Posted by Chip Patterson
One of the hottest names in college football, and one of the top choices for Stanford's next coach, is not going to be relocating before the 2011 season. Boise State head coach Chris Petersen announced Monday that he will be staying with the Broncos to "continue directing the football program." Petersen's name pops up on the radar of most major job openings, as different school's have hoped to win the coach with the allure of a big-time program.
Many believed that the school with the best chance to do that was Stanford, with the Cardinal looking to replace head coach Jim Harbaugh - now with the San Francisco 49ers. The Orange Bowl champions have a strong core returning in 2011, led by Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck. But Petersen is returning to his own Heisman finalist, Kellen Moore, and the Broncos will focus on competing for a National Championship again in 2011.
Boise State also announced that Indiana offensive coordinator Brent Pease would return to become the new offensive coordinator, and quarterback coach Ron Prince would move over to coach the wide receivers and serve as the pass game coordinator. Now, with a full coaching staff, the Broncos will go into tonight's National Championship evening ready to begin plans to make their own run in 2011. Pease returns to the Broncos after being hired away as Indiana's offensive coordinator just weeks ago. Pease, wide receivers coach at the time, accepted the promotion to OC when he moved to Indiana, but quickly answered when Boise State called him back to fill in for Bryan Harsin, who departed to join Mack Brown's staff at Texas.