Spending five days with your team, the last time you all will be together, that is a perk of a bowl trip. So is playing a good team in a new environment with plenty of activities beforehand.
But in December, we know what time of year it is, and Boise State’s football team gets rewarded with some nice gifts for each bowl game.
“Best thing about a bowl trip? I think the easy answer would be to say the bowl gifts. Those are always exciting,” junior quarterback Brett Rypien said, adding that those things mentioned above are part of the joy.
NCAA rules allow bowls to give players on participating teams gift packages worth up to $550 in value.
For the Las Vegas Bowl, the Broncos and Ducks will get an Oakley backpack and tag, a hat, Rock ‘Em team-branded socks and beanie, plus a chance to pick out something from a “gift suite.” The suite is a room in which players can pick out items, provided they stay under a set price, and includes electronics, furniture, jewelry and sporting goods like bikes.
Other bowls have some interesting rewards, including a PlayStation 4 for Fiesta Bowl teams, a $400 Best Buy shopping trip for the Citrus Bowl, a belt buckle for those in the Texas Bowl and a custom Fathead lifesize decal of each player in the Quick Lane Bowl. On the other end, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl just lists “a variety of New Era products.”
Pretty sure players have plenty of hats and shirts already.
A BYE WEEK, INSTEAD OF A BYE MONTH
The Broncos will be back at practice Thursday through the weekend, then will treat next week similar to a usual game week. It’s a shift from last year’s schedule, which saw the team play its last regular-season game Nov. 25, then not play again until the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27.
“I’m happy with the time that we have, it’s more than enough,” sophomore safety Kekoa Nawahine said. “I think if we had to play them this week, we’d be excited for that challenge as well.
“I like it better that it’s only one week, then we’re back into game week.”
ANOTHER EX-BRONCO GETS A PROMOTION
Former Boise State quarterback Bush Hamdan was named Washington’s offensive coordinator Sunday. On Tuesday, Colorado announced offensive line coach Klayton Adams was promoted to co-offensive coordinator. Adams played center for the Broncos in 2003 and 2004.
Seven former Bronco players or coaches are now head coaches or coordinators in the Pac-12: Hamdan, Adams, Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski, Washington coach Chris Petersen, Cal coach Justin Wilcox and Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith.
LAS VEGAS BOWL
Who: Boise State (10-3) vs. Oregon (7-5)
When: 1:30 p.m. MT, Saturday, Dec. 16
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Tickets: $81.75 apiece at BroncoSports.com/tickets, the Athletic Ticket Office or via phone at 208-426-4737.