I reply to the Sept. 13 letter from Joe Swope regarding the “lack of leadership” at the U of I relating to its football team and athletic department.
The opinion of Mr. Swope is very narrow-minded. Leadership pertains not only to football and other men’s sports, but it equally pertains to women’s sports.
A big supporter of the U of I football team, whether it wins or loses, is women’s sports and women’s coaches. If the U of I football team is no longer FBS, then the U of I’s women’s teams will be significantly impacted, losing approximately 27 full-time scholarships, the women’s swimming and diving team, and possibly other women’s teams.
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Athletic department leadership goes both ways: Not just for football, but also for women’s sports. Going FBS for football is great for women’s sports scholarships; going FCS means many young women will lose their full-ride sports scholarships.
John Schroeder, Boise
I agree with Joe Swope’s opinion (Sept. 13 letter) regarding the University of Idaho returning to the Big Sky.
I suggest the Vandals go back to the Big Sky. Play with national champs like Montana, and others in the conference. There are other championships available we can achieve.
Bring back some pride and enthusiasm to the Vandals.
Don Gettle, Boise
One of the most impressive things about watching BSU football under coach Pete over the years of his tenure was his teams’ discipline. It was almost always the opponent who made the stupid or self-centered penalties.
Sadly, this disciplined approach does not seem to hold much sway under coach Harsin, where egregious penalties hurting the team are much more prevalent, and seem to face no more of a censure than a couple of harsh words on the sidelines.
I find it embarrassing to watch players on the current squad excessively trash-talking opponents, or hurting their team by drawing penalties for stupid comments to referees.
Unfortunately, whatever appears in the win/loss column, it seems the era of BSU exceptionalism in discipline are now a thing of the past.
Dale Bowden, Boise
Does BSU need a coach or a quarterback?
Don Lewis, Boise
I’d like to apologize to all of Bronco Nation for wearing my orange BSU shirt. Clearly, it is a bad-luck piece of attire responsible for the (BYU) loss.
The lack of victory wasn’t from how all of our D-backs only look at the ball for the INTs and forget to cover the guy 10 yards past them, insisting on shoestring tackles and then missing them, and then talking enough trash for a penalty.
Nothing to do with our D-line getting an amazing push, decisively winning the battle upfront, but refusing to shed a blocker, generously giving their QB ample time to make a play.
It definitely wasn’t how our QB didn’t progress through his reads, throw into triple coverage and under-throw deep routes to the inside.
It surely wasn’t the OC choosing to run up the middle yet again on third-and-14, the ineffective screen pass when the game was on the line, reserving deep throws downfield until it was too late in the game, or a lack of creativity in overall play-calling.
Again, my deepest apologies for my wardrobe failure. It won’t happen again.
Brian Arehart, Boise