This was a very difficult decision for the team and students but the coaches and staff are supporting the decision wholeheartedly. The announcement that the football team will not participate in a bowl game this season came yesterday, Sunday December 20th from The Boise State Broncos. Interim director of athletics Bob Carney and head coach Bryan Harsin led the announcement and there was a joint statement from team captains Khalil Shaki, Riley Whimpey and Avery Williams saying:

“This is about a team decision and what the team feels is best for everyone mentally, physically and emotionally. The 2020 season has not been easy, dating back to the summer, the postponement and return of our season and then week-to-week ups and downs in dealing with COVID. We gave everything we had this season for each other and for Bronco Nation, and are proud that we made it to a championship game despite all the challenges we faced. Now, it is time for all of us to get healthy and focus on 2021.”

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Then Carney spoke saying, "These last several months have been both exhausting and challenging for everyone involved, and I want to thank our student-athletes, coaches and support staff for all of the work that went into the most unprecedented season in college football history. I am proud of everyone involved."

Harsin followed with, "We met with our captains this morning, and after discussions with the rest of the team, we felt it was in the best interest of our program and of the well-being of our student-athletes, both physically and mentally, to forego a bowl game this year. These young men have been through a lot this season. COVID protocols required them to be away from their families for most of the season, and they understandably want to go home and be with their families for the holidays. When they return to campus we will begin preparations for a championship season in 2021.”

Looking forward to next year when we can all cheer on the boys again from the stands. Go Blue.

 

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