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Optimist Youth Football has been going strong since 1949 in Boise’s North End when 44 boys got together to play. Since then, more than 50,000 children have played in the program. For parents, the question is how do you keep your kids safe while playing football? Doctors in sports medicine and optimist youth football work to try and keep kiddos injury-free during the sport.

  • Salmon and dam removal.
  • Keeping kids safe while playing football.
  • Coping with back-to-school anxiety.
  • Conservation dogs find quagga mussels.
  • Girl Boy Scout numbers on the rise in Wyoming.

For the first time since 2014, the Broncos are Mountain West football champions. On Saturday, December 2, Boise State beat Fresno State 17 to 14 at Albertsons Stadium.

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Officials in southwestern Idaho say a high school football field that had construction delays will be ready for Friday's home opener.

The West Ada School District tells the Idaho Statesman that the $600,000 field at Eagle High School will be ready for the team's game against defending state champion Mountain View.

A company called Sprinturf delayed installing artificial turf amid concerns the gravel base supporting the field was too soft.

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The Idaho State Board of Education says ticketed fans will no longer be allowed to purchase alcohol at college football games.

Board members rejected requests on Thursday to continue allowing alcohol sales at Boise State University and University of Idaho football games for the upcoming playing season.

Alcohol sales at football games were tentatively permitted by the board last year. Before, alcohol service was only approved for corporate sponsors and their guests.

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University of Idaho's football team will leave the Sun Belt Conference after the 2017 season.

The conference announced Tuesday that it is dropping the Vandals.

UI President Chuck Staben says he is disappointed by the Sun Belt's decision. Officials for the university say the school will decide whether to play an independent schedule or accept an invitation from the Big Sky Conference for the 2018 season.

UI has struggled for years to find a permanent conference home in the FBS ranks.

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Later this week, the Boise State football team will play its annual spring scrimmage. The Broncos are three months removed from their third win in the Fiesta Bowl. Immediately after that game, university President Bob Kustra told a KTVB-TV reporter the victory would have a positive impact on the school.

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Boise State University football coach Bryan Harsin has a new contract that pays him $6.25 million over five years.

The Idaho State Board or Education on Thursday approved the deal for Harsin who in his first season last year guided the Broncos to a 12-2 record and a Fiesta Bowl win.

The new deal replaces a previous contract that awarded Harsin a one-year extension for winning nine or more games.

The new agreement awards a one-year extension for eight or more wins.

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An Idaho State University study has found most high school football players are wearing helmets that don't fit and aren't property maintaining the inflatable lining inside their helmets.

The University’s research finds nearly 98 percent of its participants played football in a helmet that required regular inflation of the liner, 43 percent of those respondents said they’ve never re-inflated their helmet liners.

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So far, Boise State has sold just over 22,000 tickets for Saturday's Mountain West Championship football game with Fresno State. That’s about 14,000 short of a sellout.

Max Corbett works in the university's sports information office. He says that’s fewer ticket sales than he’d like. But Corbett says it’s the first time the school has hosted a championship game with just one week’s notice.

College of Idaho

There's been a buzz around the College of Idaho campus this week that hasn't existed there since the 1970s. 

Last weekend the school played - and won - its first football game since 1977. The Yotes beat Pacific University 35-34. College of Idaho plays its first home game Saturday afternoon against Montana Western at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell. 

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Boise State University says it has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the American Athletic Conference as a negotiated exit fee, ending long-running litigation.

In 2011, Boise State had planned to become a football-only member of the Big East conference, as it was called then. But after the conference broke apart Boise State chose to keep most of its sports teams in the Mountain West Conference.

Boise State's negotiated exit fee to the American Athletic Conference means both parties have agreed to drop their lawsuits.

"This program is an encore and was originally broadcast in November of 2013"

“Iron Mike” Webster was one of the most revered and beloved Pittsburgh Steelers of all time. The Hall of Fame center was a tough, hardworking and disciplined player who gave everything he had to football.

But after retiring from the NFL in 1990, he suffered a severe decline in both physical and mental health. When he died 12 years later at age 50, his body made one of its most significant contributions to the sport, and to the fellow players he loved.

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Boise State University

Boise State University has announced a $12.5 million, 15-year deal to change the name of the school's blue-turf football stadium from Bronco Stadium to Albertsons Stadium.

School President Bob Kustra made the announcement Wednesday morning at the stadium along with Albertsons CEO Bob Miller.

Miller says he can't wait for the first football game of the season when the stadium will be adorned with the new name.

The stadium is notable for its blue turf where the Boise State Broncos play.

Bryan Harsin
Boise State University

Bryan Harsin was formally introduced as the new head football coach of Boise State’s Broncos Friday. The 37-year-old has a long history with the Broncos. He was a quarterback for the team in the late 1990s and was then an assistant coach from 2001 to 2010. Harsin was also an offensive coordinator under former head coach Chris Peterson from 2006 to 2010.

“It feels great to be home,” Harsin told the crowd at a press conference Friday. “It’s truly a privilege and an honor to stand here before you today as the next head coach of Boise State.”

Bryan Harsin
Boise State University

Update 9:55 a.m.: Boise State has hired a 37-year-old former assistant to be its next head coach.  Bryan Harsin will leave Arkansas State to be the next Bronco head coach. 

Harsin is a Boise native who was a BSU quarterback in the late 1990s. He then served as an assistant coach from 2001 to 2010.  Harsin was an offensive coordinator under former head coach Chris Petersen from 2006 to 2010.

University of Washington

Former Boise State football coach Chris Petersen spoke for the first time Monday about his decision to leave Boise for the University of Washington.

The crowd chanted Petersen’s name as a press conference got underway in Seattle. Petersen began by thanking Boise State, the Broncos, fans and everyone who’s helped him reach this point.

“People keep asking me ‘Why now? You’ve been in Boise for so long.’ Two things keep coming to mind: timing and fit,” Petersen explained.  

Chris Petersen
University of Washington

The University of Washington has announced Chris Petersen will be the school’s next head football coach. Petersen leaves Boise State after 13 years, eight of which he served as head coach.

Washington made the announcement official Friday morning with a news release. 

"On behalf of the University of Washington and the entire Husky Nation, I am proud to welcome Chris Petersen as our new head football coach," Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said.

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Update, 12:17 p.m.:  ESPN is now reporting University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has accepted the USC job.

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It’s easy to hear the pride in Randy Jewett’s voice when he talks about his school’s football heritage. He stands in Camas County High School in Fairfield, and points to class pictures that line the main hallway. He says in the 1970s, the Mushers were regulars in the state championship. 

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The family of a northern Idaho teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game is suing the school district and the maker of the football helmet.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that Robert Clark II and Julie Clark filed the lawsuit in September on behalf of Robert "Bobby" Norman Clark III.

The lawsuit names the West Bonner County School District and helmet maker Riddell.

The lawsuit contends Bobby Clark was injured on Sept. 30, 2011, while a lineman for the Priest River Lamanna High School Spartans.

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A southern Idaho sports organization has overturned its ban on girls in football, allowing young Justice Prince and Waycee Irish to rejoin the fifth-grade Gooding Recreation District football team.

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A southern Idaho recreational football league is banning girls from play, even though league rules specify that girls should be included.

The Times-News reports Gooding Recreation District Director Kent Seifert recently told youth football coach Smokey Legarreta to remove two girls from his team after Legarreta allowed them to join despite the local ban. Seifert declined to comment on the ban.

One of the girls is Legarreta's stepdaughter. He says both cried when he told them they couldn't play on the fifth-grade team anymore.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State’s football team will hold its annual spring scrimmage on its famous blue turf Saturday. Nearly 7,000 miles away in Japan, the Hosei University football team will also play a spring game.  But the schools have more in common than just that.  The Broncos and the Tomahawks have an unusual football relationship that’s rooted in the two  schools’ academic partnership.

Florida State Agrees To Play In Boise In 2020

Mar 4, 2013

Boise State has once again announced a home game with an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference.  ACC member Florida State will play the Broncos in a series scheduled to start in six years. Today’s  announcement comes a week after Boise State announced a series with Virginia.