“News, Notes and Tidbits From Bronco Athletics” 

May 7, 2009 

Bronco Athletics enters a summer for the first time in a number of years without backhoes, cranes and construction trailers intermixed throughout the facilities.  With the building of the Caven-Williams Sports Complex, Stueckle Sky Center and remodeling projects in the Nicholson-Yankee Varsity Center, the athletic facilities received a facelift over the past three years.  The next hopeful construction project on the docket is the new basketball locker room facility, which would be located near the Appleton Tennis Courts and entrance 3 of Taco Bell Arena. For more on the new basketball locker room facility, click here.

Head football coach Chris Petersen and Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier are in Arizona this week, attending WAC meetings held in conjunction with the Fiesta Bowl “Frolic” event.  For Bleymaier, it is part of whirlwind east coast-west coast travel schedule, as he appeared in Washington D.C. and in front of Congress last Friday, before heading to Phoenix.  An ironic situation, where he debated on Friday the effect of the BCS system on teams like Boise State, before spending this week in Arizona with many of the bowl representatives and fellow university athletic directors.

The cat is out of the bag so to speak.  The Bronco football team will be wearing new uniforms for the 2009 season, and rumor has it the new look will spark some interest.  Stay tuned to for the first place you’ll get to see photos and renderings of the new uniforms in early-June.

Kyle Wilson and Richie Brockel have been named the 2009 season long team captains for Bronco football.  Selections that make complete and total sense considering both are entering their fifth seasons on the team and fourth as major contributors.  Wilson and Brockel are two of just five seniors on this year’s squad.  The other three are Andy Silsby, Garcia Day and Michael Choate. 

Wilson and Brockel were members of the very small 11 member 2005 recruiting class.  Two give an idea of Brockel and Wilson’s path from 2005 to 2009, of the other nine in that class, two members left early for the NFL Draft (Orlando Scandrick and Jeremy Childs), one was a JC transfer (Dennis Ellis), two exhausted their playing eligibility with the Broncos (Ben Iannacchione and Paul Lucariello), three left the program (Aiona Key, Tristan Patin and Nick Lomax) and one did not end up enrolling at Boise State (Nathan Thomas).

Several other Boise State teams are making a habit of consecutive championships or NCAA post-season appearances.  Football has seven straight bowl appearances and six WAC titles in seven years.  Men’s tennis has made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances.  Women’s tennis has made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.  The Bronco wrestling team has won back-to-back Pac-10 titles and five league championships in the past 10 years.  Bronco gymnastics has captured two straight WAC team titles.  And, the Boise State men’s track and field program has won six WAC championships in the past 6 years (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009 Indoor Champions and 2006 and 2008 Outdoor Champions).

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