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Idaho vs. Boise St. Rivalry: Gov. Otter Can't, Won't Intervene

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Idaho governor Butch Otter said he'd like the Boise State-Idaho rivalry to continue, but he's not going to insert himself into the controversy that has the University of Idaho and its fans in an uproar.

The Republican governor initially told the Idaho Statesman that he would look into what he could do to make sure the two teams continue playing each other after the Broncos leave the conference 2011. But then a few hours later, his office released a statement saying there was nothing he could do.

"As a football fan and an Idahoan, I'd like to see the series continue," he said. "As Governor, I have no authority, no role and no interest in micromanaging our universities' football programs. That's why we hire university presidents, athletic directors and coaches. I have every confidence that they'll work things out.

The governor backed into the controversy after Boise State's president Bob Kustra said Vandal fans harbor a "culture that is nasty" and "inebriated". Both he and head coach Chris Peterson said publicly they don't care whether the rivalry continues. Peterson said he doesn't want to play games in Moscow.

After hearing what Peterson and Kustra said, Idaho coach Robb Akey said Otter would have to get involved to save the rivalry, calling the yearly contests "good for the state" and "good for both schools".

"I want them to do it for the right reason," Otter told the Idaho Statesman. "… I don't remember a lot of fistfights in the parking lot. "

 

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