ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Colorado State Rams will wear all white.
Will the Boise State Broncos will wear all blue?
Saturday, for its home game against Boise State, Colorado State will stage a “white out cancer” day in cooperation with a Fort Collins health maintenance organization. The Rams will be clad in white helmets, jerseys and pants, and are asking their fans to wear white as well.
The initiative, CSU coach Steve Fairchild said this week, hits close to home. Rams wide-receivers coach Dan Hammerschmidt lost his wife to cancer several years ago, and the wife of defensive-line coach Todd Stroud is battling the disease now.
Former Rams assistant Marc Lubick, now with the Houston Texans of the NFL, also had a bout with cancer.
“It’s a tough thing,” Fairchild said on this week’s Mountain West Conference coaches’ teleconference, “and our thoughts are with (Stroud) constantly.
“… It sure puts this profession and this game in perspective, because there’s a lot more important things out there.”
From a Boise State point of view, the CSU white-out gives the Broncos a chance to wear their all-blue uniforms in their very first Mountain West game.
It could be their only opportunity to do so for a long time, since BSU agreed – as a condition of entry into the MWC – not to wear the all-blue uniforms on the Broncos’ blue home turf.
Nevertheless, Boise State coach Chris Petersen said no decision has been made regarding the Broncos’ fashion choice for Saturday.
“Something dark, I know that,” he said.
REALIGNMENT TALK: But then, how long will Boise State, which lobbied for years for admission to the Mountain West, stay in the league?
The Broncos have been mentioned as a possible candidate for entry into the Big East as a football-only member. The Big East is a Bowl Championship Series automatic-qualifying conference; the Mountain West is not.
Petersen on Tuesday was asked about comments he’d made to the Idaho Statesmen that seemed receptive to the move.
“I think people are making way too big a deal about that,” he said. “I was really just stating facts on maybe some merits to go or not.
“I think the (Mountain West) is great, I really do. And if something comes down the road to change that, then those guys (BSU’s president and athletic director) will make the appropriate call.”
Also on Tuesday, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun was asked his reaction to strong rumors that Air Force will be invited to join the Big East. The Falcons’ rivals for the annual Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, Army and Navy, also have been discussed as possible Big East expansion targets.
Would Calhoun like Air Force to be in the same league with the Cadets and the Midshipmen?
“That’s not for a coach to decide and thankfully so, especially at the Air Force Academy,” Calhoun said. “Our decisions aren’t made based upon athletics.”
Not even when the decision is about what athletic conference to be in?
MUM’S THE WORD: Eight days after TCU coach Gary Patterson ripped into a Conference USA officiating crew regarding its work during the Horned Frogs’ 40-33 overtime loss to SMU on Oct. 1, Patterson has not received a reprimand from the Mountain West.
Javan Hedlund, Mountain West associate commissioner for communications, said by phone Wednesday that such matters are handled internally until, and if, there’s something to announce.
According to the MWC Handbook, such a ruling should have been handed down within 96 hours.
The Mountain West bylaw governing public criticism of a game official by an individual affiliated with the conference states that a public reprimand is called for on a first offense.
Patterson, meanwhile, dropped this bombshell on Tuesday’s teleconference in discussing the Horned Frogs’ upcoming bye week.
“Now we have a very dangerous New Mexico team (to prepare for) in two weeks,” he said.
No kidding, that’s what he said.
CSU’s Cancer Day Hits Close to Home
Todayn San Diego State (3-2, 0-0) at Air Force (3-2, 0-1), 6 p.m. TV: CBS SportsSaturdayn UNLV (1-4, 0-0) at Wyoming (3-2, 0-0), 12 p.m. TV: The mtn.n New Mexico (0-5, 0-1) at Nevada (2-3), 2 p.m. TV: nonen Boise State (5-0, 0-0) at Colorado State (3-2, 1-0), 4 p.m. TV: The mtn.n Idle: TCU
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— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal