Boise State Football Banned From Wearing All-Blue Uniforms For Home Games

July 28, 2011 / Football
Huffington Post, Dan Treadway


College football is a sport of pageantry and traditions. Among these long traditions include “dotting the i” at Ohio State, rubbing Howard’s rock at Clemson, and losing at Duke.

In recent years another signature college football tradition has emerged: Boise State’s Blue ’Smurf’ Turf.

Watching the team play opponents on blue turf in blue uniforms is certainly a site to behold, but some, such as San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long, feel it gives the Bronco’s an unfair advantage.

“I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf,” he told the Idaho Statesmen in April. “I think it’s unfair. People think I’m crazy when I say this, but other coaches say the same thing.”

It appears Long’s sentiments have been heeded, as this season Boise State, who will be playing as a member of the Mountain West conference for the first time, has been told that blue uniforms on blue turf is a no-go for conference games.

MWC commissioner Craig Thompson explained the decision to KBOI2.

“It started obviously at the coaches level, and then the [Athletic Directors] discussed it and ultimately the board of directors said that is apart of the membership agreement,” Thompson said.

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