The University of Washington announced its first opponent for when Husky Stadium reopens in 2013: Boise State.
The Huskies and Broncos announced a home-and-home series on Wednesday. The Broncos will be Washington’s first opponent when Husky Stadium is finished with a $250 million renovation.
The teams will meet on Sept. 7, 2013, in Seattle, and the Huskies will make the return trip to Boise on Sept. 19, 2015. Washington will become the fourth current Pac-10 team to play the Broncos in Boise, joining Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State.
The teams have met only once before, with the Huskies taking a 24-10 victory over Boise State in Seattle during the 2007 season.
COUG COACHES OUT
Multiple sources confirmed reports that Washington State assistant football coaches Malik Roberson and Travis Niekamp will not be part of the 2011 Cougars staff, but a school spokesperson said no staff changes have been made.
Coach Paul Wulff could not be reached for comment.
Wulff and Roberson played for the Cougars, and Niekamp came to WSU from Eastern Washington after the 2007 season.
Roberson has coached the defensive line, and Niekamp has been in charge of linebackers. WSU’s defense has ranked among the worst in the Football Bowl Subdivision the past three years.
FootballScoop.com first reported that Roberson and Niekamp will not be retained. Cougfan.com later confirmed Roberson’s status.
Howie Stalwick, contributing writer
MILES GETS NEW DEAL
LSU announced that Tigers coach Les Miles had agreed to a new contract that would keep him living in Baton Rouge, La., for the next seven seasons.
Miles’ annual salary will remain the same at a little more than $3.75 million. However, his new deal gives him three additional years and more opportunities to win bonuses based on postseason success.
Auburn will hold an hour-long celebration for the Tigers’ national championship Jan. 22 at Jordan-Hare Stadium on campus. Auburn won its first national title since 1957 Monday night with a 22-19 win over Oregon. All-America receiver Justin Blackmon and standout quarterback Brandon Weeden are bypassing the NFL draft and returning to Oklahoma State. Michigan said quarterback Tate Forcier, a starter in 2009 and Denard Robinson’s backup this season, is no longer with the program. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame’s leading receiver this past season and one of the top pass catchers in school history, will forgo the NFL draft and return for his senior season. Rocky Long is the new coach at San Diego State, promoted from defensive coordinator after Brady Hoke was hired away by Michigan. Mississippi State has hired former Florida International defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as its co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.