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RE: Idaho Asking State for Athletic Dept. Bailout
(02-21-2017 01:42 PM)MplsBison Wrote:  Ah, I missed W Swim being a non-Big Sky sport.

Though most Big Sky teams also don't sponsor M Golf ... so you could cut both and still be at 6 men's/8 women's.


Is that worth $1M per year??? I'd think they'd want spending/coaching salaries for the rest of the sports to match Big Sky peer levels.

Our football coaches would be the highest-paid in the Big Sky. I'd expect that problem to solve itself when Petrino leaves after this year and we go cheap for the next HC.
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(02-21-2017 11:42 AM)MplsBison Wrote:  Though getting back to the heart of what I was curious about ---- if the requirement had stayed 30k capacity, do you think Idaho would've actually built say a new 30k outdoor stadium?? I don't think the dome can be upgraded to anywhere near 30k capacity.
Or would they just have feathered a deal with Wash St to use Martin for Idaho home games?? While that seems very odd ... I doubt there is any other situation in the country as unique, with two P5 public flagship schools so close to each other.

I do not know for sure. I believe they might have if forced to (no rolling 15,000 paid attendance rule) while they were still winning early in their move to D1A/FBS in the late 1990s. The rivalry was the biggest thing in the state and keeping up with (and surpassing) BSU on the facilities front should have been a very powerful incentive. If an earnest plea was made to UI boosters (and alums and students), I believe UI could have (and likely would have) built proper D1A/FBS gameday facilities then.

(02-15-2017 07:56 PM)Bronco85 Wrote:  The Broncos would go on to finish ranked 11, 13 in 2008, 4,4 in 2009, 9,7 in 2010, 8, 6 in 2011, 18, 14 in 2012, and 16, 16 in 2014. (They also had top 25 finishes prior to 2006). They would win 2 more Fiesta Bowls after the OU win. No FBS school has won more football games this century than BSU at 186-35-0 .842 (Ohio State is second at 169-39-0 .813 - and no, BSU is not historically better than the OSU). Lots of teams hope desperately for this sort of "cooling".

Ah, just a second there. That's not really what I meant. I thought it was obvious that I was referring to just to the most recent period where Idaho has been trending up and Boise has been trending flat or down. Obviously that is 2015 and 2016 ... which you conveniently left off.

Idaho: up to 4-8 in 2015, and then breakout 2016 with 9-4 record and not just bowl game but bowl win

Boise: down to 9-4 in 2015, 10-3 in 2016 with a loss to Wyoming (I follow Craig Bohl, so I knew that) ... neither year winning the division ... yeah not terrible records, but it has been a while no CCG for Boise in back to back years! As well as not ranked even in the top 25 back to back years!

While the vast majority of BSU fans would agree that 9-4 and 10-3 are simply unacceptable (I am not one of those), in both of those years BSU had better records than UI. Yes, BSU finished outside the T25 in both of those years, but they managed to sweep the P5 games they played and went bowling. Interestingly, in 2016 UI and BSU had 4 opponents in common (ULL, CSU, WSU, & UNLV). BSU went 4-0 against those opponents with an AMV of 15 points and TPF-TPA=60 while UI finished at 3-1, AMV of 8 with TPF-TPA= -21 (due to blowout loss to WSU). Pick any end of season ranking system anywhere and BSU ended both of those seasons ranked significantly higher than UI. It speaks well that you (I assume you are not a fan of BSU) view those records as disappointing and may be an indicator of the general expectations of BSU football. UI is definitely doing better (I am on record as predicting they will be bowling again after the upcoming season) but your 2 year snapshot is not necessarily a trend. BSU has had disappointing seasons (from the fan expectations) after all three of their Fiesta Bowl seasons. If someone watched every game played by the Broncos since they started playing football in 1932 (84 years), they would have seen a record of 617-221-12 (.726). I'll take it. UI has gone 465-603-27 (.425) in its FB history.
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"The march to nowhere"--Catchy if not inspiring.
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