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.