MWC Commissioners Letter Regarding All-Blue Uniforms


By Jason Carter

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson's letter to Ty Halpin, the NCAA's Associate Director of Playing Rules Administration (and obtained by the Idaho Statesman), regarding BSU's fight to play in all-blue jersies:

"The MW, on behalf of member institution Boise State University, is strongly opposed to the suggested change which states "either the uniform pants or the jersey must clearly contrast with the color of the surface of the field of play." As you know, Boise State Football is known for its signature blue turf. For a majority of their history, they have worn blue pants and blue jerseys when playing at home.

The proposed rule is not related to any student-athlete safety concerns. Furthermore, this regulation could have a significant negative marketing impact for the Broncos. It will also likely result in undesirable publicity for the NCAA, and would most certainly be damaging to the Boise State University brand. Whatever upside might result from this change is not worth the harmful impact it will have on this institution."

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