Boise Guardian

Ratings Plummet For BSU TV Production

Visitors pose for pictures on the “Blue.”

By DAVE FRAZIER, editor

Blue turf and a dog chasing the kick-off tee only go so far when it comes to Boise State football.

The GUARDIAN freely admits to a certain degree of apathy when it comes to being a citizen of the so-called “Bronco Nation.” It is nice when they win and the country is amazed that we have a unique blue turf and trick plays. Fans are frustrated to pay big bucks for tickets and learn their neighbors are getting the same tickets for free or at reduced prices just to fill the seats for TV appearances.

College football today is owned-operated, catered to and hostage of television and TV is for the most part ENTERTAINMENT. BSU football has lost its entertainment value. Some fans are loyal, but with weekday games, late starts, and lackluster shows, the ratings are down and the series faces cancellation.

Back in the early days of my journalism career I covered Michigan State sports when Duffy Dougherty was head coach. Like Casey Stengel and Yogi Berra, “Duffy” was always good for a quote. He once motivated his players at half time during a Notre Dame contest saying, “The Gipper’s” ghost would reach up from the turf and grab them if they didn’t get into the end zone quick enough. (George Gipp was the star of legendary coach Knute Rockne’s team).

BSU’s Brian Harsin lost me when he called out a reporter for addressing him as “Brian” at a press conference. “My mother is the only one who calls me Brian,” he warned the reporter who apologized and referred to him as “coach.” He acted like an Army colonel demanding to be addressed as “sir” by a civilian. We have had a few off the field encounters with BSU players and they never have demonstrated a fondness for Harsin.

What we need at BSU is simple. We need the smiling face and astute mind of a guy who is a known commodity, has a great personality, is likable, and without question is an astute scholar of the game, destined to be a great football coach: KELLEN MOORE!

KELLEN MOORE

With five years in the NFL, he knows the game literally and figuratively. He loves Boise and Boise REALLY loves him. He would be the youngest or at least one of the youngest college division one coaches ever. Heck, football is in his DNA. His dad has had a career in coaching high school teams in Washington.

BSU could offer Moore a bit more than the Dallas Cowboys are paying for him to hang around and it would be a true “win-win” for all concerned.

Consider this the opening segment in the DRAFT KELLEN MOORE show.