Boise State’s marquee Friday home game against Colorado State has been postponed and the entire team has been placed in quarantine due to COVID-19 protocols.
The earliest the Broncos could resume practice is Friday and the earliest they would have enough eligible players to play a game is Sunday, athletic director Jeramiah Dickey said in a string of posts to his Twitter account on Wednesday night.
The postponement is the third in a row for the Broncos since multiple members of the traveling party tested positive for COVID-19 just hours before they were supposed to play at Wyoming. That game was postponed, as was a Jan. 4 game at Utah State.
“Following the guidance of university and local health officials, all student-athletes, coaches and staff who were members of the travel party entered quarantine upon returning to Boise,” Dickey said on social media. “We continue to test daily and anticipate returning to organized team activity Friday with the members of the program who have cleared protocols at that point.
“The earliest the minimum number of student-athletes and coaches would be eligible to return to competition is Sunday.”
Nevada is also dealing with COVID-19 issues, forcing its game against San Diego State this weekend to also be postponed. The Mountain West announced Wednesday that San Diego State and Colorado State would instead play each other on Saturday in San Diego on CBS.
Boise State is next scheduled to play at Nevada on Jan. 12, but that game appears in doubt as well due to Nevada’s recent issues.
“We will return to competition as soon as we reach the minimum number of participants and hope to compete against the next team on our schedule,” Dickey wrote. “With the uncertainty that still exists, we fully support the Mountain West’s decision to shuffle the schedule in the best interest of our conference.”