SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Here’s what to expect in tomorrow’s edition of the Idaho Statesman:
• The Boise State coaches talk about their chemistry — a reason they cite for their success. The coaches are friends away from the office.
The single coaches spend much of their time together, whether they’re working or not.
“These guys are pretty much my family,” tight ends coach Scott Huff said.
• Columnist Brian Murphy writes about Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ place in the college football coaching fraternity. Is he the nation’s best?
• Features on Boise State wide receiver Legedu Naanee and the Oklahoma defensive line.
Naanee, a former quarterback, was named an All-WAC first-teamer as a senior wide receiver. Coach Chris Petersen choked up when talking about Naanee’s career.
“He’s been through a lot,” Petersen said. “There’s no doubt he’s going to be a huge factor in this game.”
• Quick profiles of BSU tight end Derek Schouman and Oklahoma defensive lineman C.J. Ah You.
• The matchup between the Oklahoma passing game and BSU pass defense.
• News and notes.
The Fiesta Bowl made a positive first impression with Boise State and its media Tuesday, the day the Broncos arrived in Arizona for the Jan. 1 game against Oklahoma.
The attention to detail and hospitality is what many said would set the Fiesta Bowl apart, and that’s obvious already.
The Broncos couldn’t have a welcoming reception at the airport, as is the bowl’s custom, because their charter plane used a terminal jetway. So the Fiesta Bowl had a bunch of supporters, including Miss Fiesta Bowl, meet the team at its hotel.
At both the BSU hotel and the media hotel, the room keys were printed to look like the Fiesta Bowl game tickets.
The bowl arranged rooms for the media at a discounted rate at one of the nicest resorts in town, the Camelback Inn. A clock tower above the lobby says it all — “Where Time Stands Still.” The clock, of course, is perpetually stuck. It reads 11:25.
Only about 30 Bronco players arrived on the charter flight from Boise. The rest are flying in from their hometowns.
Some were delayed. One player, in fact, might not arrive until tomorrow.
Backup offensive lineman Dan Gore of Prosser, Wash., is stuck in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. First reports had him arriving tomorrow night, but coach Chris Petersen said BSU is trying to solve that problem.
“Maybe we can get Santa to stop by and put him on his sled and maybe get him over here,” Petersen said.
BSU starting quarterback Jared Zabransky was scheduled to fly out of Tri-Cities, too, but he did not go home for Christmas because of the hazardous road conditions between Boise and Hermiston, Ore. Zabransky traveled to Arizona on the team charter.
BSU linebacker David Shields was born in Oklahoma on Fort Sill Army base. He lived there until he was about 4.
Shields has two family members, an aunt and a cousin, from Oklahoma who are expected to attend the game.
The Broncos had a light day planned today. They have a team meeting and team dinner tonight, but the rest is free time. Practice begins tomorrow.
Updates of this blog this week will be somewhat erratic because of the schedule of events at the Fiesta Bowl. Expect updates at least once, and probably twice, every day through Sunday.