Legendary Boise State Football Coach Lyle Smith Has Passed Away. Former Players React
He’s known as the godfather of Boise State. His statue sits just outside Albertsons Stadium. Last night, we lost one of the greats. Those who knew him and are now playing in the NFL react to Coach’s passing.
— Rob Ash (@heyyoitsrobb) September 8, 2016
Lyle Smith served as head football coach at Boise Junior College starting in 1947. He stayed for 20 years at the school only leaving for military duty.
His coaching stint didn’t stop there. Coach Smith was the head basketball coach at Boise Junior College and then moved on to becoming the athletic director from 1968-1981. Basically, he ruled the world of athletics when it came to Boise Junior College – later Boise State University (around 1965).
At 101 years young, Lyle Smith, father of Boise State football, has passed.
Rest Easy! https://t.co/2ChO69J2GC
— Jeron Johnson (@Jus_Showoff) July 26, 2017
RIP coach Lyle Smith you gave this earth everything you could for 101 years. You'll always be remembered
— Jeremy McNichols (@JeremyMcNichols) July 26, 2017
Sad that Boise State Coach Lyle Smith passed at 101 yrs old. Here's a current pic of his field; rain clouds, yet the sun shines through. pic.twitter.com/R4vHvm9gX6
— Eric Kile (@erickile) July 26, 2017
Rest In peace, Coach Smith. You are a legend and the only man who can compete with me in Bronco lore. #RIPLyleSmith
— Cocky Kellen Moore (@CockyKellen) July 26, 2017