With the close of the school year and my time at the Arbiter, so too comes the close of one of the most intriguing years in Boise State athletics that I can ever remember. From football to basketball, tennis and golf, it’s been a wild year for Bronco sports.
I’ve never heard so many fans call for a quarterback’s head since Jared Zabransky folded like a lawn chair at Georgia back in 2005, than when Joe Southwick had one of his worst offensive performances on the road against Washington. The Broncos failed to score an offensive touchdown against the Huskies and Southwick and former offensive coordinator Robert Prince were in hot water all season long.
Bronco nation got its wish, probably not in the way they imagined, when Southwick went down with a broken ankle against Nevada and the dual threat, Grant Hedrick, relieved him for the rest of the season.
Southwick relieved himself off a hotel balcony in Hawaii.
Now they hype is higher than ever with a new head coach with more promotion enthusiasm than Will Ferrell’s character, Jackie Moon. Fans love Harsin now, but we’ll see where their true loyalty lies if he struggles the first few seasons.
On the hardwood, men’s basketball was the only team from the 2013 NCAA Tournament to return all five starters for the 2013-2014 season. With the Broncos on the cusp of cracking the top-25 after an 8-0 start, the offensive struggles hit the Broncos for the remainder of the season. They finished
21-13 (8-9 MW) with late game struggles several times in conference play
The bright spot of the season was senior forward Ryan Watkins, who ranked sixth in the nation with 10.6 rebounds per game and led the nation in offensive rebounds per game with 5.0 per contest.
Watkins was also the first player in MW history to pull down over 200 rebounds and score over 200 points in conference play. Just enough to earn him a second team All-Mountain West spot, arguably a bigger snub than Leonardo DiCaprio at the Oscars this year (still bitter over here).
With men’s tennis at the NCAA Championships this past weekend, gymnastics sending multiple gymnasts to the NCAA Championships,
and swimming doing the same, it’s been an up and down season for Boise State athletics across the board this year.
It’s been great covering athletics for the last couple years, and Bronco sports are getting more intriguing each year.