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Make-A-Wish boy continues royal treatment at Boise State

I love hearing stories like this one. :

A Minnesota boy, whose big wish was to meet the Boise State Broncos and be part of the team, continued his dream tour in Boise on Friday.

12-year-old Shane Swanson has battled spina bifida his entire life. He received a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and his headed straight for the Boise State blue.

On Thursday, Swanson received star treatment when he arrived at the airport. And on Friday, he got a blue carpet welcome from some of the Bronco cheerleaders, BSU's swim team and other athletes.

He was then escorted to a news conference set up just for him, where he could answer questions and sign a letter of intent as an 'Honorable Member of Bronco Nation.'

"I'm like, 'Wow.' That's about the words that could come out of my mouth," said Swanson. "I thought it was awesome."

Swanson's incredible experience is the third wish granted by Boise State in the past four years.

He will be at Bronco Stadium for the game on Saturday.

BSU announces 2013 color schemes

Football season is almost upon us!  Seen at :

Bronco fans should make more room in their closets for sweet game day gear.

That's because BSU just announced fan color schemes for 5 out of 6 of the Broncos' home football games.

Different tri-color schemes were created for the Tennessee-Martin (Sept. 7) and Nevada (Oct. 19) games, and different blue and orange schemes were created for the Wyoming (Nov. 16) and New Mexico (Nov. 30) games.

For Air Force (Sept. 13), the Broncos' conference home opener, an all-blue scheme was selected.

For the Broncos' game against Southern Miss (Sept. 28), fans will select the color scheme. You can cast your vote on throughout the day on Aug. 14.

For road games, fans are encouraged to wear orange the following games:

  • Washington (Aug. 31)
  • Fresno State (Sept. 20)
  • Utah State (Oct. 12)
  • BYU (Oct. 25)

Fans are encouraged to wear blue against

  • Colorado State (Nov. 2)
  • San Diego State (Nov. 23)

Boise State back to the Mountain West

I didn't really buy into the move to the Big East so, although it's an expensive reversal, I'm glad to see them .

Boise State President Bob Kustra says the decision to rejoin the Mountain West Conference came down to money, stability and flexibility.

Kustra announced Monday that Boise State was pulling its football team out of the Big East Conference. The Broncos were scheduled to begin playing in the Big East next season and had already scheduled games against those teams.

But Kustra says uncertainty with the Big East's future and other factors forced university officials to reconsider. 

What emerged is a unique deal with the Mountain West that for now guarantees Boise State more revenue and the ability to negotiate its own television deal.

Returning to the MWC also allows all Broncos teams to stay in one conference. Next year, non-football teams were set to join the Big West Conference.

Reports of Boise State talking about a return to MWC

Wow, will BSU move conferences again?  It sounds like it's possible that they will move back to the MWC.  :

Reports released by various sports news sites are reporting that Boise State, San Diego State and BYU may be looking to defect back to the Mountain West Conference.

ESPN.com reports sources confirming the schools have had conversations with MWC membership after a series of events appear to be leading to the exit of Rutgers from the Big East to the Big 10 leaving the league with 11 football teams for the 2014 season.

Boise State president Dr. Robert Kustra responded to the reports Monday night in a released statement saying:

"We are in contact with the Big East Conference office and are evaluating the information that has come forward regarding conference realignment the past few days."

Kustra followed up his statement later that night, saying:

"In following up on my statement from earlier this evening and because of a report that Boise State has been talking with the Mountain West, I want to make it clear that Boise State has had no discussions with the Mountain West Conference in the past couple of weeks. %u3000We are in constant communication with presidents and athletic directors of the Big East and we intend to strengthen our the conference by adding members who can contribute to a strong conference."

Boise State Broncos bumped up to #18 in Coaches, #21 in BCS

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The Boise State football team jumped several spots in each of the major polls Sunday, following their 32-7 rout of UNLV at home Saturday.

The Broncos team jumped from No. 22 to No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, from No. 23 to No. 19 in the Harris Poll, and from No. 24 to No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25.

The coaches' poll and Harris poll are the two human components of the BCS Rankings, which will be released later Sunday.

In the coaches' poll, the Broncos (6-1) received a season-best 407 points, surpassing their previous high by 136 points.

This marks the fourth consecutive week that Boise State was included in the coaches polls, which accounts for one-third of a teams score in the BCS Standings.

The BCS Effect
While the Broncos received their biggest boost in the coaches poll this season, both Michigan and Wisconsin continued to gain momentum as well.

This weekend, the Wolverines went on the road and beat Michigan State, 12-10, while the Badgers won at home against Minnesota, 38-10.

The Broncos’ current hope of finishing in front of the Big Ten champion and climbing into the top 16 to secure the non-AQ auto bid will take a big hit if both Michigan and Wisconsin find a way to win out in the regular season. It is unlikely that Boise State could do enough with their remaining schedule (their last five opponents have a combine 14-20 record) to hold them off.

Boise State releases 2012 stadium color schemes

GO BRONCOS!

Boise State Football officially moves to the Big East

I'm still not sure what a school from the Northwest is doing in the Big East, but whatever.  The ink is now dry on the deal.  :

After multiple outside sources confirmed the move, Boise State University officially joined the Big East Conference on Saturday.

BSU will now start the 2013-14 school year as a football-only member. However, the Broncos will remain in the MWC for the team's 2012-2013 season.

As required by its agreement with the Mountain West, Boise State issued its withdrawal from that conference prior to Friday night’s midnight deadline for withdrawal.

In addition, Boise State officials say they are in ongoing, substantive discussions with the Big West Conference as a home for the majority of the school's remaining sports. The Big West plans to hold a meeting prior to the start of the upcoming academic year and make a final decision on Boise State’s membership.

“There is no doubt that conference affiliation is a difficult and complex issue, but I am very pleased where we stand today and excited for the future prospects of all of our Bronco sports,” said Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra.

Just a reminder, all Boise State sports will compete in the MWC for the 2012-13 school, with the exception of wrestling (Pac-12) and gymnastics (WAC).

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