Mountain West writes NCAA to defend Boise State’s all-blue uniforms

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson on Tuesday sent a letter to the NCAA on Boise State’s behalf stating its opposition to the proposed rule change that would prevent the Broncos from wearing all-blue uniforms on the blue turf.

The Mountain West required Boise State to wear a contrasting color for conference home games the past two years as part of the Broncos’ membership agreement. However, the league agreed to allow the blue uniforms beginning in 2013 as part of the school’s renewed commitment to the league.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee on Feb. 13 proposed a rule change requiring either pants or jerseys be of a contrasting color to the color of the playing field. The proposal goes to the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on March 6.

Here is the Mountain West letter:

Mr. Ty Halpin
Associate Director of Playing Rules Administration
National Collegiate Athletic Association
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6222

Ty:

Following the recommendation of the NCAA Football Rules Committee and in advance of the meeting of the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) next month, the Mountain West Conference would like to provide feedback related to the proposed change to Football Playing Rule 1-4-4 in advance of the March 1 deadline for comments (which was also provided via the online submission process).

The MW, on behalf of member institution Boise State University, is strongly opposed to the suggested change which states “either the uniform pants or the jersey must clearly contrast with the color of the surface of the field of play”. As you know, Boise State Football is known for its signature blue turf. For a majority of their history, they have worn blue pants and blue jerseys when playing at home.

The proposed rule is not related to any student-athlete safety concerns. Furthermore, this regulation could have a significant negative marketing impact for the Broncos. It will also likely result in undesirable publicity for the NCAA, and would most certainly be damaging to the Boise State University brand. Whatever upside might result from this change is not worth the harmful impact it will have on this institution.

Thanks for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Craig Thompson

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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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