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The Boise State gymnastics team is sending two members to the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics National Championships this weekend. Despite not qualifying as a team, the Broncos are sending juniors Ciera Perkins and Kelsey Morris to the biggest stage of collegiate gymnastics. “I’m excited. We are going against teams we haven’t competed against and girls we haven’t seen before,” Perkins said. “I’m just excited to go out there and show people who Boise State is and show them we have amazing talent and we can go to nationals next year.” Both Perkins and Morris won their respective events to qualify for ...

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With most coaching changes, many fans expect the transition to be quick, seamless and yield immediate results. Boise State fell far short of its Spring Game attendance goal of 20,000, as only 13,822 filled the stands. Unfortunately, Saturday’s Spring Game offered a dose of reality to many Boise State fans expecting to see the full of extent of Bryan Harsin’s return to the glory days of Bronco football. The annual Blue and Orange Spring Game saw both the offense and defense struggle during the game, with the first stringers pulling out a 21-7 win over the second team. While the ...

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One of the first things on Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin’s mind appears to be showing appreciation.  The opportunity to return to Boise State, his hometown school and alma mater, has not been an opportunity Harsin has taken lightly. Harsin opened up April 5 scrimmage up to members of the Boise State faculty and students and spoke before the scrimmage of his appreciation of support the university and students have provided for his student-athletes. The scrimmage would not be the only thing Harsin opened up to the university — two and a half hours before the scrimmage began, ...

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There will be no need for Boise State to begin a search to replace its second major head coach this year after the university reached an agreement with head coach Leon Rice to remain at the school for the next five seasons. Sunday afternoon Rice made the decision to remove his name from the coaching search at his alma mater Washington State and stay with Boise State. Rice recently interviewed with the Cougars earlier this week to replace Ken Bone who was fired following a 10-21 record this past season. Washington State director of athletics Bill Moos was willing to ...

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A taste of the NCAA Championships, albeit a first round loss in singles, has only left Andy Bettles hungry for more. Individual success and a shot at redemption in singles is not what drives Bettles through his final year as a member of the men’s tennis team; Bettles is instead motivated by the chance of making program history in the team competition. The irony of the matter is that Bettles is the driving force for a team currently ranked No. 19 in the nation. In matches against Virginia Commonwealth and Clemson this spring, the Broncos found themselves down several matches before ...

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The Broncos have had a successful season in their 2013-2014 campaign and it continued with a win over Air Force at Taco Bell Arena last Friday night. The Broncos fought hard and pulled ahead early in the first half, ending the game with a score of 75-44. Miquelle Askew, sophomore forward, helped lead her team to their final home victory putting up 17 points shooting 8-of-11 from the floor and getting the team high of seven rebounds. “Obviously I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” Askew said. “It’s not like I don’t bring the ball down. Without them, I don’t ...

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Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin held an hour long press conference where he spoke to the local media on March 6 to preview the Bronco’s upcoming spring practice. Below are highlights from Harsin’s first spring press conference as Boise State’s head coach. – Harsin opened up by speaking about former Bronco defensive lineman Randy Trautman, who passed away on March 3 at the age of 53. Harsin spoke highly of the former walk-on from Caldwell who helped lead Boise State to the 1980 NCAA Division 1- AA Championship. Trautman is the only Bronco enshrined in the College Football ...

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Sophomore Kayla Reinhart stepped up for her team when they needed her the most. “I was really proud of her stepping up. She is a very good player and a great kid,” head coach Gordy Presnell said. “We are lucky to have her.” She played a vital role in the Broncos’ 72-59 home victory over the Wyoming Cowgirls. “It feels really good coming off the loss to Fresno— that was a tough one,” Reinhart said. “It’s really exciting getting this win and holding our position in the Mountain West standings right now.” Reinhart started in place of fellow sophomore Lexie ...

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In a thrilling overtime victory that ended in a somewhat controversial call, senior forward Ryan Watkins helped to seal the deal for the Broncos with another double-double performance, his 13th of the season. Watkins’ night was overshadowed by Derrick Marks’ overtime brilliance but in no way was his performance anything less than spectacular. Watkins finished the game with 22 points, 15 rebounds on 9-13 shooting. “We know now, no matter how much we’re down we can still come back,” Watkins said. “We just know we got to keep fighting and that’s what we did.” Watkins was held his own against ...

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If all goes according to the way The Corral has planned, then UNLV may wish they could wear earplugs during Saturday’s crucial Mountain West game against Boise State. The Corral, the official student section of Boise State, has spent the past week making a large push to reach their goal of 3,000 students in attendance for Saturday’s game. Dubbed Project 3K, if 3,000 students are in attendance, it will shatter the Boise State student attendance record of 2,408 set earlier this year against San Diego State. The Broncos lost that game 67-65. Taco Bell Arena has averaged 1,084 students in ...

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Rivalries are what make sports truly great. The Boise State wrestling team will take on their biggest rival tomorrow night when they host conference foe Oregon State. “They are our biggest rival and we have been able to match up with them really well in the past,” head coach Greg Randall said. Many people know about the football team’s rivalry with the Beavers but not many know of the heated rivalry between the two wrestling teams. “They are our rivals,” heavyweight J.T. Felix said. “Honestly we can’t stand them and they can’t stand us.” Both Boise State and Oregon State ...

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During the era of head coach Leon Rice, Boise State basketball has become one defined by perimeter shooting. With long range specialists like senior guard Jeff Elorriaga, and versatile guards like junior Anthony Drmic, the Broncos have dominated three-point efficiency. Heading into this season, the Broncos were the only team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament to return all five starters to their squad. With expectations for another clinical season from beyond the arc, it has been the Boise State posts who have stolen the spotlight, specifically senior forward Ryan Watkins and freshman forward Nick Duncan. Standing at 6-foot-9, 229 pounds, ...

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Months of training without a regular season race finally came to an end when Boise State’s track and field teams opened the 2014 indoor season this past weekend with six titles between both the men and women at the New Balance Jacksons Invite.  Boise State Director of Track and Field Corey Ihmels believes the Broncos showing at the Jacksons Invite was a good start, but knows there is still work to be done. “It was a good start and I thought we had some positive things happen,” Ihmels said. “Obviously with the positives you have a few things that don’t ...

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Senior  forward Ryan Watkins is becoming the most dominant force for the Broncos this season. “I try to do my best to be a leader and set a good example because I have been here for a while,” Watkins said. Watkins led the Broncos in their 76-55 home win over San Jose State last Saturday afternoon, with his ninth double double performance on the season, racking up 18 points and 16 rebounds. “Ryan just shows up for work, puts his lunch pail in his locker, puts his hard hat on, and puts it out there and goes out and gets ...

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Top 5 football stories from the break 1.  Southwick - The winter break began with scandal in Hawaii as redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick was sent home after less than 24 hours on the island. Southwick was accused of urinating off a hotel room balcony on pedestrians. When he returned to Boise, Southwick approached KTVB and gave an exclusive interview, producing lie detector tests in an attempt to prove his innocence in the ordeal. The story has since lost momentum and no new developments have surfaced. 2.  Dylan Sumner-Gardner Just over a month on the job and head coach Bryan ...

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Friday night marked the 12th annual Beauty and the Beast event where one team had a great night while the other struggled. The event saw the gymnastics team continue their early success with wins over ranked opponents no. 14 Denver and no. 23 BYU which improved the Broncos to 4-1 on the season. Boise State had great performances overall and were led by junior Kelsey Morris who took the all around title with wins in the uneven bars and the floor exercise. The Broncos came into the event ranked just outside the top 10 at no. 11 and are looking ...

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Chris Petersen made the move to Seattle, Wash. to coach the Washington Huskies in the Pac-12 on  Dec 6, 2013. Just one week later, Boise State introduced their new head coach for the future, Bryan Harsin. “I think I can make an argument that this is one of the most daunting assigments of any Division I football program in the country, to find a new coach,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. Harsin, who was the offensive coordinator under Petersen for four seasons at Boise State, returned to The Blue after two seasons as the offensive coordinator at the University ...

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Red-shirt junior cross country star Emma Bates is perhaps the best athlete on campus. Bates became the first Bronco cross country member to win a conference title in six years. She was also the first Bronco to win a regional  cross country championship and was the national runner-up at the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Championship—the highest place of any cross country runner in school history. “I was hoping for a great season but I never thought it would be this good,” Bates said. The Minnesota native has been doing cross country for quite some time now. “As a ...

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The Boise State men’s basketball team will play arguably the most high profile matchup in conference history when the Broncos travel to legendary Rupp Arena to take on No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday.   “Out of all of my years of coaching, I think it’s going to be the most athletic top to bottom team I have ever coached against,” head coach Leon Rice said.   Those are big words coming from a man who was an assistant coach at Gonzaga from 1998-2010 – when the Bulldogs consistently played well against top ranked teams like North Carolina and Michigan State. ...

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By Emily Pehrson and Michael Steen @Emily Pehrson ~ @MichaelSteen2 3:30 CBS Sports’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Petersen signed a five year deal that will pay him $3.6 million annually to coach the Huskies. His new salary will make Petersen the highest paid coach in the Pac-12. According to a report by USA Today, Lane Kiffin was the highest paid coach in the Pac-12 before he was fired on Sept. 29. The next highest paid coach was University of Washington’s Steve Sarkisian who was paid $2,575,000. Because Stanford is a private school they are not required to release David Shaw’s salary ...

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The Boise State wrestling team has had tremendous success over the years and has turned themselves into one of the top wrestling programs in the country. “There is no doubt that we get overshadowed,” head coach Greg Randall said. “But the people who follow wrestling know we have a good program.” Since 2000 the Broncos have won seven Pac 10 conference championships, have been a staple in the top 25 every year. They also have six top 25 finishes in the NCAA national championships. The Broncos opened their first match of the season last Friday night at home when they ...

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The Boise State women’s basketball team added some new faces to the roster for the 2013-2014 season. One of these was Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego, a 5-foot-5 freshman guard from Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain. Rodriguez is one of three international players on the Boise State squad. The Spanish native played for Spain’s youth national team program for four years. She also helped Spain to a fourth place finish at the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championship this past summer. “My job there was the defense.” Rodriguez said. “It was a great experience and helped me to make my defense much better.” Rodriguez ...

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All three of Boise State’s losses this season have shared a common theme — the defense being unable to slow down a stellar offense led by superb quarterback play. Against Washington in the dreadful season opener, the Broncos gave up 592 total yards of offense—324 of which came by the arm of Husky quarterback Keith Price. Quarterbacks Derek Carr and Taysom Hill, of Fresno State and BYU respectively, torched Boise State in losses on the road. The Broncos (6-3, 4-1)  will again be tested by Wyoming (4-5, 2-3) this Saturday at Bronco Stadium. The resurgent Cowboys are ranked in the ...

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The Boise State men’s basketball team tips off their regular season on Friday, Nov. 8 at Taco Bell Arena against the University of Texas at Arlington. The Broncos are coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent history. The Broncos captured their first NCAA Tournament at-large bid in school history last year, qualifying as a 13-seed before losing in the First Four against La Salle University. Now in 2013, the Broncos return all five starters and there is the more hype and buzz surrounding the program than ever during head coach Leon Rice’s four-year tenure in Boise. All ...

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Junior Emma Bates became the first Bronco to place first in the NCAA West Region Cross Country race on Friday, Nov. 15. With her win, Bates qualified for the NCAA National Championships. Bates is the first Bronco woman to qualify for the national meet since Abby Peters in 1999. Bates’s ran the 6-kilometer course at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in 19:11. She not only clinched the victory but  also beat her personal best for the 6-kilometer race by 58 seconds. Bates beat the second place runner, Shelby Houlihan from Arizona State, by three seconds. Also qualifying for nationals is senior ...

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