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Boise State to honor former football coach Lyle Smith with statue

Harsin, Petersen, Gov. Otter, Koetter and others wish Lyle Smith a happy birthday

Bryan Harsin, Chris Petersen, Gov. Butch Otter, Gene Bleymaier, Karl Benson and Dirk Koetter all wish the grandfather of Boise State football, Lyle Smith, a happy 100th birthday.
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Bryan Harsin, Chris Petersen, Gov. Butch Otter, Gene Bleymaier, Karl Benson and Dirk Koetter all wish the grandfather of Boise State football, Lyle Smith, a happy 100th birthday.

A statue of legendary Boise Junior College football coach Lyle Smith will be installed in front of the Allen Noble Hall of Fame near Albertsons Stadium’s southwest corner, the Idaho Statesman has learned.

Boise State coaching legend Lyle Smith celebrates his 100th birthday with coach Bryan Harsin and the Broncos during a spring football practice at Albertsons Stadium on Thursday in Boise.

The statue, which will capture a well-known pose of Smith perched on the sideline watching his team intently, is expected to be installed before Saturday’s home opener against Washington State. A look at what the statue will capture is below.

Smith turned 100 years old this year and is a frequent visitor of Boise State football practices and the team’s facilities. The team brought him to practice on his 100th birthday March 17.

As the head coach for 20 seasons from 1947 to 1967, Smith posted a 156-26-6 record, losing more than two games in a season only twice.

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Boise State said fewer than 2,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s game, between season tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets.

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