NewsSports & Rec

BREAKING: Boise State football team decides to forgo bowl game

Photo by Mackenzie Hudson

Interim Director of Athletics Bob Carney and Head Coach Bryan Harsin announced on Dec. 20 that the Boise State football team will not participate in a bowl game this season.

The night prior, the team lost 34-20 to the San Jose Spartans in the Mountain West Championship

According to Harsin, the captains, coaches and team met this morning to discuss that it was in the best interest of the program and the well-being of the student-athletes to forgo a bowl game this year.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for our student-athletes to consider. Our team represents a great group of competitors, and all of us want to compete at the highest levels,” Carney said. “Our focus over the last week was on the Mountain West Championship Game. In regards to this decision, we wanted to give our team captains a chance to speak with all our student-athletes before taking any action on the postseason.”

Team captains Khalil Shakir, Riley Whimpey and Avery Williams said that this was a team decision and it was what felt best for everyone physically, emotionally and mentally. Due to COVID-19, their focus is to stay healthy and focus on the 2021 season.

“These young men have been through a lot this season,” Harsin said. “COVID protocols required them to be away from their families for most of the season, and they understandably want to go home and be with their families for the holidays. When they return to campus, we will begin preparations for a championship season in 2021.”

[Photo of Boise State football players in their game against BYU]
Photo by Mackenzie Hudson | The Arbiter
Related posts

The Arbiter and Student Media take home several awards at Idaho Press Club 2021 Awards, including first place in Student General Excellence

The Idaho Press Club is a statewide association consisting of journalists and media personnel that…
Read more
Bronco SportsSports & Rec

College athletes face both opportunities and challenges with NCAA’s additional year of eligibility

College athletics has changed tremendously over the past two years as a result of COVID. With many…
Read more
FootballSports & Rec

Boise State football to bring back famous "throwback" logo

Boise State has always been an institution that prides themselves on their “Blue Collar”…
Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *