From big crowds, a dominant home record and an NCAA Tournament berth, the signs of the growth of Boise State's basketball program are all around.
Friday brought another indication of the program's rise - this one bittersweet for head coach Leon Rice.
San Jose State announced it hired Rice's top assistant, Dave Wojcik, as its new men's basketball coach. The Spartans will join the Mountain West Conference this summer.
"That's the painful part - you shake hands, give him a hug, then we're competing against each other," Rice said. " But it's a great opportunity, and I couldn't be happier for him."
Wojcik has been a Bronco assistant since 2010-11, when former Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier hired Rice as head coach from Gonzaga. Bleymaier is now San Jose State's athletic director.
"In the three years we've been here, he was just invaluable," Rice said. " He's a big part of why we got the NCAA Tournament in three years. I'll always be grateful for the work he did here to get us off the ground. He's deserving of the job at San Jose State, and it was a great hire by the athletic director there."
It is believed Wojcik is the first Boise State men's basketball assistant to be directly hired by another Division I school to be its head coach.
San Jose State fired coach George Nessman on March 13 after compiling an 88-161 record in eight seasons. The Spartans last reached the NCAA Tournament in 1996, and have posted one winning season since 1993-94.
Wojcik, who will be formally introduced Tuesday, has coached at eight Division I schools, but San Jose State will be his first collegiate head coaching job. His brother, Doug, is the head coach at the College of Charleston.
"I am honored to have the responsibility of taking San Jose State into the Mountain West, one of the best basketball conferences in the nation," Wojcik said in a statement.
Rice said Wojcik will not take any of the Broncos' other assistants with him. Either Jeff Linder or John Rillie will be promoted to associate head coach to fill the vacancy left by Wojcik's departure. Rice said he's "got some great candidates" for the third assistant position.