WR Shane Williams-Rhodes out; watch QB Grant Hedrick’s comments to media

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By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman


Boise State sophomore wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes, who is tied for the team lead with 77 catches, will not play in the Hawaii Bowl. He was unable to recover quickly enough from ankle surgery. He was injured Nov. 23 at San Diego State.

Sophomore safety Taylor Loffler also is out. The key special-teamer sustained a hernia in the Nov. 30 game against New Mexico.


HONOLULU — New Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin impressed Athletic Director Mark Coyle during the interview process with his detailed plan.

As Harsin collects assistant coaches, Coyle sees that plan playing out as expected.

“The names you see in the press announcements are the names we talked about,” Coyle said. “I’m very excited for him. It’s great to get some guys who have that Boise State connection. They understand our culture. They understand the process that we hear a lot about and the system. I’m excited for Bryan. He’s putting together a phenomenal staff.”

Harsin returned home to Jonesboro, Ark., on Tuesday to spend Christmas with his family. The Broncos program truly becomes his on Thursday. The Broncos play Oregon State on Tuesday in the Hawaii Bowl and get home Wednesday.

“On Dec. 26, we go,” Coyle said. “It’s a new season, a new era of Bronco football.”

Harsin has named six of his nine full-time assistants. A source told The Idaho Statesman on Sunday that Arkansas State cornerbacks coach Julius Brown has accepted a job at Boise State, but it’s unknown if it’s a coaching position. Brown, a former Broncos player and the recruiting coordinator at Arkansas State, has been a cornerbacks coach for two years. Before that, he was the director of player personnel at Boise State — an on-campus and Internet recruiting job. Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com first reported Brown’s hire.

Here is the updated Harsin staff:

Head coach: Bryan Harsin
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks: Mike Sanford
Offensive line: Scott Huff
Tight ends: TBA
Running backs/special teams: Kent Riddle
Wide receivers: TBA
Defensive coordinator: Marcel Yates
Defense TBA: Andy Avalos
Defensive line: Steve Caldwell
Defense TBA: TBA
Director of football operations: Brian Wilkinson
Role TBA: Gerald Alexander*
Role TBA: Julius Brown*
Strength coach: Jeff Pitman*
(* indicates the hires haven’t been announced)


Coyle doesn’t expect to lose money on the Hawaii Bowl trip. The Mountain West provides expense money.

“We’re being very mindful of all our expenses,” Coyle said. “It’s all a part of our partnership with the league. … You do everything you can to stay within that budget. We anticipate being within our budget.”

The Broncos’ bowl request was to face a Pac-12 team, Coyle said.

“Our kids wanted to play a Pac-12 school,” he said. “In conversations with (Commissioner Craig Thompson) and the other schools, they informed us Oregon State was going to be out here and we got excited by that opportunity. And then you couple the fact that our men’s basketball team is out here and Oregon State’s men’s basketball team is out here, they all thought that kind of tied in nicely from a conference perspective and also from an ESPN perspective.”


— Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski worked with his replacement, Marcel Yates, at Boise State (2006-11) and Montana State (2001-02). Kwiatkowski is leaving for Washington. “Marcel is going to be awesome,” Kwiatkowski said. “He did a great job before with the DBs. … As good a coach as he is, he’s a great person and the kids are really going to enjoy him.”

Here is a good story on Oregon State star wide receiver Brandin Cooks.



Thursday story: Broncos need a break
Friday blog: Watch video from Friday’s press conference
Saturday story: Southwick sent home, Patti reinstated
Saturday blog: Mark Coyle reacts to Southwick suspension
Sunday story: Hard work defines Matt Paradis
Sunday notebook: Matt Miller says players happy with Harsin hires
Sunday column: Brian Murphy on Joe Southwick



Boise State game notes
Oregon State game notes
Mountain West bowl notes



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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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