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No hops for you: beer sales nixed at Boise State football pregames

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Ohio State announced earlier this month that they would sell beer to all of-age ticket holders at football games beginning in 2016, joining a growing number of football programs across the country.  Out west, however, a pair of programs are headed in the opposite direction.

In June of last year, the Idaho State Board of Education approved a request from Boise State and Idaho that allowed the sale of beer and wine to fans with a ticket prior to the start of home football games.  In the former’s case, the policy allowed ticketed fans to purchase beer or wine inside the Caven-Williams Sports Complex, the indoor practice facility, even as there were still no general alcohol sales inside of Alberstons Stadium.

Previously, the board had approved alcohol service for corporate sponsors and their guests at the facility.

Thursday, that same governing body reversed course, declining a request from both schools to continue the policy for the 2016 season.

From the Idaho Press-Tribune:

However, board members said they no longer wanted to waive the state’s current policy — which requires a special invite to buy alcohol at collegiate games.

Only board member David Hill opposed the board’s decision.

Hill says that the board’s decision will essentially shut down BSU’s pre-game function known as “The Huddle,” which offered fans food, alcohol and entertainment in lieu of tailgating.

No reason has been given for the reversal.

Alcohol sales will still be permitted in the premium seating areas at Albertsons Stadium.  The Associated Press did write that “[f]ans can still drink alcohol at designated pregame tailgating areas at BSU and University of Idaho with alcohol they bring in.”

Boise State expels two, suspends another for a year following sexual misconduct probe

BOISE , ID - SEPTEMBER 13: A general view of players cleets on the blue turf during the game between Boise State Broncos and Bowling Green Falcons at Bronco Stadium on September 13, 2008 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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You paying attention, Baylor?

Citing the players’ families and Boise State documents, the Idaho Statesman is reporting that two Broncos football players — linebacker Marquis Hendrix and cornerback Donzale Roddie — have been expelled from the university while another, safety Darreon Jackson has been hit with a one-year suspension.  All three involved are redshirt freshman.

According to the Statesman, the punitive measure are the culmination of a Title IX sexual misconduct investigation that was conducted after a female BSU student accused them of sexual assault.  None of the players involved have been charged with a crime, although the paper noted that [i]nformation was not available Wednesday night about whether the allegations were reported to or investigated by Boise Police.”

From the Statesman:

In incidents Aug. 19, Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 of last year, the alleged victim said she was coerced into performing oral sex on the three players, or in one incident, on a recruit during his official visit. The woman first met with Kerrick in person Nov. 30. She was interviewed in February in-depth about the majority of details in the complaint.

All three players stated that the sex was consensual, although the Statesman’s report, which can be read in full HERE, paints a vastly different, disturbing picture.

The dad of one of the players was less than pleased with the outcome, and laid the blame at the feet of “promiscuous young ladies hiding behind Title IX.”

“I’m extremely upset, upset how those boys were treated,” Jack Hendrix told the paper. “We feel their civil rights were violated, that they were interrogated, not given a chance to truly defend themselves. There are some promiscuous young ladies hiding behind Title IX, and there’s a vendetta against football by those investigators. There was no police investigation, or no repercussions for her actions.”

All three players were members of BSU’s 2015 recruiting class who didn’t play last season and took redshirts.

Report: Boise State QB Ryan Finley to transfer to NC State

PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Ryan Finley #15 of the Boise State Broncos sets to pass the ball during their game against the Brigham Young Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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A little over a month after leaving his first college football home, Ryan Finley has reportedly found his second one.

Citing a source familiar with the situation, the Idaho Press-Tribune is reporting that Finley has enrolled at North Carolina State and will continue his collegiate playing career with the Wolfpack.  The quarterback had announced in the middle of last month that he would be transferring from Boise State.

NCSU’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is Eliah Drinkwitz, who held the same jobs with the Broncos last season before moving to the Wolfpack in January of this year.

Finley is a graduate transfer who will be eligible to play for the Wolfpack in 2016 — and two more seasons after that, apparently. “[Finley] will be listed as a redshirt junior for N.C. State this fall, but is eligible for a medical redshirt – meaning he still has three seasons of eligibility,” the Press-Tribune wrote.

Finley started the first three games last season before suffering a broken ankle and losing the job he won in the summer to Freshman All-American Brett Rypien, with the latter further solidifying his hold on the position this spring.

Clemson is No. 1 in spring game attendance (for now)

Part of a record crowd of 50,500 watches Clemson's spring football game Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. (Ken Ruinard/Anderson Independent-Mail via AP)
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Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Clemson Tigers saw the largest crowd attend its spring game during the second weekend of April. With an estimated 50,000 fans coming out to see the defending ACC champs in action, Clemson narrowly edged division rival Florida State for the top spot in the early going of the spring football game attendance leader board.

If history is any indication, Clemson will not remain on top for very long unless Mother Nature gets involved. Ohio State set the record last year with nearly 100,000 coming out to see the defending national champions. Urban Meyer is hoping to cross the 100,000-fan barrier this year. Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska and Penn State are all traditionally big draws for spring football games as well, and they each have spring games still to be played.

When evaluating spring game attendance it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, every school handles the number differently. Some keep an actual count, while others merely give a rough estimate. Some do not even bother to keep track at all, which is why not every spring game attendance can be accounted for. Second, some spring games are held in a different venue than the football stadium. For example, Stanford held a spring scrimmage in a soccer stadium with a much smaller capacity. So take some of these numbers for what they are with all of that in mind.

Here are the most up-to-date spring game attendance numbers as of April 12, 2016 as provided by each school (note: schools with no attendance tracked are not included, as are schools that did not respond to College Football Talk via email on the subject);

  1. Clemson – 50,000
  2. Florida State – 49,913
  3. Florida – 46,000
  4. Auburn – 45,723 (read more about Auburn’s attendance)
  5. Oklahoma – 42,436
  6. Michigan – 35,000
  7. South Carolina – 32,916
  8. Texas A&M – 27,412
  9. BYU – 18,000
  10. Boise State – 6,100
  11. Colorado – 5,100
  12. UNLV – 2,800
  13. Stanford – 2,500
  14. Wake Forest – 2,100
  15. Nevada – 600
  16. Air Force – 500

All updates to this year’s spring game attendance database can be viewed HERE, and you can break the data down by conference.

Boise State QB Ryan Finley to transfer

Boise State quarterback Ryan Finley (15) passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against BYU, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Boise State’s depth at quarterback just got a little more shallow, which is somewhat to be expected. On Saturday in Boise State’s spring game, freshman Brett Rypien played well and made a case for the starting job heading to the summer. On Tuesday, Boise State announced Ryan Finley will pursue a transfer to play elsewhere.

“We wish Ryan the best,” Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin said in a released statement. “He is going to leave Boise State with a degree, and that is what this is all about.”

With Finley earning his degree from Boise State, that qualifies him to play right away in the fall at another FBS program as a graduate transfer. It is unknown if there is a short list for Finley to consider, but there will be no shortage of options.

Finley completed 46 of 70 pass attempts last fall for 485 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions in three games. Rypien appeared in 11 games and led the offense with 3,350 yards and 20 touchdowns as he grabbed a firm grasp on the starting quarterback job under Harsin. There was likely not much that would stand in the way of him being named the starter again for 2016.