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Boise State has had some off-the-field challenges recently.
Even though Titus Young hasn't been a Bronco for a while, his legal battles have hurt the heart of many Bronco fans and players.
Add to that the dismissal of freshman all-American Sam Ukwuachu who was poised for a great career at Boise State and you have a month of heartache for all of Bronco nation.
Another news story that caused some in Boise to cringe and subsequently think about what might have been was the announcement that former Bronco Lee Hightower will be taking his talents to the University of Houston.
Hightower is another extremely talented player who was dismissed from the team for unspecified reasons last season. If nothing else, the departure of Hightower and Ukwuachu prove that coach Petersen will not bend his standards.
However, another factor in all of this is that with the struggles of Young and absence of Ukwuachu, it could help to bring a tight knit team even tighter.
After all, with adversity comes opportunity.
John Davies penned a poem in 1599 entitled Nosce Te Ipsum, translated "know thyself." In that poem he strikes a challenging truth.
So do the winds and thunders cleanse the air; So working lees settle and purge the wine; So lopped and prunëd trees do flourish fair; So doth the fire the drossy gold refine.
The Broncos have always had a chip on the shoulder.
However, add to all of that motivation the recent internal challenges along with the "us against the world" attitude that has seemingly always been there, and you have the recipe for one of those so-called "special seasons."
If for no other reason but to prove to the world that they can.