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Boise State QB Rathen Ricedorff ruled ineligible over NCAA violation

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Boise State’s quarterback room will have one less seat moving forward.

The football program announced in a statement Tuesday that Rathen Ricedorff has “rendered himself ineligible for the entire 2017 football season” due to an NCAA rules violation.  The specific nature of the violation the quarterback allegedly committed was not divulged by the school.

As a result of the violation and subsequent ineligibility, Ricedorff has left the Broncos football team.

Coming to the Broncos this offseason as a three-star junior college prospect, Ricedorff was rated as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback by 247sports.com at that level of college football.  While Brett Rypien is the Broncos’ unquestioned starter at the position, it was thought that Ricedorff would slide into the backup role; Jake Constantine, however, surpassed the JUCO transfer on the depth chart this spring.

In fact, in Boise’s spring game, Ricedorff attempted just three passes.  The redshirt freshman Constantine, barring something unexpected, will likely serve as Rypien’s backup.

Ricedorff’s departure will, after 2017 signee Chase Cord joins the team this summer, leave the Broncos with just three scholarship quarterbacks.  There’s a possibility the program could add a graduate transfer at some point before the start of summer camp in early August.

Ex-Boise State DT found not guilty of felony after biting off part of teammate’s ear

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I don’t know how many different ways I can write “another headline I’d never thought I’d type,” so I won’t even try.

According to the Idaho Statesman, former Boise State defensive tackle Dereck Boles was found not guilty of felony mayhem by a jury Thursday afternoon.  It had been alleged that, in February of 2016, Boles bit off a sizable chunk of the ear of a Broncos safety, Chanceller James, at a house party.

From the Statesman:

Boles was formally charged in May 2016 for biting off a portion of safety Chanceller James’ ear in an altercation, which had stemmed from a morning workout Feb. 12 in which James said Boles had argued with a member of the strength staff. The team was forced to do additional work after the outburst. James needed reconstructive surgery to repair the injury, which had taken off about a third of the top of his right ear.

Boles claimed self defense, which the jury accepted.

“It went exactly the way we expected it to go, we expected justice would be done and justice was done,” Boles’ attorney, Joe Miller, said.

In late February of last year, Boise State confirmed that Boles had been dismissed from the football program for violating unspecified team rules.

A two-star member of the Broncos’ 2014 recruiting class, Boles took a redshirt as a true freshman. In 2015, Boles played in all 13 games and was credited with four tackles for loss.  That total of tackles for loss would’ve been tied with Jabril Frazier for the team lead among returning linemen in 2016 before Boles went all Mike Tyson.

Mountain West alters revenue distribution plan based on TV appearances, but Boise State keeps sweetheart deal

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One of the more obscure remnants of the realignment era in college athletics is the way the Mountain West distributes television revenue. Most notably, Boise State was allowed to keep a certain slice of the pie (slightly less than $2 million) as part of the condition that they would stay in the league, then the rest of the remaining members would split what was left — with a catch.

That catch turned out to be a form of a bonus system that gave a little extra to schools who appeared on national television on conference partners like ESPN and CBS Sports Network. It appears the MWC has had a change of heart about how things are being distributed because that is changing going forward next season.

Per the Idaho Statesman:

The conference determined the formula and bonus structure was not performing as it had been intended. Now, Boise State’s membership agreement and its ESPN deal were honored, meaning the school gets $1.8 million up front annually. That’s the average bonus payout Boise State got from 2013-15 under the contract it agreed to when deciding to stay in the Mountain West. The remaining revenue will be divided among the 11 football-playing schools outside Hawaii, worth approximately $1.1 million per year, meaning a total of $2.9 million for Boise State.

The bonus system was a bit of a sore spot for many schools in the league, something commissioner Craig Thompson conceded in an interview last July. The new deal looks to be a little more fairer to everybody in the league and probably won’t draw as many complaints as before (though that Boise State sweetheart deal from realignment remains). While the overall figures aren’t anywhere close to their Power Five peers, it’s still a nice chunk of change for many of the Mountain West athletic departments.

Boise State adds Brad Bedell as offensive line coach

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Boise State has hired Brad Bedell as its offensive line coach, the Broncos announced Thursday.

Bedell has worked with Broncos head coach Bryan Harsin previously, coaching the line for him at Arkansas State in 2013. After Harsin’s exit for Boise, Bedell left to coach the line at Texas State in 2014-15, and spent 2016 as a quality control assistant and assistant director of operations at Baylor.

He had previously agreed to be the offensive line coach and assistant head coach at Lamar in January.

“I already have some of that blue blood running through me, as I’ve been indoctrinated into the Boise State culture from my time with Coach Harsin, and even back to Coach Hawkins, working with awesome Broncos and men like Coach Harsin, Andy Avalos, Lee Marks and Jeff Pitman,” Bedell said. “I want to thank Coach Harsin for this opportunity to be a Bronco, and to be part of an extremely special program that truly combines a great tradition of championship football with a constant push to develop young men as leaders through the game,” Bell said in a statement, via the Idaho Statesman.

“From a coaching standpoint, I truly believe football is won up front by being physical, using great technique and implementing a nasty disposition. Our mentality has to be to go out and dominate the man across from you. If we can do that, just be dirt dogs, guys who bring their lunch pail and hard hat every day, the rest of our guys will be able to do their thing.”

Bedell replaces Scott Huff who left last week for to coach the line for his former boss Chris Petersen at Washington.

The Broncos finished the ’16 season ranked 56th nationally with 4.6 yards per carry and tied for 27th with 1.46 sacks allowed per game.

Washington plugs vacancy on staff with Boise State o-line coach Scott Huff

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A day after losing offensive line coach Chris Strausser to a job in the NFL, the defending Pac-12 champion Washington Huskies have managed to fill the void with a former Chris Petersen assistant. Scott Huff has been hired to be Washington’s new offensive line coach.

Huff previously coached under Petersen at Boise State for eight years. Huff remained at Boise State, his alma mater, once Petersen was hired by Washington. Huff was one of two coaches who opted to stay behind and was retained by Boise State to continue coaching the Broncos during the coaching change. Huff also played for Petersen for two seasons at Boise State and started 40 games for the Broncos between 1999 and 2002. Petersen was Boise State’s offensive coordinator at the time.

“I’ve known Scott as a player and as a coach for a long time. He was one of my first hires as a newly-appointed head coach,” Petersen said in a released statement. “We’re just thrilled to have him join us here.”

“We want to wish Coach Huff the best of luck as he makes this move to Washington,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said in a statement, according to The Idaho Press-Tribune. “There are few that have been as loyal to the Boise State program as Scott Huff, both as a player and coach. Beyond his coaching acumen, his ability to build relationships with his players and develop them on and off the field is what makes him special.”

The sudden coaching change on the staff at Boise State comes just days before the Broncos open up spring football practices. Unless Harsin has an option waiting to be hired immediately, it is liekly the Broncos will shuffle responsibilities internally to fill the staff, at least for now.