Boise State coach wades through icy river for home sellout

Kevin Kaduk
The Dagger
Boise State coach Leon Rice wades through the Boise River. (Screenshot)
Boise State coach Leon Rice wades through the Boise River. (Screenshot)

Leon Rice is a man of his word.

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After pledging he’d “wade across” the Boise River if his team played in front of a sellout, the Boise State basketball coach did just that. With a Saturday night sellout against San Diego State assured, Rice waded across the river on Saturday afternoon.  The clip was later played during Boise’s 83-80 win over San Diego State, a victory that moved the Broncos to 15-3 and kept them a half-game behind Nevada for first place in the Mountain West.

“Son of a nutcracker, that’s cold,” Rice said as he stepped into the river. He said the water’s temperature was 37 degrees.

Watch his whole voyage here:


While Rice could’ve picked a deeper spot in the river, we’re glad he chose an easy spot to cross. Boise State’s season is going too well to lose a coach to hypothermia or, worse, drowning.

 

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