[Vision2020] Governor Otter's Screwed Up Priorities

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Wed Jul 28 12:29:27 PDT 2010

Courtesy of the Idaho Statesman at:





Gov. Otter to explore options for saving Boise State-Idaho football game

Brian Murphy and Dan Popkey - Idaho Statesman


One day after Boise State University president Bob Kustra blasted Idaho fans
and declared the annual Broncos-Vandals rivalry game all but dead, Idaho
Gov. Butch Otter said he would explore options for keeping the game going.


"I think it's healthy, I think it's a good thing for us to have and I think
it's a great tradition that we've had," Otter said before the Boise Metro
Chamber luncheon where he was seated at the head table with Kustra. ". I
hope we can do everything we can do to make it continue."


Boise State is leaving the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West
Conference on July 1, 2011. Idaho is a member of the WAC.


"I don't know what my options are, what my authorities are," said Otter, who
played spring football at then-Boise Junior College in 1964 but never played
in a game. "Personally, I'm all for it. Administratively, I don't know what
my authorities are."


Otter said he would have his attorney, David Hensley, explore his options.


Kustra told the Idaho Statesman's editorial board that he refuses to travel
to Moscow for games because "it's a culture that is nasty, inebriated and
civilly doesn't give our fans the respect that any fan should expect when
visiting an away game." Boise State coach Chris Petersen said Monday that he
does not want to visit Moscow for games.


"Why should we?" he said. "I don't think our fans even like to go up there."


Kustra continued: "I frankly don't care whether we ever play 'em again as
long as it goes."


Idaho coach Robb Akey suggested Monday that the governor may have to get
involved to save the rivalry.


"It's a good thing for our state. It's a good thing for both schools," Akey
told reporters at the WAC football preview in Salt Lake City. "I'm a
proponent of keeping that thing going. It's going to come down to the two
universities and maybe the governor saying, 'Hey, this is an important game
that needs to be played and needs to be played home and home or not at all.'


Otter said he wants the rivalry to continue.


"I want them to do it for the right reason. I really think they've always
done it for the right reason in the past because they've enjoyed the spirit,
they've enjoyed the energy, the enthusiasm that builds for it," Otter said.



Hey, I'm as much a Vandal "fan"atic as the next guy (even more so) and I,
too, would like to keep this rivalry alive.


But . . .


Where does Governor Otter stand on more important issues, such as THE


Or aren't those issues worth his time?


Seeya at the games AND the Highway 12/Upper Lochsa Land Exchange
discussions, V-peeps.


Tom Hansen

Moscow, Idaho


"The Pessimist complains about the wind, the Optimist expects it to change
and the Realist adjusts his sails." 


- Unknown 


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