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Coach Harsin On Boise State Football's Postponed Season

Kyle Green
Courtesy Idaho Statesman
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Boise State fall sports, along with the rest of the schools in the Mountain West Conference, have been postponed indefinitely, including Bronco football.

Coach Bryan Harsin said everyone in the program was disappointed to hear the news Monday.

He says he asked Mountain West officials if Boise State could organize games outside the conference. But he quickly backed off the idea, saying player safety is priority number one.

“Would I like to do that? Sure, but at the end of the day and you have the conversation of why we did what we did, that ended right there," Harsin said.

It’s unclear whether fall sports in the Mountain West Conference will be revived later this year or in the spring.

The NBA has been playing games in a bubble in Orlando where teams and league staff who enter are strictly regulated. When asked if he thought a similar model might work for college athletics, Harsin shot down the idea.

 

“That’s not going to happen, and not just with Boise State. That’s not going to happen anywhere,” he said.

 

Bronco football is the lifeblood of Boise State athletics. It brings in millions of dollars in profit, which helps offset operating losses by other sports.

 

The Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences also postponed cancelled fall sports earlier Tuesday, hoping to play football in the spring.

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