Boise State Broncos quarterback Ryan Finley may have some alcohol-related misdemeanors to worry about, but it shouldn’t affect his eligibility. Speaking to B.J. Rains of the Idaho Press, head football coach Bryan Harsin said that Finley would not be suspended and was eligible to play in the team’s season opener against Washington.
“Because of what’s happened and where the court case is as well, absolutely,” Broncos head coach Bryan Harsinstated when asked if Finley will be eligible to play in the highly-anticipated openeragainst Washington Sept. 4. “And I’ll say this with absolute confidence: Ryan has done everything we’ve asked of him. I can’t ask him to do more than what he’s done. I’m proud of him.
“This is obviously disappointing, we all understand that, but if guys can make up for their mistakes and I believe he’s done that from our standpoint, then we’re good.”
“We’ve obviously talked and dealt with Ryan and his situation and we’ve done it the way we’re going to do it, the way I’m going to handle it,” Harsin said. “I feel comfortable with what he’s done and what I’ve asked him to do and how he’s responded. I know the situation, and I know Ryan.”
Finley’s pretrial conference isn’t until the end of September so if he does indeed play, it could raise some eyebrows. Just the same, he is only charged with two misdemeanors related to alcohol, so it could be worse. Here’s hoping he has learned from the experience and can keep the Broncos contenders as he is likely to be the team’s starter under center.
Finley appeared in five games as a reserve last season and completed 12 of 27 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
Boise State’s season opener against Washington takes place at Bronco Stadium on September 4.
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