Surfing the net in search of anything related to Boise State has become somewhat interesting this summer. I am not sure how I came across this, but this past year a University of Wisconsin booster offered the Fresno State Bulldogs $1.8 million to move this years home game with the Badgers from Fresno to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The bottom line is it shows what the haves over the have-nots, but it made me think.
In 2009, Oregon and Boise State are set to play a game in Boise at Bronco Stadium, however Oregon athletic director Pat Kikenny proposed that the teams play the game in China in August 2007. I wonder what would be the price for Gene Bleymaier to make that a reality. Further, is there a booster from Oregon willing to put up the cash to make it happen. I wonder if Gene and company have what it takes to turn down millions. Imagine what a few extra million could do for the program.
In the end I applaud Fresno State for turning down such an offer. With the costs associated with running an Athletic program an extra million or two is extremely tempting. The refusal by Fresno State sends a very clear message to the haves, the top teams in the WAC have drawn the line in the sand and said it stops here. Fresno State is also signaling to the BCS schools games played in our home stadium are more important then selling out (Idaho please take notes).
At this point nothing further has come of the offer from Oregon, well at least that has been made public. I hope Gene Bleymaier and Boise State will follow the path of Fresno State and tell Oregon to plan on playing in Boise next year because Boise State is not for sale. With that said I ask Bronco Nation, is there a price for which Boise State should sell out?