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John Garretson

John Garretson enters his first year as The Arbiter's Sports Editor. A junior Communication student pursuing a Certificate of Public Relations, Garretson is also Boise State PRSSA's Director of Publicity. Check him out on Twitter at @John_Garretson and stay tuned for this season's Arbiter Sports Talk.

Two more players from the 2011 recruiting class are no longer with the Boise State football program. Tuesday afternoon Boise State Head Football Coach Chris Petersen announced redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Ukwuachu and redshirt sophomore quarterback Jimmy Laughrea were no longer with the team. Ukwuachu was dismissed for violation of team rules and Laughrea left the team. Petersen was not available for comment on the subject matter. Ukwuachu, a freshman All-American, started 12 games for the Broncos last season, in which he record 35 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. Ukwuachu was not on the sideline during ...

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It’ll be a duel of Broncos versus Cowboys on the turf in 2021, as strange as it sounds On Friday, Boise State scheduled a home-and-home series with Oklahoma State University, in which the series marks the first regular-season Big 12 opponent for the Broncos. “We’re excited about the opportunity to bring Oklahoma State to Bronco Stadium,” Boise State Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said. “Boise State has proven it will play high-level competition, but our goal is to continue to schedule home-and-home series, so Bronco Nation has the opportunity to see these games in Boise.” The series begins on Sept. 15, 2018, where the first game ...

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Habit is something Rachael Bickerton holds true to her heart. For the Director of Trademark and Licensing at Boise State, there was an imminent need to break her unhealthy habit of smoking, especially when she moved to Boise five years ago. The London, England native took a different approach to nix the nicotine habit: by starting another habit in long-distance running. “I decided I would start running every time I craved a cigarette,” Bickerton said. “I would run for seven minutes because it takes seven minutes to smoke a cigarette in my head.” This running routine began to build and ...

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The Broncos basketball roster just got deeper this past Wednesday and Thursday from two major recruit signings. Head Coach Leon Rice announced that Dezmyn Trent and Nicholas Duncan both signed their National Letter of Intents to attend Boise State in the fall. Trent, 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard out of Foss High School in Tacoma, Wash. was a three year start for Foss and was nammed to the Washington 3A All-State Team by the Tacoma News Tribune, the Seattle Times and the Associated Press.  Trent averaged 26.9 points per game in his senior season, which included eight games with more than 30 ...

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With the winds blowing at +20 mph, the sun peaking through gray cloud patches and Bronco Stadium occupants looking similar to sweatshirt convention attendees, Saturday’s weather gave a quality fall performance. The autumn-like air was fitting for the annual Boise State Blue and Orange Spring Game, where the offense dawned in white, squared away against an orange-cladded defense. Scoring for the game was as follows: six points for a touchdown (both offense and defense), one point for an extra point for the offense and three points for a turnover for the defense. The wind, for the most part, proved to ...

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“Waiting for the dominoes to fall” was a term that had been associated with Boise State’s football team, banking on other teams to fall in order to make it in a BCS bowl game. This time, the term is applicable for the men’s basketball team. Wednesday night the Broncos (21-10, 9-8 in MW) fell to the San Diego State Aztecs (22-9, 10-7) 73-67 in the last quarterfinal game of the 2013 Mountain West Tournament  at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Judging from the first half, it had seemed the Aztecs were going to walk away unscathed, heading ...

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With 25 seconds remaining  in the game and only up by three, it took just a span of five seconds for sophomore guard Derrick Marks to showcase his multifaceted basketball game. A block, rebound and a well-timed time out were not only a remarkable series of plays from the second-year player, but he highlighted the type of basketball Boise State put on display Saturday afternoon. Cue the eruption of the 10,455 members of Bronco Nation in attendance. “Of course I turned the ball over but it was a great play by them and Derrick just made a better play,” sophomore ...

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Out of conference series are piling up on Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle’s resume, especially in the Atlantic Coast Conference. On Wednesday, the Broncos scheduled yet another home-and-home series, this time with two-time national champions and 2012 Discover Orange Bowl victors, the Florida State Seminoles. “Scheduling a home-and-home series against a perennial top-25 program like Florida State is another step in growing our football program,” Boise State Director of Athletics Mark Coyle stated in a release.  “Florida State is a team fans talk about when discussing the top collegiate programs in the country and I know Bronco Nation will ...

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It looks like there will be another notch on the Broncos’ Atlantic Coast Conference opponent belt. On Monday, Boise State announced a home-and-home series with the University of Virginia in football for the 2015 and 2017 season, in which both schools will guarantee an exchange of $200,000. The Broncos will make the travel first starting on Sept. 26, 2015, where the team will travel to Charlottesville, Va. to face the Cavaliers  on the grass field of Scott Stadium. On Sept. 27, 2017, it will be the Cavaliers who will head into Bronco Stadium. However, it’s not the Cavaliers’ first time ...

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In the first of four final Mountain West games of the season, the Broncos (19-8, 7-6 in MW) soundly defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack (12-15, 3-10) 73-47 Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena. Avenging their 75-59 loss in Reno to the Pack, the Broncos came out with vengeance through their hard-nosed defense that forced Nevada to shoot 10-38 (26.3 percent) from the field. “Everybody did their job and stepped up,” junior forward Ryan Watkins said. “That’s what we got to have every game.” Their 10 field goals matched sophomore guard Anthony Drmic’s total field goals for the night as he ...

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By Brandon Walton After three days of grueling competition the Indoor Mountain West Conference Championships finally came to an end Sunday at the Jackson Indoor track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. When it was all said and done the New Mexico Lobos men won their very first Mountain West team indoor championship in a convincing fashion The Boise State men’s team finished in third with 141 points after being in fifth place after Fridays competition. The Broncos finished just a mere 4 points shy of second place. The notable finishers for Boise State were junior Roderick Townsend who ...

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The women’s tennis team (5-1, 0-0 in MW) made the trek to Utah over the weekend to take on Utah State and BYU at their respective stadiums and came out even at 1-1 over the trip. “It was our first time on the road this season,” junior Sandy Vo said. “The altitude is a lot higher in Utah, which was something we prepared for the best we could.” First stop for the Broncos came at Logan, where the women handled Utah State 5-2 Friday afternoon. Even though the Broncos came away with the W, this was the first match of ...

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In a game with Mountain West standings on the line, the Boise State men’s basketball team (16-7, 4-5 in MW) defeated the Wyoming Cowboys (16-7, 2-7 in MW) 68-61 in front of a crowd of 8,127 Saturday night. The Cowboys, without sophomore Larry Nance Jr., were limited in their scoring efforts, heavily relying on senior forward Leonard Washington (18 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks) and senior guard Derrious Gilmore (game-high 26 points). “I’m going to send them a graduation gift. I’m so happy they’re seniors,” Head Coach Leon Rice said about Wyoming’s scoring tandem. “Those two played really good tonight.” ...

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The celebration period is over after the men’s 77-72 upset win over UNLV Saturday night in the lively Taco Bell Arena. Tournament dreams need to settle and Bronco Nation needs to come to terms with the reality of the remainder of the schedule. Nine games remain on the schedule, four away and five at home, but the concept of home court advantage is near obsolete in Mountain West play. Twice the Broncos must face No. 25 San Diego State, an away game at No. 15 New Mexico, and revenge home matches against Colorado State, Air Force and Nevada. However, combine ...

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What a statement for the women’s tennis team (1-0, 0-0 in Mountain West) to start off the spring season Friday afternoon with a 7-0 victory over Weber State (0-2) at the Boas Tennis Center. “It’s our first match, it’s our opening match for us and a bit of nerves came about us but we pulled through,” junior Sandy Vo said. “It was fun, there was a lot of people here and the atmosphere was great.” Starting off on the doubles point, the Broncos took home all three victories, led by freshman Megan LaLone and sophomore Sammie Watson victory in the ...

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It is a common misconception that college athletes are compensated for playing sports. However, in most cases, this is not necessarily true. According to the NCAA’s website, only two percent of high school athletes nationally are awarded athletic scholarships from universities. For those undeterred by the minute number, club sports provide an outlet for those looking to fulfill the competitive athletic appetite. For some, it seems just like Plan B while for others it’s  ideal. Boise State offers club sport opportunities for the sport-hungy—21 different options to be exact. Ranging from club baseball to ultimate, students who participate have the ...

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Heading out to Berkeley, Calif. the No. 38 ranked men’s tennis team (2-1, 1-0 in MW) fell short to No. 14 California on Friday 4-1 in the beginning of the ITA Kick Off Weekend. The Broncos lost the double point 2-0, as the Golden Bears came out and dominated  the men. Senior Scott Sears and sophomore Garrett Patton did not get a chance to finish their doubles play at the No. 2 seed, stuck in a 6-6 tie, as California had already clinched the doubles point. For singles play, freshman Thomas Tenreiro took home the lone Boise State play at ...

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The two-day Jacksons/New Balance Invitational Indoor meet at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa  on Friday and Saturday provided some solid marks and honorable silverware for the Boise State Track and Field team. Friday’s portion of the meet was highlighted with three major wins from the Broncos. Junior sprinter Daveon Collins took home first place in the 200 meter run with a time of 21.48 seconds. Senior distance runner Barak Watson ran an 8:20:26 in the 3,000 meter run, which was good for first. To round it off, senior thrower Matt Post recorded a personal best throw 58-8 in the ...

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It’s been established that Boise State will head back to the Mountain West despite a brief agreement to move to the Big East starting this season, but now things become interesting for the west coast-based conference. Tuesday afternoon, after the winter meetings that took place in Denver, Colo., the league announced football will be split into two divisions: the Mountain Division and the West Division. For Boise State, it takes its talents to the Mountain Division, along with Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah State. The West Division will be comprised of San Diego State, Nevada, Fresno ...

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New year. New semester. New outlook? Perhaps, whether it’s a specific resolution you’re “valiantly” attempting to achieve or even a fresh mentality on tackling the academic obstacles that lay ahead. But a new outlook for Boise State athletics is in order, and for all the right reasons. Plenty of nationally recognized programs have surfaced here on campus, some more noticeable than others, but all giving a brand representation of noteworthy scholar athletes dawning the blue and orange jerseys. The men’s basketball team, who currently hold a 13-4 overall record and have been giving their Mountain West competition quality basketball, despite ...

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The Boise State men’s tennis took advantage of their first two home matches of the season, taking victories over Montana and Air Force this past Saturday at the Boas Tennis Complex. The No. 38 ranked Broncos (2-0, 1-0 in MW), without their top two players from last season in James Meredith and Damian Hume, made a statement this weekend under the veteran presence of senior Scott Sears and emerging star sophomore Garrett Patton. In the first match, the Broncos swept in the doubles play against the Grizzlies, with big wins from Patton and Sears in the No. 1 bracket,  senior ...

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It seems as if the conference realignment rumors have officially been laid to rest. Boise State President Bob Kustra announced today, Dec. 31, that Boise State will not move to the Big East and have decided to remain in the Mountain West. The Broncos were scheduled to join the conference on July 1, 2013 for football and the Big West for non-football sports. “Without question, conference affiliation has been an odyssey for Boise State, with all the unexpected turns and changes that term suggests,”  Kustra said in a statement. “The benefits of geographic footprint, revenue, and national exposure have to ...

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I figure with this being my last column of the year, I would check up one of the more notable Boise State Bronco alums currently making a name in the NFL: Doug Martin. Selected 31st overall in the 2012 NFL Draft from a trade by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a bit of skepticism, including myself, went into whether or not his game would transfer to the professional level. Well, maybe it was just me. ESPN’s Todd McShay had him coming out late in the first round and his colleague, Mel Kiper Jr. stated that Martin would have, alongside Carolina’s Luke ...

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Binge drinking. Excessive homework. The BCS system. What do these three have in common? All can leave you with one nasty headache. Luckily, this flowchart will tackle that last item, the Bowl Championship Series, as well as illustrate why it’s so dang hard for Boise State to make it to a BCS bowl game. Let’s dive in: How the BCS works: A product of the previous bowl selectors, the Bowl Coalition and Bowl Alliance, the BCS was created in 1998, championed by former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer. Despite the previous two selection groups, the BCS technically allows any school from ...

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A fair amount of these BCS rundowns begin with “It’s that time of the year,” where writers attempt to create a wintery threshold between a college football system that will be banished in two years and the holiday season. No, I’m not going down the route, I’d rather just dive right into it. The BCS rankings themselves are a headache, as they are currently the selection system college football possesses to rank the top 25 of Division I’s best. The selection system is broken down into thirds: 1/3 comes from the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, 1/3 comes from the Harris ...

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