Boise State is, and has long been used as the measuring stick for Group of Five / non-BCS programs in college football. Over the past few decades they've proven they can go toe-to-toe with college football blue blood programs (like Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl) and give them everything they'd bargained for, and then some.
So at the tail end of the season, when the top 20 ranked Broncos have one loss (to BYU) and squeak out a win in overtime to conference foe Wyoming, many people seem to think the sky may be falling...and it's those people who take to social media to try and sound like they know what they're talking about. Of course, the tone of those interactions are seldom positive, and the phrase "troll" comes to mind to describe those types of folks.
Yesterday, at his weekly presser, Bryan Harsin was asked about the negativity on social media related to his squad and if he's ever surprised by it.
"In today's world? No. Because I see things on social media at times where it's the perfect setup," Harsin shares at about the 3-minute mark. "You can read somebody's comment and usually the first one is negative. That's just how people are."
"Especially the ones that are on, the 'Twidiots,' and those that are on things like that. That's just...that's their voice. Think about this. This is what I tell our coaches and players to try and get it across. You used to have to actually be somebody to have an opinion, which means you had to work your way into a position where your opinion actually mattered."
"It used to be, 'Hey, don't say anything' until you have the knowledge, the wisdom, and a little bit of expertise to go up there and actually provide a valuable opinion. You don't have to do that anymore. Any idiot can say whatever they want, and they usually do, and they're negative."
"I've gotten to the point where I feel sorry that people feel that way. That their lives don't have the purpose, the passion, the excitement and the enjoyment that so many of us do."
Harsin goes on to share a number of other solid thoughts on his perspective on social media and how he, and his players should be handling it. See it all below.