Donors push for Gene Bleymaier's name on new football facility

Donors push for Gene Bleymaier's name on new football facility
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Boise, IDAHO (KBOI-TV) Boise State will ask the Idaho State Board of Education for permission to name its new football facility after former Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier, now in the same position at San Jose State University.

Lead project donors Larry Williams and Jerry Caven made that request in November 2010, nine months before Bleymaier was fired by Boise State in the wake of a 'lack of institutional control' ruling and punishment by the NCAA against Bronco athletics.

Boise State President Bob Kustra was quoted in support of the move in a university press release.

“Boise State owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Caven and Williams families for their ongoing generosity, and for suggesting this recognition of Gene’s work and accomplishments,” Kustra said.

Bleymaier was Boise State's Athletic Director between 1982 and 2011, directing bronco athletics through membership in four conferences and helping build nearly all of the program's facilities.

The request goes before the State Board of Education at its quarterly meeting this Thursday in Boise.