NCAA: Boise State football can wear all-blue uniforms on The Blue

Boise State will be allowed to wear its all-blue uniforms at home for any game this season.

Boise State will be allowed to wear its all-blue uniforms at home for any game this season.

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

UPDATE:

Boise State is due to get new blue and white jerseys this season, so the new rule about numbers won’t be a problem on those (see below). However, coach Chris Petersen does want to retain use of the black jerseys, which likely will require some sort of waiver from the NCAA because they clearly violate the rule.

As for the blue-on-blue issue, Petersen said: “I think they’ve finally come to their senses. I think there’s other things we need to pay attention to and worry about that are more important than what color uniform guys are wearing.”

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The Boise State football team will be allowed to wear its all-blue uniforms on the blue turf, the NCAA announced Thursday.

The Playing Rules Oversight Panel denied the Football Rules Committee’s proposal to require a team to wear jerseys or pants that were a different color than the playing field. The PROP cited concerns that the rule “did not enhance the image of the game.”

The Mountain West wrote a letter to the NCAA in support of Boise State’s tradition of wearing all blue. The league prohibited the Broncos from using the all-blue look for conference home games the past two years but had rescinded that rule as part of Boise State’s decision to stay in the league rather than join the Big East.

Boise State’s black jerseys have two-tone numbers.

The PROP did clarify a rule on jersey numbers that could apply to Boise State’s black uniforms, which include blue and white in the numbers. It also could affect the multi-shade gray numbers on the Broncos’ blue jerseys. The rule, which goes into effect in the Football Bowl Subdivision this year: “Jerseys must have clearly visible, permanent Arabic numerals measuring at least 8 and 10 inches in height front and back, respectively, and be of one solid color that itself is clearly in distinct contrast with the color of the jersey, irrespective of any border around the number.” There have been some exemptions in basketball, but the NCAA said Thursday that it’s up to the schools “to make sure the football uniforms they will be using adhere to this standard.” Boise State is looking into the issue.
Boise State’s black jerseys have two-tone numbers.
Other rules changes that were approved include:

— Players who target and contact defenseless players above the shoulders will be ejected. If the foul occurs in the first half, the player will miss the rest of the game. If it happens in the second half or overtime, the player also will miss the first half of the next game. The ejection portion of the penalty is subject to replay review.

— Blocks below the waist will be allowed only by “stationary players in typical line play.”

— A 10-second runoff with less than a minute remaining in a half will be added when the clock is stopped for an injury.

— A minimum of 3 seconds must be on the clock in order to spike the ball to stop the clock. If there’s less time, the offense must run a play.

— A player who changes numbers during the game must report to the referee, who will announce it.

— Teammates can no longer share numbers.

— On-field officiating crews can use electronic communication.

— Instant replay can be used to adjust the clock at the end of each quarter. Before, that was only allowed for each half.

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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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