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D1.dossiers: Boise State
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December 8, 2020:
Boise State 
FB HC Harsin recently urged the school to leave the Mountain West, per BoiseDev, which reports the school engaged with two conferences about the possibility. In a September email following an MWC conference call -- and after the MWC had voted to postpone the FB season -- Harsin emailed former AD Apsey and Prez Tromp: “That leads into the conference conversation that we need to address again and for as long as it takes to put a plan together to move. NOW is the time! The longer it takes the longer we stay in the MW. I am 1000% convinced we need to make this move for football and if that means other sports too in the long run it will be what’s best for this University. … We made no decisions and the most disappointing thing was [MWC Commish] Thompson said nothing. The MW is clearly not the standard in college football. From my observation we have no one real voice on these calls that says ‘this is our plan.’” An email from Apsey two days earlier indicated that he had reached out to Big West Commish Butterly and presumably to WCC Commish Nevarez, potentially about finding a home for the Broncos’ non-FB sports. Tromp in an email to BoiseDev insisted BSU intends to excel in the Mountain West, adding: “It is our responsibility to continue to look for opportunities to advance Boise State Athletics and to compete at the very highest levels.” (link)
December 2, 2020:
The upcoming UNLV vs. Boise State FB game is scratched. A statement from both schools and the Mountain West: "Based on guidance from medical personnel and epidemiologists, Friday’s game has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Both medical teams have been in communication in order to understand the full picture of COVID issues in our region." (link)
November 29, 2020:
New Mexico @ Boise State is still on the schedule for Thursday evening, but Broncos' beat writer Rains is hearing UNM is trying to get the game pushed back to the weekend. (link)
November 28, 2020:
Boise State-San Jose State was also cancelled Saturday morning with no plans of a reschedule. (link) Broncos Interim AD Carney indicates a delay in receiving testing results led to low availability at certain position groups. Boise is also pausing FB activities. (linklink)
November 23, 2020:
And, for those of you interested in the Boise State AD opening, AthleticDirectorU & Athlete Viewpoint released the latest Athletic Department Power Index with survey results from executive leaders around the nation who compared Mountain West AD chairs. The Broncos were topped by San Diego State as the best perceived AD job in the league, though Boise was noted as the most likely AD job to lead to a Power 5 opportunity down the road. Lots of interesting categorical data to review. Overall rankings: San Diego State, Boise State, Colorado State, UNLV, Air Force, Utah State, Nevada, Fresno State, Wyoming, New Mexico & San Jose State. (link)
November 17, 2020:
Boise State Prez Tromp says former Broncos AD Apsey's move to a university fundraising role was a "collaborative" decision. More from Tromp. "He had to make some really, really tough decisions, so we were constantly in dialogue. It’s hard to let someone make that transition at a time when you love working with them so much. But you also respect that this is a great opportunity for a great leader to come in, too, and follow Curt." Still no word directly from Apsey. (link)
November 16, 2020:
Boise State has named its AD search committee, a group that will be led by local entrepreneur & BSU Foundation Board Prez Hales. Additional notable members: VP of Advancement Ewing, FAR Uribe-Florez, WBB HC Presnell, Women's Cross Country student-athlete/SAAC leader Pivec. Search firm partner to be selected by the 1st of next month. (link)
November 12, 2020:
Boise State FB won last night despite "14 players OUT due to COVID protocol, including NINE positive tests." (link)
November 12, 2020:
Boise State plans to have a new AD in place by March. The Broncos are expected to announce the search committee in the next couple weeks and will select a search firm by December 1. Former Missouri AD Alden will advise BSU leadership throughout the transition. (link)
October 21, 2020:
Boise State AD Apsey announces he is leaving his post to take a university-level fundraising position. Senior Assoc. AD for Strategic Planning and Capital Projects Carney will serve as interim AD. The Idaho Press’ Rains reports that Senior Assoc. AD Larrondo is a name to watch during the search. “I’m told he has the support of a lot of boosters.” (linklink)
October 16, 2020:
Boise State has created the Bronco Bold program to assist student-athletes with mental health issues as well as raise awareness, reduce stigma and cultivate resilience. (link)
October 9, 2020:
Boise State will sell personalized fan cutouts for $50 each to fill Albertsons Stadium. (link)
September 17, 2020:
"I am confident we are going to see some sort of season for sure. We’re working very closely with all the presidents in our conference, our football coaches, all the athletic directors — we’ve even reached out to student-athletes in the conference to get their thoughts on the situation. So stay tuned, but I’m more confident and more positive than I’ve ever been." That's Boise State AD Apsey on the likelihood of his Broncos kicking at some point this year. Per BSU Prez Tromp, athletics will lose $10-15M because of COVID-19, and that number could top $30M if FB isn't played. (link)
September 16, 2020:
Boise State will implement a second round of furloughs and pay cuts. Furloughs will range from four to 12 weeks and pay cuts will impact the 120 employees making $40K+, with those in the $40K-$74,999 range taking 8% cuts, $75K-$99,999 a 10% cut, $100K-149,999 at 12.5% and those in the $150K+ range taking 15% cuts. These measures will save roughly $1.8M overall. Broncos AD Apsey: "As we’ve seen throughout the country, these are decisions that most, if not all, athletic departments are facing as a result of this pandemic. Our staff is what makes Boise State so incredibly special and I feel for everyone who has to make these sacrifices. But in order to sustain a championship-caliber program going forward, these reductions are necessary." (link)
July 29, 2020:
An example of what ticket staffers are working through at the moment, "a row of 25 seats may now only seat four groups of two as a way to provide separation, a task made even more complicated by the need to eliminate aisle seating to create safe walking space." NC State, for example is working with SAS Institute and using the layout of Carter-Finley Stadium to come up with seating configurations to match any hypothetical seating capacity scenario. Boise State has started mapping out a seating plan using its priority-points system with the highest-ranking ticket holder in the system able to retain his/her seats for this year and then building seating configurations around them. Broncos Asst. AD for Ticket Services Priaulx: "For every two seats that are put together, I’m killing 20 seats around that person, for that group. The capacity won’t be determined until we’ve gone through the whole process and seated everybody. This is the most difficult puzzle I’ve ever seen and will try and put together, but there could be a lot worse things." More. (link)
July 14, 2020:
Boise State can begin selling beer at Albertsons Stadium this fall. (link)
July 4, 2020:
Idaho became the 12th state on California's list of states banned by California Assembly Bill 1887, which prohibits universities and other public entities from using taxpayer dollars to travel to place with laws considered discriminatory. Despite that, San Diego State, Fresno State and San Jose State indicate they will continue traveling to Mountain West peer Boise State for athletic events, using the loophole of "private funds" to pay for the trips. The 2021 NCAA MBB Tourney opening weekend is scheduled for Boise State and a group of professional and collegiate athletes have sent separate letters to the NCAA asking it to remove ExtraMile Arena as a host site.  (link)
July 2, 2020:
Boise State will cut baseball and the swimming and diving programs as part of a departmental effort to reduce its budget by $3M. Broncos AD Apsey: "This is one of the hardest decisions athletic departments have to make, but it comes at a time when we are facing the most serious financial challenge we have ever seen. ... We take all these measures seriously, knowing that the long-term stability of our department must remain a high priority." Scholarships for the affected programs, including those for incoming 2020 signees, will be honored. (link)
June 29, 2020:
Boise State's campus facilities remain closed through July 5, but 86 FB student-athletes are in town for conditioning sessions, with more expected to arrive soon. When campus reopens, student-athletes will be re-tested. Previously, four tested positive. Interestingly, the cost of all initial tests have been covered by the recipients primary insurance, as the school is coordinating testing through a partnership with Saint Alphonsus Health System. (link)
June 22, 2020:
Boise State has closed its facilities due to an increase in "community based" coronavirus cases after eight positive or presumed positive cases were discovered across campus. Broncos AD Apsey: "I'm very appreciative of the way our department has stepped up to provide the safest environment within our facilities for our entire staff and student-athletes. This is difficult, but our overall goal remains the same -- keeping our community, campus, student-athletes and staff safe through these challenging times." Facilities remain closed through Sunday. (link)
June 10, 2020:
ESPN’s Rittenberg follows up yesterday’s examination of the most appealing FB HC positions in the Power 5 by taking a look at which spots are the most desirable among Group of 5 schools. In the first tier, Rittenberg includes Boise State, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF. The second tier includes Memphis, BYU, Navy, San Diego State, SMU, USF and Temple, and Rittenberg points to the Tigers as the program with the best chance to move to Tier 1. “There are strong facilities and financial support to go with a strong recruiting location.” More. (link)
May 28, 2020:
Boise State student-athletes must test negative before they can participate, though there's no definitive timeline on when voluntary workouts will commence. (link)
April 23, 2020:
The Idaho Board of Education last week finalized plans that would allow university presidents to decide whether to sell alcohol in stadiums or at tailgates. Boise State spokesman Hahn says the school is reviewing the policy, and a spokesperson for the athletic department declined to comment. Broncos AD Apsey in 2015 was expressed reticence about the sale of alcohol, which is sold to fans in luxury boxes at Albertsons Stadium. “I’m not sure it has a place in college football. I would say I’m not a proponent of having alcohol in a stadium of college football, open like that.” Regarding alcohol sales during pregame tailgates, Prez Tromp says that “we’re doing some exploring, and if we want to do it, we have to do it the right way.” (link)
April 21, 2020:
Boise State is requiring all employees who earn at least $40K per year, including coaches, to accept furloughs. The furloughs are tiered and call for those who make at least $150K per year to be furloughed for the maximum 10 days. (link)
April 17, 2020:
Boise State MBB HC Rice is looking at an additional buy game on the road next season to support the department. (link)
April 7, 2020:
Boise State FB AC Alley describes his experience dealing with the coronavirus: “Every breath was like taking a knife and sticking it through your ribs. I had no symptoms, anything, and in about a 24-hour period, I went from 0 to 100. I didn’t think it was a big deal throughout the day and next thing I know, it was like, ‘All right, we probably need to go to the hospital.’ I don’t recommend it to anybody, it was definitely one of the worst pains I’ve felt in my life.” Alley says he still doesn’t know how he contracted the virus. (link)
March 25, 2020:
Football Scoop has compiled a list of FB revenues from FY18-19 and found that Texas is once again the highest grossing school with $156M, followed by Georgia ($123M), Michigan ($122M), Notre Dame ($116M), Ohio State ($115M), Penn State ($100M), Auburn ($95M), Oklahoma ($94.8M), Alabama ($94.6M) and Nebraska ($94.3M). UCF led all Group of 5 schools with $30M followed by Colorado State ($25M), SMU ($20.5M), Boise State ($20.3M) and Houston ($19M). Full list. (link)
March 19, 2020:
Boise State AD Apsey indicates "a few" student-athletes have been tested for the coronavirus, but "up to this point, all negative." Further from Apsey, "Financially, at least for the rest of the academic year, there’s not a huge change just due to how much we bring in in the spring versus how much we spend." (link)
March 16, 2020:
SBJ announces its five finalists for AD of the Year: Boise State AD Apsey; Texas Tech AD Hocutt; Oregon AD Mullens; Baylor AD Rhoades; and Florida AD Stricklin. Winner to be announced in May. (link)
March 5, 2020:
North Carolina Central MBB wins the MEAC regular season, giving HC Moton a one-year contract extension worth $325K, a $7,500 bonus for the title and at least $10K for a NIT bid. Boise State MBB HC Rice picks up an $8K bonus for 20th win of the season. He triggered an automatic one-year contract extension with win #18. Northern Iowa MBB HC Jacobson named MVC COY, pockets $10K. (link)
February 6, 2020:
The Mountain West Board of Directors has decided to pull back on plans to discontinue Boise State's extra slice of the league's TV rights pie. Accordingly, the Broncos will drop a legal complaint against the conference. As the San Diego Union-Tribune's Zeigler describes it, "Essentially, the two sides are back to square one." Also of note, "San Diego State has been among the strongest voices opposing a Boise State carve-out, and President Adela de la Torre is believed to have cast a dissenting vote against reversing the December decision that would have ended it." (link)
January 26, 2020:
For the first time in 40 years, Boise State will play DI Baseball this spring. The Broncos open with a three-game road trip at Texas late next month, but held their first official practice of the season on Friday. Broncos HC Van Tol: "It's an exciting time, there's not going to be any motivational speeches, I can tell you that. The guys are fired up and ready to go and we're looking forward to the opportunity (to play)." (link)
January 22, 2020:
Boise State & the Mountain West clarify, "Last week Boise State filed a complaint regarding media rights against the Mountain West Conference, however, that action alone does not formally begin a lawsuit. The University and the Mountain West are currently in discussions in hopes of bringing this matter to a resolution without litigation." (link); USA Today's Wolken gets this from Commish Thompson at the NCAA Convention in Anaheim, "I don’t think there is any member of our board that was part of the league when that (initial) agreement was made, so they have a difference of opinion. It’ll be resolved." Wolken continues by working through potential scenarios if the Broncos were to leave the league. Closes with, "Either way, for the first time in awhile, it appears Boise State has some options and is going to use them to their fullest extent. And instead of trying to get the Mountain West’s attention behind the scenes, it lit a Roman candle of acrimony that could have major realignment consequences in the coming weeks." (link)
January 22, 2020:
The Athletic’s Southorn reports that Boise State is “weighing our options” regarding the potential termination of its separate home game negotiation rights, including the $1.8M bonus it receives. The school has filed a lawsuit against the Mountain West alleging, among other things, that Wasserman's Jordan and Commish Thompson failed to represent to the MWC Board of Directors Boise State’s expectation that the league’s more lucrative media deal should include a proportionate increase to BSU’s $1.8M bonus given the Broncos’ role as the “driving force” behind that agreement. Instead, the suit goes on to allege, Thompson and Jordan presented eight alternatives, none of which included a plan to increase Boise State’s bonus. Rather, the alternatives, per the suit, included options on phasing the $1.8M bonus out. More. (link - Southorn, link - full lawsuit)
January 21, 2020:
Extra Points' Brown analyzes the Boise State-Mountain West TV situation, takes a look at the contract language. Brown: "I do feel confident projecting that Boise State could make more money as a member of the AAC, over a multiple-year period, than they would in the MWC. Depending on how they scheduled, they might be able to do that as an independent. I think, over the course of an entire schedule, they’d probably face better opponents pursuing either of those options as well. But money isn’t everything. And leaving the MWC creates other challenges, especially logistical ones." Brown also thinks MWC Commish Thompson could have essentially punted on the Boise situation instead of being so direct with the media. (link)
January 17, 2020:
Boise State pushes back on reports that the recently announced new Mountain West TV deals are the last in which the Broncos will have a carve out. Specifically, "The Mountain West stated that this was the last time our deal would be negotiated separately. However, Boise State’s decision to join the conference was predicated on a number of negotiated provisions, including the right to separately negotiate material terms of media rights relating to our home (football) games. This is stated in our conference agreement and cannot be changed by any vote of the membership or conflicting agreement. We will not support any change to this provision and are in the process of weighing our options to move forward." The Dickson Post's Rains wonders if Boise could sue the league down the road and/or exit for another conference. (link)
January 14, 2020:
Albertsons, which holds naming rights to Boise State’s Albertsons Stadium, is once again preparing to go public. The grocery chain will decide in the coming weeks whether to move forward with an IPO that could value it at around $19B. (link)
January 13, 2020:
Extra Points author Brown on the dynamic of Boise State not receiving special treatment once the next Mountain West TV deals are negotiated: "A lot can change in six years. Maybe Boise State football declines, or somebody else, like San Diego State or Colorado State, dramatically improves, so the Broncos don’t enter the next negotiation period with the same leverage. Maybe the conference has new leadership. Maybe Boise loves working with Fox (the network apparently wants to make Boise’s home game against Florida State a Big Noon Kickoff event…but at 10 AM local). But if we see more of the same dynamics over the next few years…why should Boise stay in the league? […] If BYU can get potentially $10M+ annually from ESPN, couldn’t Boise State at least get close to what they’re making now, especially if they secure a few more P5 home games?" More. (link)
January 10, 2020:
The Athletic's Southorn writes on questions for Boise State in the Mountain West's new TV deals. Notably, Southorn wonders if six years from now the Broncos will have soured on the league as its rights won't be treated differently in the next agreement. (link)
January 9, 2020:
Here's the full transcript covering the Mountain West's new TV deals with CBS & Fox. Adding to the story, it's the last time Boise State's games will be negotiated separately, Commish Thompson on the six-year length, "Bottom line is eight, nine, ten years we just could not justify because of the changes potentially we'll see in the marketplace and the other rights fees that are going to open up in the next five or six years." Thompson also lauds the work of the league's TV subcommittee, which included Nevada AD Knuth, Wyoming's Burman, Colorado State's Parker, San Diego State AD Wicker & Boise's Apsey. More. (link)
January 9, 2020:
The Mountain West will get $270M over six years as its new media deals are done with CBS & Fox. 3x increase per school its current arrangement. No requirement for Thursday night kicks, though there are 10 Friday spots. Boise State will play its home games on Fox. Third tier rights are still TBA. (linklink)
January 8, 2020:
Boise State WBB AC Butler has been placed on leave after being served with a lawsuit which accuses him of sexual misconduct and harassment. The allegations date back to 2000 while he was an AC, and later HC, at Yakima Valley (CC). The suit alleges that Butler made inappropriate comments about and physical contact with a student-athlete who played at the college from 2001-03. The suit also claims the inappropriate behavior began at a youth basketball program while the student-athlete was 17. A motion to dismiss the case was denied in October and a trial is scheduled for 2021. BSU says in a statement: “Upon discovery of a lawsuit against assistant coach Cody Butler, Boise State placed him on administrative leave pending university review of the matter.” Defendants named in the suit have denied all allegations. (link)
January 3, 2020:
Full renderings of Boise State's plans for the east side of Albertsons Stadium. (link)
January 2, 2020:
Boise State has announced it will renovate the east side of Albertsons Stadium. The renovation will include an exterior facelift, expanded concourse, premium seating and an academic center, among several other features. A timeline and cost of the project will be established once BSU determines how quickly it can generate the necessary revenue streams. Money generated by premium seating will help fund the project. AD Apsey: “It is a rare opportunity to take on a project that will impact every student-athlete in our department and our fans. That’s what is so special about the East Side Renovation. This project benefits everybody.” (link)
December 21, 2019:
Boise State FB HC Harsin finishes the season with $310K in on-field bonuses and a one-year automatic contract extension. Outgoing Washington HC Petersen didn't get any additional money for the Huskies win over the Broncos in the Las Vega Bowl, but ends the season with $75K extra. (link)
December 16, 2019:
Mountain West: Moments after Evening Standard went out yesterday, SBJ's Ourand reported the Mountain West had reached new TV deals with Fox Sports & CBS Sports Network that would start this summer & pay $35M annually or $3M+ per school, up from the current $1.1Mish league members are currently receiving. No word on length of the agreements yet. Boise State will continue to receive additional carve out cash. (link); However, the league released the following, "The story is inaccurate as reported. No deal has been signed by any party, and negotiations are ongoing."(link); CBSSports.com's Dodd, "I'm told by sources late Monday the @MountainWest deal is not done, and that terms stated are 'not close.' Stay tuned." (link)
December 7, 2019:
USA Today's Berkowitz with updated bonus info for FB HCs: Boise State's Harsin adds $100K for MWC title. (link)
November 29, 2020:
Bonus bits...Boise State's Harsin stacks up another $50K after going 8-0 in Mountain West play. (link)
November 23, 2019:
Biggest FB HC bonuses this week, as tracked by USA Today's Berkowitz: Boise State's Harsin $75K for clinching Mountain West division ($50K) and win No. 7 ($25K). (link)
November 18, 2019:
Boise State will not raise prices, with the exception of one section, for the 2020 FB season, even with Florida State coming to town. (link)
November 16, 2019:
Updated bonuses from USA Today's Berkowitz: $25K for Boise State HC Harsin for sixth conference win of the season. (link)
November 11, 2019:
Boise State FB HC Harsin had some pointed words for the “Twitiots” who voice their displeasure via social media, explaining yesterday that “you used to actually have to be somebody to have an opinion, which meant you had to work your way into a position where your opinion mattered.” Harsin took particular exception to posts calling student-athletes out by name, saying: “The endorphins kick when you read that text message or you read that comment about you that you played really well, and the next one, it might be something vulgar. You know, ‘blank you’ and all this stuff. ‘You suck.’ No, you don’t, because you worked your whole life since you were 6 years old to be a Division I athlete and you’re there. You made it.” (link)
November 9, 2019:
Bonus Bits by BerkowitzBoise State's eighth win gives Harsin an auto one-year extension which adds $2.25M to the deal that runs through January 10, 2025. (link)
November 5, 2020:
In an effort to prevent the issue from being a "major, frequent discussion point," the Idaho State Board of Education gave preliminary approval for the state's schools' presidents to have the power to make the decision on whether or not to serve alcohol at sporting events. Final approval slated for December. Boise State Prez Tromp: "If it does pass, we have to understand exactly what it means. I didn’t anticipate this sort of change from the Board, but we’ll make our decision after they decide." AD Apsey: "We’re excited about the opportunity moving forward. Improving the fan environment, excited about that." (link)
D1.dossiers: Boise State
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