After a fairly quiet week in Broncoland, the end of the workday today brought some good news and some bad(ish).
First, the good—the Broncos were able to get a verbal commitment from some top in-state talent when 3-star OT Kole Bailey pledged his allegiance to The Blue. The staff had offered the standout Twin Falls lineman after his stint at Boise State's camp last weekend, and it certainly seemed like the offer was the one Bailey had been waiting for—as he told B.J. Rains of the Press-Tribune:
"It feels amazing," Bailey said of the Boise State offer. "The whole process has been awesome and I absolutely love everything about the program. It feels like a place I could and would want to call home."
Bailey visited Oregon last week for camp and liked the operation in Duckland, but right before Harsin's "GO BRONCOS" heraldry, he tweeted a vague, but encouraging tweet...
It's time to bring everything thing back down to earth and do what I've known has been right for me the whole time. My vision is clear again— Kole Bailey (@KoleBailey) June 19, 2015
About an hour later, sneaking suspicions were confirmed when Bailey himself broke the news:
Praising the program, coaches and fans? You'll go far, kid. Bailey had garnered plenty of Pac-12 attention, but thus far had only snared a Nevada offer (ew) and one from USD. I feel confident in saying we have an excellent chance of holding on to the homegrown hoss.
Bailey is the 5th verbal commitment of the 2016 class (well, sixth actually, but Isaiah Hayes bolted for Rich Rod-ier pastures) and first O-lineman.
Now the bad-depending-on-your-worldview news: AD Mark Coyle is departing Boise for the same job at Syracuse. Coyle spent just over 3 years in Boise after Gene Bleymeier's departure and oversaw some tumultuous/interesting times at the university. Some of Coyle's biggest accomplishments as AD were setting the stage for some great future home-and-home series with the likes of Florida State, Oklahoma State and Virginia, finally pushing through the long-desired audio and visual upgrades at Bronco Stadium and Taco Bell Arena, the hiring of Bryan Harsin, and retaining basketball coach Leon Rice. Furthermore, Coyle procured basketball matchups with national powerhouses Kentucky and Wisconsin on his watch.
Coyle, who came to Boise State from the University of Kentucky, did a fine job in his 3 years and I think helped advance scheduling and fundraising for the Broncos. In short, he'll leave the athletic programs better than he found them. No clue as to who Coyle's replacement might be, but names like Curt Apsey and Brad Larrondo are already swirling around the twittersphere. We'll keep you all posted on any developments.