. Ever notice in a bowl game one team is wearing light and the other is wearing dark? That’s because one is listed as the home team and one the away team. Grow up and deal with it. Your not special…everyone wins…everyone loses. The one fan is right…who the hell wants to travel and play in front of 30,000 fans on a hideous field when you can play in front of 80,000 on the color field you have been playing on since you were 7 yrs old!! I think it’s time for that crazy awesome loaded team to tear down “the Blue” and build a 100k stadium…make the field blue…take that chance! If you don’t think other teams would fill your new big stadium think again. Obviously for dominating the past “decade” lol… you should have all the funds and fans for a new stadium right?? Time to step up! One last thing…ROLL TIDE!


    49. 7/28/11

      Hey Dave!
      That “gimmick” team that you’re talking about went 69-2 over the past 10 years, dominated every conference opponent, and, oh yeah, beat the MWC beloved TCU the last time they played in the fiesta bowl and WILL win this year!
      This “gimmick” team also “managed” to beat Fresno state 51-0, the same fresno st team that beat big ten Illinois, who challenged Ohio state. Beat SJS 48-0 USU 51-7 and NMS 51-6. That is a combined 150-13. If they are a “gimmick” team, than how come nobody in the WAC has done that before.
      A better question is, if our team is so much of a joke, than why doesn’t your team come up to boise and wipe the floor with us. Because you’re scared, like Oregon, Oregon st., and Virginia tech are.
      We’ll beat ANY team at home by thirty anytime. (We’ll wear our orange jerseys too)


    50. John
      7/28/11

      So, are they going to ban Oregon from wearing their GREEN uniforms?


    51. Jake
      7/29/11

      The tide sure does know how to roll…roll up like a burrito. Remember when you got completely humiliated by another “small MWC school Utah”? Boise State has destroyed Utah every time they play- at home or on the road. Did you see how horribly slow your precious Tide looked as you got sacked over and over again by a much smaller Utah defensive line???


    52. Marcus H
      7/30/11

      Boise is good not great. Your field is busch league, get a bigger stadium if you want traditonal powers to play you at home and get a real field if you want the nation to not laugh at you every time we see a highlight on sportscenter (because we all know no one outside of Idaho is watching a boise game live)


    53. Ben
      9/22/11

      Actually, Moses didn’t come down from a mountain and decree that “all football must be played on a GREEN surface!!!” it’s just, you know, grass HAPPENS TO BE GREEN. if grass was naturally blue, no one would b!tch about it, would they? NOBODY likes turf. not the players, not the fans, not anyone. face it, the blue turf is a freaking eyesore, just like the red turf at eastern washington. i give it a year before their own fans start crying about it. it’s ridiculous and yes, it’s a HUGE reason why boise doesn’t get respect. no one hates on TCU and they’re not even half the school that boise is. ditch the blue turf already!


    54. NO B.S.
      10/20/11

      Hurts the eyes… hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahha!!! So Funny. hahahahahaahahah!!!

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