Not to kill anyone's buzz but 2016 had some bitter mixed in with the sweet, but you can't appreciate the good times if you completely forget the bad, right? RIGHT? Here's your look at some moments in 2016 that won't be recalled so fondly.
January 4, 2016
DBs coach Julius Brown (a Boise State alum) is given the bum's rush by Bryan Harsin (though rumors suggest it was at the behest of Marcel Yates).
January 11, 2016
Boise State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz leaves Boise State for the same position at NC State. Drinkwitz had been a dynamo recruiter for the Boise State program and had only inhabited the OC chair for one season before he opted to take his talents elsewhere. Boise State is used to coaching turnover, but Drinkwitz departure means the Broncos will start 2016 with their 3rd new OC in as many years. Continuity be damned.
January 17, 2016
Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates (another BSU alum) leaves Boise for the same job at Arizona.
January 21, 2016
Just weeks before signing day, Boise State loses long-time quarterback commit Micah Wilson to Missouri. The Tulsa QB had turned away suitors for months after announcing he was "110% committed" to the Broncos, but Mizzou was able to do what others couldn't with an eleventh hour offer. Why Missouri? Well, his father Curtis played for the Tigers back in the 80s and unbeknownst to all of us, it was the one offer he couldn't refuse.
January 23, 2016
On the heels of Wilson's decommitment, Boise State loses 4-star RB commit Damarea Crockett to...you guessed it, Missouri. Crockett, like Wilson had seemed "rock solid" and didn't telegraph is de-commitment like other recruits are known to do. Silver lining: somehow, Alexander Mattison was still available at the late recruiting hour.
March 10, 2016
The Boise State men's basketball team is unceremoniously bounced from the MWC tournament quarterfinals by Colorado State, ending their season.
March 12, 2016
Allie Ostrander is unable to finish her 5k race at indoor nationals after dropping out with a knee injury after mile two. Ostrander was considered by many the favorite to win the national title in her first ever appearance.
April 12, 2016
From the "no one blames you" file, former starting QB Ryan Finley opts to transfer after failing to wrest the starting gig back from sophomore Brett Rypien. The news, while understandable, doesn't exactly do wonders for depth at the position, as Alex Ogle had opted to transfer to a JuCo in December.
April 18, 2016
Wrestling coach Greg Randall, the longest tenured coach at the university, is let go following his third consecutive losing season. Randall had been a coach at Boise State for 23 years, with 14 of those being in the head coaching seat. Randall had once led the Broncos to six straight Top-25 appearances and 4 Pac-12 titles, but the squad had fallen on hard times of late and had a dual record of 9-26 the previous 3 seasons.
October 29, 2016
The previously unbeaten (7-0) Broncos fall to Wyoming in Laramie after a safety in the game's final minute dooms the Broncos to a 2-point defeat. Wyoming had stormed back from an 8-point deficit to tie the game up at 28 before the goal line miscue costs the Broncos the game (and their plum spot in the polls).
November 25, 2016
Boise State again has their title game hopes dashed by Air Force...again. Wyoming gave Boise State all the help they needed after losing to UNLV (and then UNM), but the Broncos again couldn't capitalize and dropped a third straight game to the Falcons. Boise State had 4 downs to punch in a game-tying score on the goal line as the clock wound down in the fourth but were repeatedly stuffed, leaving the victory to Air Force. Rypien was 9-for-26. Yes, you read that right.
December 23, 2016
Safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner is dismissed from the team. DSG was the highest-rated recruit to ever sign with Boise State, but had a tumultuous career filled with injury and suspension (in the case of the 2016 season—both).
February 10, 2016
The Boise State men's basketball team drops a pivotal double-OT game to Colorado State. The loss would've been fairly routine had James Webb III not sank a game-winning 3 as time expired in regulation. The video replay showed that Webb beat the clock, but the MWC refs second-guessed their lying eyes and employed a stopwatch in determining that his shot should be disallowed.
Slow-motion video of James Webb III's 3-pointer to beat Colorado State that was later called off. pic.twitter.com/2RPiWizl14— Matt L. Stephens (@MattStephens) February 11, 2016
February 13, 2016
The Mountain West confirms what everyone already knew...Webb's basket should've been counted, HOWEVER, because there was no precedent for it, the game is still called for CSU.
May 25, 2016
Two Bronco defenders, LB Marquis Hendrix and CB Donzale Roddie, are expelled from school after a sexual misconduct investigation. A third, DB Darreon Jackson is suspended for a year after the same investigation. On appeal, Jackson has his suspension reduced to a semester, but opts not to return to Boise State.
May 26, 2016
It comes to light that sophomore Bronco DT Dereck Boles, kicked off the team in February, was let go because of a fight with a BSU teammate wherein he pulled a Mike Tyson and bit a chunk of said teammates ear off. Boles was extradited back to Boise from Lakeland, FL on an outstanding warrant for felony mayhem.
November 18, 2016
It's revealed in the Statesman that when Marcel Yates skipped town he did so with lawsuits and business debts hanging over his head. Furthermore, the article reveals that Yates' marriage had collapsed under the weight of the financial and legal issues. Seems the rumors that Yates had been nudged out the door by Harsin over a lack of focus might have had some weight.
December 27, 2016
Boise State comes out flat as Crystal Pepsi against Baylor and never really gets in the Cactus Bowl. The 19-point loss is the biggest bowl defeat in Boise State history and though the opponent was a well-respected offensive machine, they’d dropped 6 straight and probably shouldn’t have dispatched the Broncos with such ease. Boise State had drive after drive reach the redzone only to fizzle. C’est la vie.