Rocky Long is the new head coach at San Diego State and he’s wasted no time asserting himself as a powerful voice. The former Aztecs defensive coordinator took a shot at Boise State in an interview with the Idaho Statesman, complaining about the Broncos’ home field.
“I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf. I think it’s unfair,” said Long. “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, according to the Statesman.
Boise State’s upcoming move to the Mountain West is what inspired the statement, and my guess is the Broncos will remember his remark and pour 60 on them in the fall. Even though many of us would love to see the blue turf banned, it distinguishes Boise State and adds to their mystique. In other words, it’s not going away.
In fact, the trend seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Like our friends at New Era Radio say, maybe San Diego State needs to consider changing the color of their turf for an advantage of their own. I know Oregon State would agree.
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