Boise State's story of the last ten years is an interesting study. They have not yet completed the rise to power that matches their level of success at the I-AA or junior college ranks, but one feels they are on the verge. In any case, the Broncos' rise to power has been unique and quick.
Boise State's football program has been
operating at warp speed since joining the Division 1-A ranks. Just a mere
13 years ago, Boise State made the huge jump from Division 1-AA football up to
1-A, now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision. They joined the Big West
Conference in 1996, just three years later won the conference title and then followed that up with another conference championship in 2000.
The Western Athletic Conference extended an invititation to the Broncos in 2001 and
another chapter in
history was about to be written.
won their first WAC Conference
Championship in 2002, and quickly became the dominant team in the WAC, adding
conference Championships in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008.
's run of eight conference
championships in their first 12 years of D1-A/FBS football stands as a testament
to the consistency and quality of their football program since joining Division
1-A football. What is truly remarkable is that it was achieved with five
different head coaches. Pokey Allen was the Broncos' coach in 1996, but
his coaching career was cut short when cancer caused his passing on
December 30, 1996
. Pokey was followed by Houston Nutt, Dirk Koetter, Dan
Hawkins and current head coach Chris Petersen. Few if any D1-A college
football teams have changed coaches five times in 12 years and won eight
conference championships during those changes. National recognition has
also come quickly for the Broncos. They have finished ranked as a top 15
team in the country in the USA Today Coaches' Poll in five of the last seven
is the fuel that is feeding
's unprecedented drive to
excellence. It is a fever that has touched every aspect of the football
program. Fans, players, facilities, recruits, coaches, television
coverage, and the
community have all caught the fever that is
football. It is a fever that
has not come close to running its course, and with only five seniors on the
current roster, two of which who are likely starters for the 2009 season, the
Broncos are going to be moving at warp speed for the foreseeable future.
My advice for football fans everywhere is keep an eye on the Broncos over the
next few years, and don't blink, because you'll miss something special!