Boise State’s heralded football team will move from the WAC to the Mountain West Conference, effective this fall, and the Broncos have already started to make friends. San Diego State’s head coach, who I’m told is a guy named Rocky Long, is already whining about the famous blue turf in Boise’s home digs.
Rocky Long? That can’t be right, can it?
“I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf. I think it’s unfair,” said Long, the former New Mexico coach who is in his first season as the Aztecs’ head coach.
When asked to expand, Long said, “it takes the visiting team a quarter or two to get used to that different field.”
Long said players “track the ball differently” on the blue turf, particularly since Boise State traditionally wears all-blue uniforms on the blue turf.
I honestly haven’t watched enough games at Bronco Stadium to really weigh in with an educated opinion, but if the field is flat and the players are standing up, what difference could the color of the turf possibly make? My only gripe is that it would be harder to visually pick up dog debris. You’d need a pencil just to get that stuff out of your cleats.