Blue Collar Mentality: Boise State's Rise to Football Prominence

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Tate Publishing, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 205 pages
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When the Boise State University football team rushed onto the field to take on the University of Oklahoma Sooners in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, the Broncos were in a position to begin a new tradition, or be party to an old one. That day was the culmination of a meteoric rise for a school essentially still making the transition to Division I football. From its humble beginnings as Boise Junior College to its status as a perennial top 25 team, author Tom Barbour follows the Broncos as they ascend to national prominence in his book, Blue Collar Mentality. Through meticulous research and individual interviews, Tom discovers what makes up a football program relying on a Blue Collar Mentality, rather than blue chip players to find itself, year after year, in the hunt for a top 10 ranking and a major bowl berth.
 

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Contents

The Fiesta of All Fiestas
25
MidMajor vs Major
37
Whats in a Rating?
47
Blue Chip
57
Number One
71
Who are These Guys?
81
In The Beginning
89
Magic of The Blue
103
A Dynasty in the Making
121
Overachievers or Overlooked?
131
Talent is as Talent Does
141
Whats the Formula?
155
A Philosophy for Winning
167
Theyre no Boise State
183
What a Great Place to Live
197
Copyright

Football in the Gem State
111

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