Boise State Football

BSU can't wait to show off its bling

Boise State will have to wait a few more days before it can start showing off its Fiesta Bowl trophy.

But when the biggest prize in school history does show up, probably in about a week to 10 days, the university has big plans on the table.

"We want to show that thing off as much as possible,'' said Brad Larrondo, the Broncos senior athletic director for promotions and marketing. "We'll do some sort of big splash with it and let the community be a big part of it.''

The actual $1.2 million, 200-pound trophy that was paraded around before Monday's 43-42 overtime victory over Oklahoma isn't coming to Boise. The Fiesta Bowl ships the winning team a replica, worth around $30,000 to $40,000, Larrondo said.

"It'll be the most expensive trophy in our cabinet, no question,'' Larrondo said.

The Broncos are planning to use the trophy as a centerpiece in a Fiesta Bowl display at the Allen Noble Hall of Fame.

The display will include Fiesta Bowl memorabilia and possibly the game on a constantly playing loop on TV.

"We want something pretty special so fans can relive the whole experience,'' Larrondo said.

BSU officials are meeting today to discuss a celebration, which won't happen until after students return to class Jan. 16. A working plan is to do something at a BSU basketball game, possibly the Jan. 20 game against Hawaii. Also, there could be a community-wide event, such as a parade, Larrondo said.

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