About the author  ⁄ John Engel

John Engel

John Engel is the sports editor of the Arbiter. He got interested in journalism when he was cut from the baseball team his junior year of high school. He started writing for his high school newspaper and swore he would one day work for ESPN, and indeed he did. He recently finished an internship with ESPN as a radio production intern where he talked to Kobe Bryant and almost fainted. He still works with ESPN Radio's Boise affiliate, ESPN Boise as a studio engineer, reporter and SportsCenter anchor. He is majoring in communication with an audio production emphasis, and plans to graduate sometime in the next decade. Follow John on Twitter: @EngelESPN

For men’s tennis seniors Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke, the time has come to say goodbye to the blue courts of the Appleton Tennis Center. The Broncos (23-4, 4-0 MW) will play their final matches of the regular season against conference opponent Air Force, and San Francisco on Saturday. This will be Boise State’s last opportunity to raise its national stock before embarking for the Mountain West Championships in Fresno, Calif. on April 24. Air Force will be the first opponent of the day at 11 a.m., followed by San Francisco at 6 p.m. Both seniors hail from overseas, with ...

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On the heals of a 6-1 route of Air Force inside the Boas Indoor Tennis Center, Boise State women’s tennis will once again welcome a pair of opponents into its home territory. Boise State (10-8, 3-2 MW) will welcome the College of Idaho and Portland State on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in its two final non-conference matchups of the season. The match with Portland State will serve as the Broncos’ senior day for Moran Basil, Sandy Vo and Anissa Bryant-Swift. Fans are encouraged to wear all blue colors for the senior day matchup. Action will begin at 5 p.m. for ...

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It rained, and poured, Tuesday for the Boise State men’s tennis team. “It was the perfect storm and we were on the wrong end of it,” head coach Greg Patton said. Patton and the no. 22 ranked Boise State men’s tennis team went into Palo Alto, Calif. with the goal of capping off their West Coast with three wins, but instead left soaked and sorrowful. According to Patton, there was only a two or three hour window in which the match could be played because of weather, so the Broncos were forced to breeze through their warmups and were unable ...

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When former Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen jumped ship for Washington, Bronco Nation appeared to be experiencing the football equivalent of the apocalypse. However, since being hired as the Broncos head coach, Bryan Harsin has put together arguably the highest-profile recruiting class in Boise State football history. By hiring Texas A&M co-defensive coordinator Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator and Stanford wide receivers and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford as offensive coordinator, Harsin has given Boise State football recruiting new life, and has allowed the Broncos to sign multiple four-star athletes. Biggest Gains: 1. Chase Blakley, tight end, Couer ‘d ...

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Few things better announce the coming of spring more than teeing off on a par-5 and cruising around in a golf cart. Even though the weather around Boise State campus tells a different story, Bronco men’s golf will begin the spring season with the 10th Annual Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational in St. George, Utah. The 36-hole tournament begins today and runs through Tuesday. Boise State golfers will face off against nine other teams on the par-72, 6,781-yard Sunbrook Golf Club. Included in the field is tournament-host Southern Utah, Weber State, Utah State and Seattle. Boise State will send six golfers ...

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Last weekend, Boise State track and field athletes competed in two different states, capturing four titles and breaking two school records at the Ed Jacoby Invitational and Multis at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. Both of the new record holders are in their first season with Boise State track and field. Freshman Allison Jeffries will now be remembered as the first Boise State woman pole vaulter to clear the four meter mark, setting the new school record of 13-1.25 (4.00m). She recorded the monumental height on her third attempt. Before becoming a Bronco, Jeffries had a career ...

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After the departure of former head football coach Chris Petersen from the Boise State football program, the Broncos have had some issues at the quarterback position. Butte College quarterback Tommy Stuart’s transfer to Boise State from California couldn’t have come at a better time for head football coach Bryan Harsin. Serra High (Gardena, Calif.) senior quarterback Jalen Greene decommitted from Boise State to follow Petersen. He then decided to jump ship once again for Southern California and new head football coach Steve Sarkisian. Joe Southwick found himself in the midst of a “scandal,” involving him allegedly urinating off of a ...

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Zodiac In this 2007 thriller, Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) transforms himself from San Francisco Chronical cartoonist to obsessed detective. Zodiac is yet another bone-churning film by director David Fincher, and provides 157 minutes of suspense and drama for the Netflix viewer. It is a dramatized adaption of Graysmith’s book, which chronicled the pursuit of the Zodiac killer by San Francisco Area police. Graysmith rises far above his pay grade, as he is neither a police officer nor an investigative reporter, but becomes in integral piece in deciphering the cryptic puzzles and messages sent by the unknown mass murderer. Gyllenhaal wonderfully captures Graysmith’s ...

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Boise State head coach Leon Rice has quickly developed the Bronco men’s basketball program into a perennial NCAA tournament, but the major pitfalls of Rice’s system in the frontcourt—size and rebounding—have limited Boise State’s true potential. Senior forward Ryan Watkins is quickly changing that. As a freshman, Watkins averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, and was part of a Bronco frontcourt which was consistently out rebounded. This season, Watkins is nearly averaging a double-double with 10.6 points and 9.7 rebounds, and has become one of Rice’s most reliable options in the paint as both a rebounder and a ...

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Boise State football may be in the midst of its most difficult transition in program history with the shocking departure of Chris Petersen, but the Broncos are already reaping the benefits of their new coaching staff. Following head coach Bryan Harsin’s hiring of Texas A&M co-defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, the Broncos landed their first headline-writing recruit. Enter Dylan Sumner-Gardner. Sumner-Gardner had been committed to Texas A&M, recruited by Yates since March, but announced his commitment to Boise State immediately after Yates decided to take the defensive coordinator position at Boise State. He is also Harsin’s first commitment as head coach. ...

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When choosing where to eat for lunch downtown, coffee shops galore entice customers with discounted bagels and specialty lattes to curb midday hunger. But having lunch at a coffee shop is disrespectful to lunch time. Even though options may be slim for an inexpensive lunch stop downtown, this time it’s perfectly fine to be bleu. Bleubird is an elegant, yet casual, downtown lunch stop featuring sandwiches and other fine, yet affordable, fine dishes headlined with bleu cheese. Located in the former dwellings of the Fixx coffee shop on 10th Street, Bleubird features a unique dining experience at a bar, where ...

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1. Justin Wilcox (Washington defensive coordinator): It was Boise State’s Chris Petersen who was chosen as the next Huskies head coach, and he brought Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski with him, according to reports. Despite coaching under Petersen from 2006-2009, Wilcox appears to be out of a job. Boise State’s last two head coaches were renowned for their offensive ingenuity. 2. Bryan Harsin (Arkansas State head coach): Atop many fan wish lists for the next Boise State head football coach is current Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin. Harsin was a Boise State assistant coach and offensive coordinator for ...

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Before any new professors can be hired, salaries can be raised, courses can be added and buildings can be built, Boise State officials must first pitch and plead with the Idaho State Legislature for funding. This January, Boise State will primarily lobby to raise professor wages and garner nearly $7 million for adding professors and reducing the amount of bottleneck upper division courses. The State challenged public institutions to award 60 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 with diplomas by 2020, and Boise State believes $7 million of the over $77 million requested in the newest ...

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Coming off the second bye week of the season, Boise State hosts Wyoming in its second-to-last home game, and Mountain West matchup of the season. The Broncos look to increase their all-time record against the Cowboys to 7-0, Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, with kickoff slated for 8:15 p.m. MT. Boise State (6-3, 4-1 MW) is in the midst of its worst season since head coach Chris Petersen took control, but the Broncos are still very much in the hunt for a Mountain West Mountain division title. Utah State currently sits in first place in the Mountain ...

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Boise State redshirt junior quarterback Grant Hedrick has been recognized by the Manning Award as one of eight “Stars of the Week” for his six-touchdown performance against Colorado State last week. Hedrick completed 19-of-27 passes for 305 yards and rushed eight times for 30 yards and a touchdown. The Manning Award will select a Manning Award Player of the Week from the group of eight by way of fan vote. Arizona State quarterback and Eagle, Idaho native Taylor Kelly; Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd; Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr; Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson; Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens; Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova; ...

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The Boise State football team has a good luck charm: starring on ESPN’s second-best network. Boise State football’s upcoming home matchup against Mountain West opponent Wyoming on Nov. 16 will air on ESPN2, the ESPN family of networks announced this week. Kickoff will be at 8:15 p.m. This is the first time the Broncos have been featured on ESPN2 since Nov. 19, 2010.  In that game the Broncos demolished Fresno State 51-0 at Bronco stadium. Boise State is 18-1 on ESPN2 since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1996, according to Bronco Sports. The Broncos will play their final regular-season ...

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Boise State men’s basketball has become known for its high-volume three-point shooting and fast-paced offensive style, but head coach Leon Rice emphasized the importance of more improved post play this offseason. His wish may have come true even before the start of the season. In Boise State’s 80-52 exhibition victory over Lewis-Clark State, senior forward Ryan Watkins led the Broncos with 15 points and made his first six shot attempts. Watkins is also one of two starting seniors in the Broncos rotation, along with point guard Jeff     Elorriaga. “Well Ryan (has) worked really, really hard throughout the offseason,” ...

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One week ago, Grant Hedrick was nothing more than a backup quarterback. His game days were filled with waving his arms awkwardly from the sidelines, while wearing a headset, in order to relay the plays to the starting quarterback, Joe Southwick. Then everything changed. Now Hedrick will be counted on to be more than a one-game wonder. Hedrick entered the game after Southwick broke his right ankle on the Broncos’ first offensive play from scrimmage. He went on to complete 18-of-21 passes for 150 yards and rush for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Southwick was in the midst of the ...

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For the first time in recent memory, the Boise State men’s basketball team will have to adjust to unfamiliar preseason distractions. Instead of the football team garnering all of the campus attention, it is basketball that enters the 2013-14 season with lofty expectations. The Broncos were picked to finish tied for second in the Mountain West with UNLV in the preseason media polls after being selected to finished eighth in the same poll last season. In 2012, not a single Bronco was selected to the All-Mountain West team. This season, juniors Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks were both given All-Mountain ...

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The student section at Boise State men’s basketball games, better known as The Corral, has become notorious for shouting the common Australian chant: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!,” following a made basket by Australian players Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic. With the addition of Sydney, Australia native Nick Duncan, members of the student section may need to pace themselves for the on-slot of scoring by the Broncos newest Aussie. Along with Drmic and Hadziomerovic, Duncan is an alumnus of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), which produces some of Australia’s most talented athletes. Because professional basketball is much less ...

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Many students study fields of science at Boise State, but a select few are changing science. Students Amanda Laib, Kathleen Bundy, Josh Ekhoff and Eliza Schuz will be attending the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting to present and share the research they have conducted at Boise State. The 125th edition of the conference will take place from Oct. 27-28 in Denver, Colo. The students work alongside Boise State associate professor of isotope geochemistry Mark Schmitz, Ph.D., who is world-renowned for his work in dating some of earth’s oldest minerals and events. He runs the Isotope Geology Laboratory at ...

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Over the last two seasons, Joe Southwick has shouldered much of the blame for the Broncos’ fall from BCS-busting glory. The Broncos are off to a less-than-stellar start to the 2013 season after losing two of their first five games for the first time since opening the 2005 season, with losses to Georgia and Oregon State. It’s easy to blame Southwick, who is clearly the antithesis of his predecessor, Kellen Moore. Southwick has versatility with his legs, is outspoken at times and enjoys the attention that comes with being a Division I quarterback. Moore, on the other hand, needed a ...

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The Boise State Athletic Department recently began offering discounted tickets to various future home football games – Southern Miss (Sept. 28), Wyoming (Nov. 16) and New Mexico (Nov. 30) – because of lackluster attendance. Now the student section is beginning to thin out, as well. Students are allotted 5,000 tickets to each home football game. The Athletic Department released 500 tickets in Section 120 at a substantial discount for reserved seating. In an interview with the Arbiter’s own Nate Lowery, associate athletic director for development David Kinard attributed the low turnout to home games to the high price. Full-time students, however, ...

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Introduction: Since watching Boise State’s miraculous 2007 Fiesta Bowl victory over Adrian Petersen and   the Oklahoma Sooners, Shane Swanson has wanted to meet the Boise State football team and head coach Chris Petersen. His dream was to witness a game on the famous Blue Turf. Shane, now 12 years old, isn’t from Boise, Idaho, or the western United States for that matter. He lives in Bloomington, Minn. Shane has lived with Spinal Bifida his entire life and most recently a broken leg, which requires him to use a wheelchair.  He had one wish; to become a Boise State Bronco ...

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Three years ago, before the phenomena of athletes kissing their biceps after scoring a touchdown was deemed “Kaepernicking,” Boise State football was on the cusp of completely changing the structure of college football. Only Nevada, one wacky new pistol offense, and Colin Kaepernick stood in the way of the Broncos. Had Boise State defeated No. 19 Nevada in overtime that November Friday night in Reno, Nevada, the Broncos would have won the 2011 Rose Bowl, joined the eventual Pac-12 Conference and changed the entire destiny of Boise State football. In case you didn’t already know, that didn’t happen. Two missed ...

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