But let's take a look at this -- here's the state makeup of the most recent Boise State football roster**, the Broncos being the top team in the Western Athletic Conference for some time now:
- 18 Idaho natives
- 35 Californians (almost the total from remaining states combined)
- Eight from Arizona
- Six each from Texas and Washington
- Five from Oregon
- Four from Colorado
- Three from Nevada
- Three from The Netherlands
- Two from Georgia
- Two from Wyoming
- One apiece from New Jersey, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota and Canada
So without tuition waivers in football recruiting, it's not a stretch to say BSU couldn't be maintaining the position it currently enjoys in the WAC.
As for maybe a more appropriate comparison vis-à-vis San Jose State, the 2008-2009 Fresno State football roster** lists:
- 91 players from California
- Four from Texas
- Three from Nevada
- One from Arizona
For the record, from what we could determine the Bulldogs' non-Californians included a starting center, a starting linebacker, an ALL-WAC offensive tackle, and a starting defensive tackle. So Pat Hill is carefully cherry-picking when extending the more expensive scholarship offers.
Let's now look at the current San Jose State football 99 player roster (which obviously, as does the others, includes walk-ons) for out-of-staters:
All three are walk-ons.
There's also offensive guard Steve Lightsy out of Hawai'i, but he was a transfer from Fresno City College and he likely established residency in California prior to his transfer to San Jose State, thus negating any out--of-state tuition charges.
Now this is probably more from the 'For What It's Worth Department' but looking at the 2008-2009 ALL-WAC offensive, defensive and special teams selections, here is the cumulative state residency breakdown per WAC squad:
- Boise State: (5) - three from California, one from New Jersey, one from Canada
- Fresno State: (1) - from Nevada
- Hawaii: (4) - two from California, one from Texas, one from Washington
- Idaho: (3) - one each from California, Colorado and Washington
- Louisiana Tech: (4) - all from Louisiana
- Nevada: (6) - four from California, one from Nevada, one from Alabama
- New Mexico State: (1) - from New Mexico
- San Jose State: (3) - all from California
- Utah State: (0)
In summary, arch-rival Fresno State has obviously relaxed the number out-of-state tuition charges but is still primarily looking within California for talent. FSU reaches out of state when it can bring in a top contributor.
Boise State must look elsewhere for a sizable portion of its roster or wouldn't be able to maintain a Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly D-1A) football program.
San Jose State football is currently hamstrung in this regard so out-of-state tuition waivers for five or so non-Californian football prospects would be a blessing. Coach Tomey could then selectively reach for non-Golden Staters at key positions when, for example, the 'crop' for quarterbacks or cornerbacks is slim in-state for a particular recruiting year.
In the vein of Spike Lee's best film, SJSU is hoping CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed grants their athletic department 10 or so overall out-of-state tuition waivers to be spread across the Spartan athletics programs.
** It is impossible to precisely tell the status of each player as a number of them are non-scholarshipped walk-ons.
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