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From L-R: Abby Webb, Ann Stockwell, Lianne Josbacher, Alex Esmerian, and Sandra Collantes.

The Boise State gymnastics team is arguably the best sports program at the university right now after achieving a No. 19  ranking nationally last season.

Unfortunately for their opponents, the Broncos just got a whole lot better with a new group of newcomers.

The Broncos have just added four incoming freshmen, as well as one redshirt freshman who joined the program in spring to form arguably their best group of newcomers yet.

“To see what kind of college athletes these girls will develop into is going to be exciting,” co-head coach Tina Bird said.

The true freshmen include Abby Webb, Lianne Josbacher, Alex Esmerian and Ann Stockwell. Redshirt freshman Sandra Collantes joined the team in spring, but did not compete.

“I think all of them are going to make an impact for us this season,” Bird said. “I think the upperclassmen will have to work extra hard to keep their spots.”

Each of the new recruits brings to the team their own unique talents and stories.

Webb is the only newcomer with ties to the state of Idaho. She spent her high school years competing for the Palouse Empire club based in Moscow, Idaho.

“It was different, but I definitely loved competing for Idaho and I have loved it ever since,” Webb said. “It was a big reason why I chose to come to Boise State.”

Josbacher came from such a small gymnastics team that she didn’t know what being part of a team was like until she came to Boise State.

“I just want to help the team in any way possible because I have never been part of one before. I love them so much,” Josbacher said. “They are all like my older sisters to me.”

Esmerian brings her exceptional beam talent to the Broncos, an event not for the faint of heart.

“I have just always loved beam and it’s definitely my favorite event,” she said. “I don’t get scared by it and everyone says it’s the hardest event but for me it’s just fun.”

Stockwell gives the Broncos another all-around talent and can step in to support her teammates in any gymnatsics event.

Finally, Collantes is a national champion for her home country of Peru and would have competed last year for the Broncos had she not gotten injured.

“I am a little nervous because I had never stopped for this long,” Collantes said. “I am excited to be back and be able to help my team because I know they are great.”

One thing is for sure: the girls are all loving their new team and are happy they came to Boise State.

“I really love the whole community of Boise,” Stockwell said. “It really reminded me of my hometown. It feels like home to me.”

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A student does a trick on a slackline.

Ali Roberts- Staff Writer

Slacklining at Boise State is one of the many new fads that has swept across campus. The self-proclaimed “slackers” take slacklining seriously.

Slacklining is similar to tight-rope walking, the main difference is these ropes can be set up anywhere between two trees.

The slackliners also attempt tricks.

Amateur or not, the slacklining club will welcome anyone to try it out.

The slacklining club currently meets on the rec field next to the Student Union Building every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Roxanne Friedmann, a member of the slacklining club, prefers having the group meet in a high traffic area.

“The SUB is a really great area for that. Because of the high traffic next to it we get a lot of people,” Friedmann said. “We’re always really open to letting people try and come and hang out with us.”

Slacklining has been around Boise State for almost a year now, but this is the first year as an official club.

The club’s motto is “Don’t slack off online, slack off on lines.”

They began meeting before the fall semester started and plan to continue meeting through the year.

The slackers will need more accommodations once winter is in full swing. They will need to move indoors because the lines themselves need extremely strong supports.

The line has two tons of pressure when it is tightened, and it cannot be tied to just anything or it will buckle under the weight.

They will continue meeting on the rec field until winter when they hope to get a setup in the Recreation Center here on campus.

Slacklining requires fitness and balance, as well as mental and physical strength.

“If there’s a lot of stuff on my mind I just set up a line and get on one; it’s just relaxing,” sophomore Alicia Combs said. “I’m not thinking about anything else that’s worrying me.”

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The next star in the quarterback lineage of Boise State football will find himself in the Treasure Valley sooner than expected.

Brett Rypien, a four-star recruit and consensus top 14-ranked quarterback in the nation, according to the four major recruiting services, signed a financial aid agreement (FAA) with the university on Tuesday.

The FAA will allow the Broncos to provide financial assistance to Rypien as he takes classes and participate in football practices at Boise State next spring.

Rypien is set to graduate from Shadle Park High School in Spokane, WA and enroll at Boise State a semester early.

“Brett is a phenomenal quarterback, a great student and comes from a wonderful family,” Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin said in a press release from the athletic department. “He will be a great ambassador of Bronco football, and we are excited that we will have him on campus early so that he can begin to acclimate himself to Boise State and participate in spring practices.”

An FAA is different from the National Letter of Intent most recruits will sign on Feb. 5, 2015. An FAA is not binding on Rypien’s part; he may change his mind and sign with another university  until he arrives at Boise State. Boise State however, must provide financial aid to Rypien when he arrives on campus.

Rypien led Shadle Park to an 11-2 season last year, and has passed for over 4,500 yards and 90 touchdowns in his career.

He is the nephew of Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien.

The younger Rypien already broke Mark’s Greater Spokane League former record for 4,956 yards.

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Curt Aspey is leaving Boise State after 16 years for Carroll College

Piles of Boise State apparel lay scattered in Curt Aspey’s office at the Nicholson-Yanke Athletic Center as he prepares to take his final bow at Boise State.

Aspey, the former associate athletic director for University Advancement begins his tenure as the athletic director for Carroll College on Oct. 6, ending a nearly 16-year career at Boise State.

“It’s been an unbelievable ride here,” Aspey told The Arbiter. “I’ve been very, very fortunate. My heart will always be here, but my efforts are with Carroll now.”

Aspey has served in multiple positions for the Broncos since he was hired away from California State-Bakersfield in 1998, including a three-month term as the interim athletic director in September of 2011 after Gene Bleymaier was fired.

After 16 years, however, Aspey felt it was time to pursue other opportunities. His professional goal has always been to oversee his own program one day, and he felt he had reached the ceiling at Boise State.

With both of his daughters now away at college, Aspey felt the timing was right; he just didn’t realize he would be offered an athletic director job so quickly.

“The only thing I haven’t done is sit in the head seat,” Aspey said. “The last step is this. Obviously we have ties here but, from the family standpoint, it was a good time to start looking. It certainly came a lot quicker than I imagined.”

The irony is that Aspey’s youngest daughter, Madison, is a freshman at Carroll and a member of the school’s soccer team.
“It took (Madison) 18 years to get away from Mom and Dad and now here I am following her,” Aspey said. “I got a really good taste of the culture there through the recruiting process with her. I had no idea that the athletic director position was going to become available when it did.”

In the eyes of many, Aspey’s biggest accomplishment for Boise State was heading the Initiative for Athletic Excellence—a multi-million dollar campaign to improve the university’s athletic facilities.

Aspey perceived the need to improve the facilities in order to provide a better experience for Boise State athletes and coaches.

“Being able to provide the ultimate experience for student athletes is my purpose in this business,” Aspey said. “Making the experience for our student athletes even better—that’s my goal at the end of the day.”

The Caven-Williams Sports Complex ($10 million, 2006), Stueckle Sky Center ($37 million, 2008), Arguinchona Basketball Complex ($3 million, 2011) and Bleymaier Football Center (2012, $22 million) were all projects in the Initiative for Athletic Excellence.

Despite all his work in constructing facilities, Aspey isn’t expecting to get a building named after him.

“There’s a lot of people that have been here a long time and have done a heck of a lot more than me,” Aspey said with a laugh.

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The Broncos are back on track after winning back-to-back games at home.

The volleyball team opened conference play at home with a 1-1 record this past week.

Up first for the Broncos weas Wyoming.

Going into this game Boise State was riding a four match winning streak.

“It gave us confidence going into conference play and opening up at home was a really big opportunity that we capitalized on,” sophomore middle blocker Maddy O’Donnell said.

Each team split the first two games before the Broncos responded by taking the next games and then the match 25-22, 21-25, 25-16 and 25-19.

“It was one of those sport movie moments when your team responds and motivates you as a coach,” head coach Shawn Garus said.

The Broncos were led by true freshman outside hitter Sierra Nobley who led the team with 19 kills.

“I am really proud of her development,” Garus said. “She has shown every step of the way that she is capable of doing more and I am so proud of everything she has accomplished.”

Nobley has really come up strong for the Broncos and has already become one of the team’s top stars.

“I did not expect it,” Nobley said. “I am really proud of myself and the team has brought me in and been really supportive of me. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

The Broncos also got a solid performance from O’Donnell who added nine kills of her own and a team- high four blocks.

“She is a match up nightmare for other teams because she is so fast,” Garus said. “She is one of the best attackers in the conference.”

The Broncos then played seventh ranked Colorado State, one of the highest ranked teams the Broncos have ever faced.

“The defensive talent that they have is incredible,” Garus said. “There is not a lot weakness there and they are a very good team.”

Boise State was hoping to play the role of David in taking down Goliath.

Unfortunately for the Broncos, that was not to be the case as they were swept by the Rams 25-19, 25-17 and 25-22.

“They are definitely one of the better teams and it was very disappointing to come out and not play well against them,” senior outside hitter Taylor Murphey said.

The Broncos were led by senior outside hitter Alyssa Gammel who led the team with eight kills.

“We just need to keep our heads up,” Gammel said.

Boise State will next hit the road when they face Air Force this Thursday.

“We have a never say die attitude,” Gammel said. “If we play like that then we are unstoppable.”

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Flores is only a freshman and is already having an impact for the soccer team.

By Addie Glick

Freshman goalkeeper Janelle Flores has fought for her position and has had an impressive performance this season for the Boise State soccer team.

Flores had large shoes to fill upon her arrival to Boise State. With the graduation of all-conference goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt, Flores saw herself thrust into a competition against sophomore Bailey Anderson and redshirt sophomore Kylie Mascol.

“Flores calibrated herself quickly, her kicking game has improved vastly,” head coach Jim Thomas said. “There are some key elements that are big for the way that we play that she’s already elevated in the short time that she’s been here.”

Flores, a native of Hesperia, California, first learned about Boise State by watching the football team. When applying for colleges, she wanted to keep all of her doors open but quickly fell in love with Boise State.

“(It was) a growing program and it’s only getting better,” Flores said. “I think it’s amazing that I even get an opportunity to play like I’ve never imagined.”

Flores has been playing since the age of four. According to Flores she has attention deficit disorder; her mom placed her in soccer as a way to get her energy out, and it just clicked for her.

“[My role models are] my parents because they’re hard workers—they didn’t get anything handed to them, they’re blue-collar. That’s how I got where I am,” Flores said. “I also have Manuel Neuer, who is the goalkeeper for Germany and also my ex-coach Jessica White.”

Flores is currently studying criminal justice. She hopes that she could maybe one day play for a national team, but for now, her focus is on becoming an FBI agent.

Overall, the team has had some wins this season and hopefully many more to come. Thomas hopes to see the team get into a more settled rhythm as they get reacquainted with the system that they played last year.

“Once we really get into a rhythm I think you’ll see a lot more consistent performances on both sides of the ball,” Thomas said.

The team’s next game is at Colorado State this Friday, Oct. 3, starting at 4 p.m.

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Freshman Andrew Rafla (131) has already made an impact this season with a fourth place finish at the Utah Open and a 32nd finish at the Roy Griak Invitational.

The Boise State men’s cross country team is in a rebuilding year as only three of last year’s starters are returning.

For assistant coach Jeff Howard, a new team doesn’t necessarily mean a new strategy.

“The goal is the same,” Howard said. “Get as close as we can to complete for national titles.”

The team has already begun to experience great chemistry. The older veterans on the team have already stepped up into leadership roles. With their help, the newcomers are quickly getting up to speed.

“The team is adding new goals like focusing more on long-term development of the team,” Howard said. “They are more talented I think than our team last year”

Senior David Elliott feels that the team’s summer camp was integral in building chemisty with the new members. He’s also coming to terms with being a team leader.

“It’s kind of nerve-racking.” Elliott said on stepping into a new role of leader. “It’s just like ease of my experience and showing these guys what it’s like to run in a college program.”

Fellow senior Aaron Back is very excited for the new season. Back was worried at first with just the sheer amount of newcomers on the team but feels confident that this season is going to be successful.

“This is the best team chemistry of any team I have been on,” Back said.

Even though the team is new there are high hopes as to the success of the team based on the talent of both newbies and veterans and the chemistry that has formed in just a short amount of time.

Freshman Andrew Rafla has already shown he is ready to step up. Rafla finished second on the team and fourth overall at the Broncos first race of the season—the Utah Open.

He further solidified his spot on the team with a 32nd overall placing at this past weekend’s Roy Griak Invitational.

Freshman Rhys Park also gave the team a boost when he was the third Bronco to finish.

“This is just a start of a whole new wave” Elliot said.

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Tom Kalahar of Olivia, Minn. hunting doves.

The start of fall marks the kickoff of Idaho hunting season.

“It’s a hobby everyone should take up,” senior nursing major Johnny Wade said.

Hunting is one of the most popular recreational activities in the state of Idaho.

Senior nursing major Colton Dyer has been around hunting his entire life.

“I grew up in that lifestyle and growing up, you just couldn’t wait to get out there,” Dyer said.

There are several things  one must do to become a hunter.

“Safety matters and we have these regulations for a reason,” Dyer said. “Always be aware of gun safety and you can never be too careful.”

You must first take a formal training class known as hunter safety.

In the state of Idaho you can enroll in the official Hunter Safety Education  course when you’re 10 years old. The course can be either taken online or in a classroom.

“There is a lot of safety taught in the course about what to do and what not to do,” Dyer said.

Next, you are required to meet up with a certified hunter education safety instructor and take a field test.

“They want to make sure you know gun safety and all the mechanics that come with it,” Wade said.

Once you are officially certified, you can then go out and get a permit, or tag.

“Think of it like this: the government is giving you permission to go out and get that animal,” Dyer said.

Permits differ depending on what types of weapon you are going to use and what animal you want to hunt.

There are general tags, which are for typical big game like deer and elk.

Then there are the specialized tags that not everyone can get. These tags are acquired through a random drawing and are typically for more exotic and restricted game, such as moose.

“Those are like raffles,” Wade said. “They are like once-in-a-lifetime type of deals.”

These specialized tags for controlled hunts are much more desirable for several reasons.

Controlled hunts allow a limited amount of hunters in a specialized area, for specialized game.

“With the hunting population rising, the government has to be able to regulate it,” Dyer said. “It could be better and there is always room for improvement, but it is a good system.”

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Beau Martin celebrating with fans following a victory over Colorado State.

Beau Martin took the path less traveled to get from Denver to Boise State. Now, he gets to return once again to his home state.

The Broncos travel to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, only about an hour drive from Martin’s alma mater JK Mullen High School, for their second MW game of the season this week.

“It means a lot,” Martin said. “I got to do it last year against Colorado State and that was fun. It’s definitely special for me. I’m glad I get this opportunity.”

Martin, a redshirt senior, is the anchor of Boise State’s defensive line. Currently, he is second on the team with 2.5 sacks.

Coming out of high school, Martin entertained several offers—including one from Air Force—but instead choose to attend Colorado State- Pueblo, a DII school.

“I just don’t think I was cut out to be a cadet,” Martin said. “I have all the respect in the world for those guys. That is a very disciplined lifestyle. Being offered by Air Force was an honor.”

It was hard to argue with his decision after one season. As a freshman, Martin had 7.5 sacks for the ThunderWolves and won RMAC Defensive Freshman of the Year honors.

Yearning to play DI football, Martin took a risk and left CSU-Pueblo and enrolled at Boise State as a walk-on.

After sitting out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Martin earned a scholarship and made his first start for the Broncos in the 2012 season opener against Michigan State. After that, he would only make one other start before this season

All of the trials and tribulations Martin has faced in his career would not stop him however. Now an unquestioned starter, Martin is a big reason why Boise State is second in the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 53.5 yards per game.

The Broncos will need every bit of effort Martin can provide—Air Force ranks sixth in the nation in rushing offense. The Fighting Falcons average 335 yards per game.

As his career at Boise State nears its end, Martin hopes he can use his degree in communication to continue a career in football—in any form really.

“I don’t ever see myself leaving this game,” Martin said.

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Addie Glick- Staff Writer

Boise State’s Hannah Newhouse, a freshman from Twin Falls, Idaho, will race her way into Boise State this semester as its first collegiate racecar driver.

The university offered Newhouse a scholarship and, in return, she will sport the “B” logo on her Chevy Impala SS and uniform as she races throughout the western United States.

One of Newhouse’s biggest events this season will be the NASCAR K&N West Race in Phoenix where she’ll have the opportunity to race alongside big names in

“This is a make or break opportunity for me in racing,” Newhouse said. “I want to go out and represent not only myself as a racecar driver, but also my sponsors and Boise State as well.”

Growing up in Twin Falls, Newhouse and her family have always been supporters of Boise State.

“Boise State is something I’ve grown up with,” Newhouse said. “So I’m getting to take it with me when I travel to all these different places and represent something that is not only backing me but is something close to home as well.”

Newhouse first got involved in racing when she was just five years old. Because her father was into racing motocross, go-carts and cars, it was easy for her to fall in love with the world of racing at a very young age.

Newhouse claims that her father is one of her biggest role models.

“He’s been behind me every step of the way,” Newhouse said.

This year Newhouse will be studying marketing and communication. She believes that the racing world depends heavily on marketing, and if for some reason she couldn’t race, she’d still want to market someone who is.

Newhouse’s advice to aspiring drivers is to not give up after a rough night­—the sport is filled with them.

“There’s a lot more bad nights than there are good nights in the world of racing,” Newhouse said. “[But] it will all make up for it in the long run. You just have to keep going.”

With this partnership between Newhouse and Boise State she’ll be able to expose the university to the world of racing all while getting a college education.

Newhouse can be seen in the televised NASCAR K&N West Race at Phoenix International Raceway Nov. 6-8.

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The conductor of the Boise State offense is back in a big way.

Junior running back Jay Ajayi exploded for 150 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns, his ninth 100- yard rushing game which is the 10th most in school history.

This was also his fourth career game and second this season in which he ran for at least three touchdowns.

“It’s the Jay train,” Ajayi said. “Just have to get it cranking and I am the conductor.”

Ajayi was instrumental in Boise State’s 34-9 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Homecoming night as the Broncos improved to 3-1 on the season.

“I knew he was going to come out and run the ball well and he did,” senior quarterback Grant Hedrick said. “It really gets us going and we like to get him in a rhythm.”

Ajayi got off to a fast start as he scored the games first three touchdowns.

“Getting the Jay train rolling is important,” head coach Bryan Harsin said.

After a down week last week against UConn, Ajayi was looking to rebound
this week.

“Last week I felt I didn’t do as much as I could have,” Ajayi said. “This week was just being in the mind-set that I was going to have a great game and I was able to do that.”

It has been no secret this season that the Bronco offense literally runs
through Ajayi.

“He continues to be a workhorse for us,” Harsin said. “He gets our offense started.”

Ajayi as carried the ball 98 times already this season; which is the second most times in the nation behind James Conner of Pittsburgh.

“We believe in the run and it’s very important to get it going,” Harsin said. “You win games by running the ball.”

For the season Ajayi has amassed 494 rushing yards which is the 11th most in the nation with five touchdowns to go along with that.

What makes Ajayi even more dangerous to opposing teams is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Ajayi has 23 receptions for 204 yards on the season
so far.

Despite the self proclaimed nickname and the statistics Ajayi’s number one focus is the team.

“Every week I go out and I want to make sure I’m doing what I can to help our team win,” Ajayi said.

Ajayi already has 142 more rushing yards through the first four games then he did last season and could be in for not only his best season but perhaps the best season for a running back in school history.

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Cornerback Donte Deayon and the Bronco defense put up another great performance in a 34-9 win over Louisiana Lafayette.

Defense wins championships.

With the way the Broncos defense has been playing a Mountain West Championsh could soon become a reality.

Boise State once again played lights out defense in their 34-9 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday night at Homecoming.

The Broncos only allowed 241 yards of total offense to the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“Those guys fight every single play,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “I have been impressed with the way those guys have played.”

The Broncos gave up their fewest amount of points on the season in the victory.

“It feels we are getting better,” junior cornerback Donte Deayon said. “Each week we tell ourselves that we want to be better than we were last week.”

Boise State was able to do this by once again shutting down the run. The Broncos held the Ragin’ Cajuns to just 67 yards.

“We are playing so much faster and physical,” senior linebacker Blake Renaud said. “Everyone is just doing their job.”

The Broncos have not given up 100 yards on the ground yet this season. This is their longest streak since 2006.

“We take pride in it,” Renaud said. “We really want to show that we can stop the running game.”

It wasn’t just the run defense that stepped up for the Broncos as the secondary once again had another big game.

They held Louisiana- Lafayette to just 174 yards through the air and the Ragin’ Cajuns were only able to complete 53 percent of their passes.

“We just wanted to limit the explosive plays, play tight coverage and make them earn everything they got,” Deayon said.

Perhaps the biggest defensive play of the game was the late game interception by Deayon giving him one the past two games.

“It was impressive and it was another big play,” Harsin said. “That’s two weeks in a row that we have had big plays from Donte.”

This defense has been one of the best in recent memory and perhaps the best is yet to come for the Broncos.

“I feel we are starting to get a rhythm and it’s only going to get better from here on out,” Renaud said.

The Broncos will look to continue their defensive streak when visit Air Force next week.

Stay up to date on campus news at Catch Arbiter Minute broadcasts in the Student Union Building throughout the semester and online. New videos are released every Monday and Thursday throughout the semester.

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Stay up to date on campus news at Catch Arbiter Minute broadcasts in the Student Union Building throughout the semester and online. New videos are released every Monday and Thursday throughout the semester.

Featuring Brandon Walton

Directed by Farzan Faramarzi

Edited by Farzan Faramarzi

© Boise State Student Media 2014

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Boise State's partnership with Learfield Sports has brought in $10 million in revenue since 2010.

Historically, Boise State homecoming games have yielded success for the football program. Since 2010 the Broncos are undefeated in homecoming games, and attendance ratings for those games are higher than the season average.

 It’s no secret that the athletic department has struggled to sell tickets in the post-Kellen Moore era.

 Season ticket sales last season dipped down to 22,416, and the numbers for this year have yet to reach that mark.

Homecoming games have been the redeeming factor for Boise State athletics, however.

The last five homecoming opponents (UC Davis, Toledo, Air Force UNLV and Southern Mississippi) combining for a record of 24-38 in the season they faced the Broncos, only UC Davis in 2009 had a lower attendance than the season average for that year.

Boise State outscored those opponents 245-77.

This year’s homecoming game is also the earliest in the season homecoming has been during that five year span.

According to Campus Programs Coordinator Erin Mahn, this has caused Homecoming Week to flow with Bronco Welcome.

“It’s a little bit more hectic, but it’s really just flowed together with the start of the school year,” Mahn said. “It makes everything run a little faster.”

The past five homecoming games for the Broncos have another similarity however: all were against one of the weakest opponents on the schedule.

A spokesperson for the Alumni Center could not be reached to explain how the homecoming date is selected, but assistant athletic director of media relations Max Corbet told The Arbiter via email that the athletic department has some input in selecting the homecoming date.

There are several possibilities to why homecoming games coincide with the Broncos’ weakest opponent.

If there is the possibility that there will be difficulty to fill Albertsons Stadium, homecoming can be used as a draw to bring in those fans who don’t want to see a blowout.

Another possible reason for this pattern is few alumni would want to make the trek back to Boise and end up seeing the Broncos lose.

According to athletic director Mark Coyle, the athletic department has begun working closely with the Alumni Center to get alumni more involved with the Broncos, and hopefully increase those ticket sales.

Coyle considers athletics to be the “elastic band” that keeps alumni involved with the school.

“How we kind of look at it is, how can we engage our students and get them involved so when you all graduate [you] still want to be a part of our program,” Coyle said.

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With homecoming week in full effect, Boise State students were given the rare chance to have their own shining moment on The Blue with the annual Toliet Bowl.

The Toilet Bowl is an intramural flag football tournament that has made its mark on the Boise State Homecoming Week.

Sigma Fly won the championship over Ms. Mogoo.

“It’s a lot of fun and it’s really cool great being out there,” sophomore construction management major Jake Farris said. “We as students don’t get many opportunity to do things like this.”

A team can have up to 20 players, but must have at least four men and four women.

The event consists of a 16 team single elimination tournament with games going all day.

“I like being outside and doing athletic events,” sophomore kinesiology major Jessica Ray said. “This was a great opportunity to be outside having fun in the sun.”

The Toliet Bowl is also one of the few opportunities students have to step foot on The Blue.

“I have never actually got to play on The Blue,” sophomore kinesiology major Jessica Raube said. “I was very excited to get to do that.”

The Toilet Bowl goes back longer than you would think. It was actually started in the 1950s by several fraternities on campus.

After a hiatus in the mid-80s, the Toilet Bowl was brought back in 1998 and has been the kickoff event of Homecoming Week ever since.

The Toilet Bowl is perhaps the most popular event of Homecoming Week with many students not only participating but coming out to watch the event as well.

“I heard this was a fun tradition and never took advantage of it until now,” senior graphic design major Hailey Vik said. “Since I am a senior I wanted to make sure I did this before I left.”

Students not only participate in the event, but run the event. Several former players volunteer their time as referees to make sure the tournament goes smoothly.

“It’s my second time being an official,” senior mathematics major Rodney Paguirigan said. “I played it my freshman and sophomore years and I am happy to helping out with this great event.”

Every team in the Toilet Bowl was pumped and ready to go in the hopes of coming away as the big winners.

“I am pretty confident in my team,” sophomore communication major Zach Cowen said. “We are going to stomp the competition.”

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After starting the season 3-1-2, the Broncos have struggles in their past seven games. The team is currently 4-6-3.

For the first time this season, the Boise State women’s soccer team was kept off of the scoreboard.

Despite taking 14 shots, the Broncos were only able to make two shots on target in a 2-0 loss to Northwest rival Gonzaga at Boas Soccer Complex on Monday.

The loss drops Boise State to 3-2-2 on the season.

Key to the Bulldogs’ defense was finding a way to stop Boise State junior Brooke Heidemann. Heidemann—last week’s National Player of the Week according to Disney Soccer and the National Soccer Coaches Association—only managed to get one shot off in 78 minutes of action.

Gonzaga (4-4-0) struck first in the 23rd minute with a goal from Tori Lee from 5 yards out of the net.

Despite having a 9-4 total shot advantage over the Bulldogs, Boise State was unable to score in the first half, and surrendered another goal to Heather Johnson only 76 seconds into the second half.

Boise State next will head down to Southern California to face Pepperdine and UC Irvine before going to Colorado with games against Air Force and Colorado College.

The Broncos’ next home game won’t be until Oct. 3 against Colorado State.

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Homecoming is a rare opportunity to return to campus for most Boise State alumni.  For head coach Bryan Harsin and half of the coaching staff, however, it is a reminder that they get to work in the same place where they spent their playing days.

Out of the 10 full-time football coaches, six spent their undergraduate careers at Boise State, and all but Scott Huff and Andy Avalos—the only holdovers from Chris Petersen’s staff—are returning to Boise State after stints outside of the Treasure Valley.

At the head of it all is the Boise man himself: Coach Harsin. Harsin is a native of Boise; he graduated from Capital High School in 1994 and was a quarterback for the Broncos from 1995-1999.

“We’re coming home,” Harsin said in a press release following his hiring as head coach. “(Boise State) is a special place built by special people.”

Harsin always dreamed of returning to Boise State after he left to become the co-offensive coordinator at Texas in 2011.

“One of the hardest decisions we ever made was leaving Boise,” Harsin said. “We did that so I could become a better coach, so I could one day have the opportunity to return as head coach—that day has arrived.”

After taking the head coaching job at Arkansas State in 2013, it was uncertain if Harsin would find the opportunity to become the head coach at Boise State. Many members of the Bronco community were positive that Petersen was in Boise for the long haul until Dec. 6, when Petersen announced he was leaving for Washington.

For many of the alumni coaching staff, nostalgia for their alma mater is synonymous with memories on The Blue.

“To be honest with you, it’s a little more emotional before the game,” Harsin said following Boise State’s win over the Rams. “Just being back on The Blue—that’s a special place.”

The Broncos got Harsin his first win as the Boise State head coach against Colorado State at home earlier this season.

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Emma Bates could possibly go down as Boise State's greatest athlete of all time.

There are two photos hanging on the wall of Boise State’s director of track and field and cross country coach Corey Ihmels’ office: Betsy Saina and Lisa Uhl, his two most decorated athletes from his home at
Iowa State.

After winning the NCAA title in the 10k this past summer, Emma Bates may have made her way onto her coach’s wall as well.

“I think we’re going to have to retire the cardinal and gold and put up some blue and orange,” Ihmels told The Arbiter back in July.

Bates, the most decorated athlete in Boise State history, enters her final season as a Bronco hungry to leave an even bigger mark on the record books.

More often than not, athletes become complacent after achieving their big goal. Once they have nothing else to strive for, they lose track of the process and are satisfied with their careers.

For Bates, however, her NCAA championship has only increased her belief in Ihmels’ process and her confidence that she is one of the best runners at the national level.

“It’s a lot of pressure for sure but that’s what keeps you going,” Bates said. “It kind of feeds you. You build off of that and use it to your advantage going into every race.

“I know I can improve on my times and get my team to where we want to go. That’s what keeps me going.”

Ihmels also believes that having a title to her name will only benefit Bates.

“I think for Emma that was the one thing that was missing for her—actually winning that title and being the best in the country,” Ihmels said. “I think for her she sees it as a stepping stone.”

The next step: improving Bates’s confidence, a part of Ihmels’ process for training distance runners. His process has led him to become one of the most successful distance coaches in collegiate history.

His process is founded in patience—nothing great will ever come overnight. The success of his athletes is based predominantly on sticking to a plan of hard work and doing things the right way.

“I think success breeds success,” Ihmels said. “I learned very early as a coach from one of my mentors to never hold back the women because they’re women.”

Bates is a fond practitioner of Ihmels’ process because, without it, she doesn’t believe she would be where she is at today.

As a senior at Elk River High School in Minnesota, Bates had modest personal bests—good enough to get her a shot at the collegiate level, but not Division I.

A connection with former Broncos coach Brad Wick, an Elk River native, brought her to Boise State. From there, Bates has exceeded practically every expectation she set for herself.

“I definitely never imagined I would win a national title coming out of high school,” Bates said. “I didn’t even know I would be competing at the DI level, let alone competing well. So, it was just pretty surreal to go into the season with a shot to win, and then to actually have it happen.”

Bates’ only focus as of now is on winning the NCAA title in cross country.

“I’m excited for what is in store this year,” Ihmels said. “But we go back to the process. We have to be patient and let the process take care of itself. “

The process has gotten her this far; who’s to say it won’t get her even farther.


Cross Country 
4K – 14:06.06
5K – 17:23.30
6K – 19:11

800m – 2:11.14
Mile – 4:42.49
3000m – 9:11.98
5000m – 15:50.78

800m – 2:13.69
1500m – 4:21.26 
5000m – 15:33.42
10000m – 32:20.83

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Boise State's Jonathan Moxey came up with a big interception that helped secured the win against UConn.

Nearly every facet of the Boise State football team has seen improvement since their season opening loss to Ole Miss in Atlanta. Saturday’s 38-21 win over UConn showed just how far the Broncos have come since they fell flat against the Rebels.

The win improved Boise State to 2-1 on the season. Here are five areas that Bronco fans should keep an eye on.

1. The defense is the strongest in the MW: Not since 2010, Justin Wilcox’s last year in the City of Trees, has the Boise State defense looked this good. The Broncos had their third straight game with two or more interceptions, one of which was returned 50 yards for a touchdown by Donte Deayon. Linebacker Tanner Vallejo added a 31-yard fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter.

2. Jay Ajayi is human: It appears all those touches are finally starting to take a toll on Jay Ajayi. Ajayi came into Saturday’s game averaging 229.5 yards of total offense per game—he exited Rentschler Field with 52 yards on 20 touches.

3. Grant Hedrick is finding his groove: After the utter embarrassment that was Ole Miss, quarterback Grant Hedrick is finally starting to get into the form many were expecting of him. Hedrick was smart with his decision making against the Huskies, and was a part of Boise State’s only three offensive touchdowns of the game.

4. The Broncos can close a game: In two games thus far this season, Boise State has been outscored 42-7 in the fourth quarter. That trend finally came to a screeching halt against UConn. Boise State achieved a 14-0 shutout in the fourth quarter led by a huge interception by Jonathan Moxely with 11:26 remaining in the game and the scoreboard reading 24-21 in favor of the Broncos.

5. Tight ends are finally a part of the offense: Tight ends Jake Roh and Holden Huff combined for 77 yards on five catches. The Broncos’ best tight end from last season, Jake Hardee, finished the season with 73 yards on five receptions. Bryan Harsin’s goal was to get the tight ends more involved in the offense this season, and it appears his goal is beginning to become a reality.

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Yazia Rodriguez Ortego spent this summer playing with the Spanish U-20 national team at the European Championships.

Boise State women’s basketball point guard Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego had the rare opportunity to represent her country this past summer. 

She was part of the Spanish national Under-20 team this summer.

“It’s always a cool experience to represent your country,” Rodriguez Ortego said.

Rodriguez Ortego, the reigning MW Freshman of the Year had an opportunity to play exclusively in Spain coming out of high school, but she chose instead to come to Boise State.

“When I was in Spain I had two options, either play professionally or come to the United States,” Rodriguez Ortgo said. “It is really hard to play over there and I wanted to study engineering and play basketball.  I decided to come to Boise because I liked the program.”

Rodriguez Ortego has been playing international ball since she was 12. Last season she competed for both the U-18 and U-19 Spain national teams.

She left for Spain at the end of May where her team participated in a few tournaments before leaving for Italy for the U-20 European Championships.

While in Europe, Rodriguez Ortgo had to get used to playing the European style of basketball, which tends to be more pass and shoot oriented as opposed to the physical style of American basketball.

“It was difficult at the beginning,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “Basketball there and basketball here are different as they both have different concepts. The roles I had on both teams are different. Here I can score more but over there my role is to assist more.”

Rodriguez Ortego still prefers the American style of basketball, but she is glad she is playing internationally as well.

“It will make me a more well-rounded player because I will have the tools from everything that I have learned,” Rodriguez Ortego said.

Her team ended up making it to the finals where they lost to France in overtime.

“It was exciting to be in the final because all my teammates had never been to the finals before and this was their last chance,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “I was really happy for them.”

Playing basketball though wasn’t the only thing Rodriguez Ortego got to do, as she was able to visit her family.

“I hadn’t seen my family in four years,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “When I got to see them it was just so exciting and they made me a big dinner.”

While Rodriguez Ortego was happy to see her family and play for her  country ,she also missed her Bronco teammates that had become her new family.

“I was still talking to them,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “When I was over there I really missed the people here and I couldn’t wait to come back.”

Rodriguez Ortego is hoping her experience and play on the national team will translate into a big-time season for the Broncos this year.

“Everything I did with the international team I am going to bring over here,” Rodriguez Ortego said. “This season I have a lot more confidence in myself and I want to help my team win.”

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Boise State was able to cash in on their loss against Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game.

he opening week of college football saw large payouts to Division I-AA programs and even more lucrative payouts to teams playing neutral site games.

According to a report from ESPN, over $12.9 million was paid to smaller budget programs such as Appalachian State and North Dakota State in “guarantee” games during week one.

Guarantee games are games for which larger Division I schools invite smaller budget programs for a single home game, almost guaranteeing a win for the larger school.

Not all guarantee games end in a win for the home team, however. Appalachian State famously defeated Michigan in 2007, while North Dakota State toppled Kansas State last season.

There are several benefits for smaller schools that agree to play in gurantee games. Their players and coaches get a rare chance at television exposure, and their athletic departments usually receive large payments in return.

Appalachian State and Florida Atlantic received the largest payouts at $1 million apiece during week one. North Dakota State received $350,000 for playing Iowa State.

Appalachian State’s bid for a second victory over the Wolverines in the Big House failed with Michigan handily defeating the Mountaineers, 52-14. Nebraska had an even easier victory over FAU, 55-7.

The Bison pulled off their fifth straight upset win over an FBS team, beating the Cyclones 34-14.

Boise State, on the other hand, has found a different strategy.

Since winning the Fiesta Bowl in 2007, the Broncos have participated in only four guarantee games: 2007 against Weber State, 2008 against Idaho State, 2009 against UC Davis and 2013 against Tennessee-Martin.

The cost of Boise State’s 63-14 win over Tennessee-Martin was $425,000 according to Max Corbet, the assistant athletic director of communications for the Broncos.

Instead of losing money on guarantee games, Boise State has played in neutral site games as part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff series.

The Broncos have competed in two Chick-fil-A Kickoff games: a 2011 win over Georgia and a loss this season to Ole Miss.

Boise State received a total payment of $1.1 million from the Ole Miss game.

That payment goes into the athletic department’s general revenue Corbet told The Arbiter in an email.

The general revenue account is used by the entire athletic department.

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Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin knows the Broncos are going to have to play better in the 4th quarter to be successful this season.

Boise State football may have notched their first win of the season but a troubling development has arisen.

Through the first two games of the season the Broncos have been unable to finish the fourth quarter.

Head coach Bryan Harsin takes the Broncos struggles in the fourth quarter very seriously.

“I am not happy about it,” Harsin said. “We have to be able to get off the field.”

In their opener against Ole Miss the Broncos were outscored 28-7 in the fourth quarter. Last week against Colorado State the Broncos gave up over 200 yards in total offense during the fourth quarter. That was nearly half of the total yards the Rams had for the entire game.

“It’s too many plays and it’s too many yards,” Harsin said. “We have got to improve in the fourth quarter.”

This season, the Broncos defense has jumped out early in games with big stops but then faded as the game has gone on.

“There is no such thing as a great half of football,” Harsin said. “It’s a whole entire game.”

While the effort has been there, the Broncos have not been able to figure out how to truly close a game out.

“I don’t think they are not trying to finish or not trying to play the fourth quarter,” Harsin said. “It’s a matter of mentality.”

If Boise State is not careful this trend could really come to haunt them this season.

“There have been a lot of teams  already this season that have come out in the second half and made a difference,” Harsin said.

The Broncos will be looking to buck this trend when they head on the road this weekend against Connecticut.

“The fourth quarter is going to be a theme,” Harsin said. “It’s something we have to deal with until we prove otherwise.”

Kick off is at 10:00 a.m. and can be seen on ABC locally, and ESPN 2 nationally. 

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Walton's Wisdom is a sports column written by the assistant Sports & Rec editor and self-proclaimed sports wizard Brandon Walton
Walton’s Wisdom is a sports column written by assistant Sports & Rec editor and self-proclaimed sports wizard Brandon Walton.

More than anything else our university is known for our blue turf and our football program, so it’s easy to forget about all our other athletic programs we have going in the fall.

It’s sad because many of these programs have really taken off as of late and could be in store for their best seasons yet.

Coach Jim Thomas has turned the soccer program around in his short time here as last year he led the Broncos to their first 13-win season since 2009.

Swimming and diving had one of their best seasons in recent memory last season as the Broncos won the Mountain West championship for the second time and sent six people to nationals.

The volleyball team comes into the season with a lot of experience as they only lost two players from last year’s team.

Finally, both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams are coming off spectacular seasons. The person to watch is senior Emma Bates. She is coming off a  runner up finish at the NCAA National Championships.

While we all love watching our beloved Broncos on The Blue please remember we have a lot of other great athletes here at our university. So take the time and go out and support them. Our school is much more than football.