Oct. 28, 2014
As a firm commitment to remaining nationally competitive with impending NCAA student-athlete reforms, the Boise State Athletic Department plans to provide cost of attendance to all student-athletes across the board. This allowance will begin if NCAA rules allow for such.
Currently, Boise State offers multi-year scholarships for student-athletes and will expand the practice. Each coach and team will determine how best to use these scholarship contracts.
"Boise State is a proven program in the collegiate athletics landscape," said Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. "Our intent is to provide the resources available not only for football, but for each of our 20 sports, to not only win conference championships but to compete with any program on a national level."
The cost of attendance commitment falls in line with a number of high-priority student-athlete enhancement programs for Boise State over the past year. The football training table has been replaced by a new supplemental meal program that allows Bronco football student-athletes to eat on a more regular basis and provides proper nutrition guidance, while also keeping their monthly scholarship stipend intact.
A new $750,000 grass practice complex was christened with the start of fall camp, giving Boise State three different facilities in which to hold workouts and practice. A little more than a year ago, the Broncos moved across the famous blue turf into a state-of-the-art, 70,000-square-foot football center, complete with a 12,000-square-foot weight room, a 6,000-square-foot athletic training center and one of the most unique and spacious locker rooms in the country.
Boise State's future nonconference football schedules feature a number of high-profile home-and-home series over the next eight years, including Florida State, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Washington, Oregon State, Washington State, Cincinnati and BYU.
"There is no question we are a power program nationally," added head football coach Bryan Harsin. "Boise State football has won more games, appeared in more bowl games and won more championships over the last 15 years than any other school. We've ranked consistently in the top 10 percent in academic standing nationally and have a tremendous track record for graduating student-athletes. And with more than $75 million in facility improvements in the last 10 years, there is a commitment to this program from our university president, Dr. Kustra, and our athletic director, Mark Coyle. Add the cost of attendance stipend into the mix, along with the implementation of other key areas of student-athlete welfare, and we are well positioned as a power program for years to come."
Boise State is currently 6-2 in 2014, bowl eligible for the 13th-straight season and in the hunt for its 12th conference title in the past 16 years. The Five Pillars of The Power Program: 1. WINNING
- Since 2000, Boise State owns the most wins (161) and the highest winning percentage (.852) of any FBS college football team.
- The Broncos' current streak of 12-straight bowl games is tied for the seventh longest in the country. Boise State is set to appear in its 13th-straight bowl game this season and 15th in the last 16 years.
- Included in the bowl streak are BCS victories following the 2006 and 2009 seasons at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
- Boise State has been ranked in the top 25 every year from 2002-13.
- Boise State was ranked in the top 10 of the final BCS standings in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
- Since 1999, Boise State has won 20 conference or bowl championships.
- The top three college football programs in regards to winning percentage all-time are Notre Dame, Michigan and Boise State.
- Boise State is one of just four schools in the country to rank among the top 10 percent nationally each of the last four years among FBS teams in Academic Progress Rate, the NCAA's chief measuring stick for academic standards. Included was a No. 2 ranking in 2012 and 2013, and a No. 4 ranking in 2014.
- In 2007, Higher Education Watch devised a formula for re-ranking all of the BCS Top 25 programs on academic standards. Boise State was the only program in the country from 2007-12 to rank in the BCS Top 25 on the field and the BCS Academic Top 10 off the field.
- Boise State was honored nationally by the American Football Coaches Association with the 2011 Academic Achievement Award. The award is presented annually to the school with the top Graduation Success Rate, akin to winning college football's academic national championship.
3. STUDENT-ATHLETE WELFARE
- In 2014, with the new NCAA rules on unlimited meals for student-athletes, Boise State football replaced its training table program with a much-improved supplemental meal program at a cost of nearly $500,000 annually. Bronco student-athletes now have team dinners twice a week and team breakfasts three times a week above the blue turf in the Stueckle Sky Center.
- The weight room nutrition and snack bar is open throughout the day for student-athletes to grab an assortment of healthy snack alternatives, including protein shakes, nutrition bars, fruits, nuts, sandwiches and yogurt.
- Hiring of a sports nutritionist to assist and advise with meal plans and dietary needs of student-athletes.
- Recent announcement of full funding for cost of attendance stipends for scholarship athletes, pending adoption by the NCAA.
- Ability to provide multi-year scholarship contracts.
- Boise is one of the 10 safest cities in America according to various groups that analyze crime data, and Boise State University was recognized last year by safewise.org as one of four colleges "taking steps to keep their campus safe."
- Opening of the Bleymaier Football Center in August 2013. The 70,000-square-foot, two-level complex includes a football-only weight room, team locker room, position rooms, a state-of-the-art athletic training room, a computer lab and an academic center.
- A new $12.5 million naming rights agreement with grocery giant Albertsons for Albertsons Stadium, home of the world-famous blue turf.
- Stadium seating capacity increased to just under 37,000 with permanent north and south end zone expansion in 2012.
- Funding and construction of the Stueckle Sky Center above The Blue. The four-story facility goes goal line to goal line and houses loge boxes, club seats, suites and press-box operations. Three separate dining and catering banquet rooms are inside the sky center, allowing for full team meals throughout the year.
- A full indoor practice field inside the Caven-Williams Sports Complex adjacent to the football center.
- Completion of a grass practice field exclusive for football at the southwest corner of Albertsons Stadium in August 2014, giving the team three separate 100-yard practice fields to utilize.
5. NATIONAL EXPOSURE
- Boise State football is the only team in the country that is part of a conference, but has a separate rights holder for home games.
- ESPN is the flagship station for Boise State home games through the 2019 season, televising a minimum of six games annually on ESPN networks and providing Boise State with premier national exposure and branding.
- Boise State football has averaged 11 nationally-televised games per season since 2009.
- In the last three seasons, Boise State has appeared on ABC, ESPN, FOX Sports 1, CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Network.