This is not the way we expected to hit the 100-day countdown to Boise State’s 2016 season. This is not the way we expected to hit the 100-day countdown to Boise State’s 2016 season. Three Bronco redshirt freshmen, Marquis Hendrix, Donzale Roddie and Darreon Jackson, are off the team as the result of a sexual assault investigation, reports Dave Southorn of the Idaho Statesman. Hendrix and Roddie have been expelled from school, and Jackson has been suspended for a year, according to the Statesman. The incidents allegedly took place in August, September and October of last year, and the investigation began last fall after the victim notified Boise State of her allegations. It was the players’ word against the victim’s, but her testimony was deemed credible this spring, and the action against Hendrix, Roddie and Jackson followed this week.
It shows that Boise State has a zero-tolerance for cases like this these days, even with no criminal charges filed. This is where the word “student” comes into play in “student-athlete.” The school doesn’t want these three players as students anymore (with the possible exception of Jackson in the future). What happens from here? The families of the players may take some kind of action (just my opinion).
The loss of Hendrix, Roddie and Jackson has an effect on the Boise State depth chart. All three are good players and got good reviews in spring football. Jackson, in particular, really stood out in the Blue & Orange Game last month. The Broncos are deep at middle linebacker, but no so much at the other affected positions. They’ll need a good year out of Raymond Ford at corner, and guys like Ladarryl Blair will have to step up behind presumed starters Jonathan Moxey and Tyler Horton. At safety, Jackson was sure to get a lot of playing time this season. Dylan Sumner-Gardner and Chanceller James are back, although James missed the spring game (coach Bryan Harsin didn’t elaborate at the time). Kam Miles becomes that much more important now.
The 100-day countdown coincides with Boise State’s “Select Your Seat Open House” at Albertsons Stadium this afternoon from 3-6 p.m. The stadium will be open for prospective season ticket holders to browse available seats. The Broncos averaged 33,612 fans per game last season, up from 32,504 in 2014, and the home schedule is theoretically better this year, including the Wazzu and BYU games in non-conference play and Colorado State and Utah State highlighting the conference slate.
Boise State men’s basketball coach Leon Rice has filled the opening on his staff created when Jeff Linder took the top job at Northern Colorado. Mike Burns, who had just come aboard as an assistant at the University of Portland under Terry Porter a month ago, has resigned to join the Broncos. Burns was the interim head coach at University of the Pacific last season and spent three seasons as the head man at Eastern Washington from 2004-07.
Troy Merritt and Tyler Aldridge tee off today in the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth. Graham DeLaet does not. DeLaet made an appearance yesterday in Saskatoon to promote the new beer he’s helping market, Prairie Baard, a beer targeted at “hard-working” types of people. It’s produced by Vancouver, BC-based Bomber Brewing, but the malted barley and wheat come from the prairies of Saskatchewan.
Former Boise State golfer Ty Travis begins his pro career in earnest today when he tees off at the Freedom 55 Financial Open in Vancouver, the season opener on the PGA Canada Tour (also known as the MacKenzie Tour). Travis won the Idaho State Open last year—then turned pro in November and started training for the Canadian tour. He qualified for the circuit earlier this month. Travis is also a former Idaho State Amateur champion and won an individual state 5A championship while playing on three state title teams at Eagle High. As a Bronco senior last season, he recorded six top-25 finishes, including three in the top 10.
Travis is going to pay his dues up north. The purse for the Freedom 55 is $175,000—total. Players on the Canadian tour jockey for position on the season-ending Order of Merit. The goal is graduating to the Web.com Tour next year. But only the top finisher in the Order of Merit earns a full exemption into the Web.com, with the next four getting conditional status on the tour. It’s a tough row to hoe.
There’ll be 10 Boise State athletes represented as the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary Round begins today in Lawrence, KS. The top 12 in each event advance to the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene next month. The Broncos’ best bets would be in the distances. With Allie Ostrander set to redshirt the outdoor season, fellow freshman Brenna Peloquin has been carrying the flag. Peloquin has the third-fastest time in the field in the 10,000-meters and the sixth-fastest mark in the 5,000. Peloquin runs in the first round of the 10,000 tonight. Three-time All-American David Elliott competes in the first round of the 1500-meters this evening. Elliott finished eighth in that event at nationals last year.
This Day In Sports…May 26, 1959:
An unforgettable pitching performance by Pittsburgh’s Harvey Haddix. There have been 23 perfect games in big league history, but none of them may be as impressive as one that Haddix didn’t get credit for. Haddix retired every batter he faced—36 in a row—through the first 12 innings against the Milwaukee Braves. But he lost the game in the 13th, 1-0. Haddix ended up with a 12 2/3-inning, one-hit, complete game defeat.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)