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RE: Today is Idaho's last game in the FBS.
(Yesterday 06:37 PM)Love and Honor Wrote:  Frankly, I'm not quite sure why a state the size of Idaho has three DI teams, and you could argue that they don't even need three four-year universities given how they're not much larger than quite a few states with only one or two (albeit with far smaller area). They probably could've maintained Boise and Idaho pretty well in DI if they kept Idaho State as a four-year UI branch with less funding and DII athletics.

There are three main population centers in Idaho, and each have a DI team.

Idaho Panhandle -U of Idaho. Used to have the most people, but not anymore.
Treasure Valley - Boise St Its much warmer and drier climate has attracted a lot of tech growth in the last 50 years.
Upper Snake River Valley - Idaho State is the supposed team, but that region seems more allegiance to BYU and Utah more than the Bengals.

Other regions like the Magic Valley (Twin Falls area), Sun Valley and region, and the lightly populated central mountain region are more and more geared toward to Boise.
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(Yesterday 06:37 PM)Love and Honor Wrote:  
(Yesterday 12:36 PM)EmeryZach Wrote:  The Idaho fans got hosed by their own administration. I feel horrible for them. Team finally turns a corner and then this.

The real hosing took place twenty years ago when the admin (and state from so I've been told) decided to not seriously invest in the program so it could compete at a high level and not get into this mess. Boise may have always had the larger market, but Idaho had the academics, endowment, and football history; it's easy to forget that UI from 1985 through 1995 only missed the DI-AA playoffs and lost to the Broncos once apiece. Had they capitalized on their success to build a new stadium or expand their dome instead of half-assing it and playing their first few seasons at Wazzu while the program deteriorated, we may be talking about the Vandals in the Mountain West today. I feel for their fans.

Frankly, I'm not quite sure why a state the size of Idaho has three DI teams, and you could argue that they don't even need three four-year universities given how they're not much larger than quite a few states with only one or two (albeit with far smaller area). They probably could've maintained Boise and Idaho pretty well in DI if they kept Idaho State as a four-year UI branch with less funding and DII athletics.

Look at a map to see why they have those 3 four year universities. Ohio is a better state to question why they have so many four year universities close together (which the answer is because they bought up a bunch of private schools in the 60s).
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