But the Boise State Broncos are not just a one trick pony. By now most MWC hoops teams are aware that the Broncos have a young and much improved mens basketball program as well. Under new head coach Leon Rice, this past year the Broncos showed they were on the cusp of something good and much more than just the step up from the old WAC doormat they have been seen as in previous seasons. Rice's Broncos finished 2nd in the WAC last year with a record of 22-13 and a trip to the CBI Tournament where they beat Austin Peay in the 1st round, Evansville in the quarterfinals, before finally losing to Oregon in the semifinals. But for the loss to Utah State they would have ended up at the big dance.
The Broncos basketball are getting better. In 2008 the Broncos joined the "10-20-20" club (10 football wins, 20 men's basketball wins, 20 women's basketball wins) for the 2007-08 season, only the 20th school since 1980 to achieve the feat. But besides football and both men's and women's basketball teams there are a lot of other Boise State sports programs with excellent records and good levels of competitiveness that the Boise State Broncos will be bringing.
For instance, not many know that Boise State has won six different conference championships in 12 sports of the 2010-11 school year. For the third time in four years, the Boise State gymnastics team won the WAC championship this past March — joining the BSU football team (WAC), the men’s cross country squad (WAC), the men’s indoor track team (WAC), the swimming and diving team (WAC) and the BSU wrestling team (Pac-10) with their championships.
Yes, I said the Pac 10 championship. The Broncos Wrestling team is actually in the Pac10 (now the Pac12) and have been since 1988. This year, the Bronco wrestlers captured their sixth Pac10 Championship title in program history, and in March sent a record 10 players to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete in the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. But the wrestling team is the only one of seventeen varsity sports teams that won't be coming with the rest of the Broncos to the MWC.
The Boise State track and field teams will be a great additon to the MWC. And the coaches have produced good teams in both the mens and womens programs this past season. The men tyed Utah State in the 2011 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, giving the Bronco men their fifth WAC team title in eight years, while the lady Broncos captured a fourth-place finish for themselves. Two of the men Broncos advanced to the NCAA Track and Field Championships recently in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Boise State cross country teams also won a WAC Championship this past year. They concluded their final season in the WAC in November competing at the 2010 NCAA West Region Championships at Springfield Country Club, where the Bronco men made history by earning a seventh-place team finish out of 25 teams, the best in school history.