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Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Posted on: December 26, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 2:19 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Well, you can't blame Penn State for trying, can you? 

The Nittany Lions are conducting what by their own admission has a been a "deliberate and measured" search for Joe Paterno's replacement and are the final FBS team to fill their 2011 head coaching vacancy. But any complaints would have been quickly silenced if they could become the program that finally pries away Chris Petersen from Boise State. It's no surprise a Penn St. official reportedly visited Idaho twice last week in an effort to make the program's pitch to Petersen. 

But like every other previous suitor for the Bronco coach's services, that pitch has fallen on deaf ears--if it was ever even heard in the first place. The Patriot-News's David Jones has reported that Petersen "has made it known he is not interested in Penn State's vacant head coaching position."

Jones writes that the decision is "no shocker," and surely it isn't; after he turned down all manner of high-profile jobs the previous several offseasons (including UCLA earlier this month), convincing Petersen to take a scandal-plagued position that several lesser coaches have already shied away from was always the longest of long shots.

But given the position Penn State finds itself in -- no coach and not even any real leads on one, with Signing Day rapidly approaching and the fanbase growing more nervous by the day -- Petersen was the kind of prize that was worth taking that shot anyway. The only criticism to be made is if that shot came out of desperation, and with it having failed, the search is poised to go on for several more days ... or even weeks.
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Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

To be sure boise is not anything close to a powerhouse. They will be very lucky to be a top 20 next year. Peterson has proved to be a good coach, but should stay where he is to keep that "great"status. I agree that Penn state should stay in house for a while and see what happens. No great or even good coach with a brain would want to be there for a few years. 



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Well as an SDSU Alumn and fan and know that BSU and SDSU will be having a little rivalry heading in to both schools last season in the MWC and leaving for the Big East together...... I must say, I like BSU coach more and more..... now a days coachs leave there teams for the bigger schools and more money instead of staying and seeing through what they started....... good to see BSU's coach stay... I respect that..... wish brady Hoke would have stayed at SDSU instead of leaving for Michigan I think Hoke and Peterson and SDSU and BSu would have had many GREAT games...... not to say we still wont but Hoke was a good fit at SDSU.




Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Well as an SDSU Alumn and fan and know that BSU and SDSU will be having a little rivalry heading in to both schools last season in the MWC and leaving for the Big East together...... I must say, I like BSU coach more and more..... now a days coachs leave there teams for the bigger schools and more money instead of staying and seeing through what they started....... good to see BSU's coach stay... I respect that..... wish brady Hoke would have stayed at SDSU instead of leaving for Michigan I think Hoke and Peterson and SDSU and BSu would have had many GREAT games...... not to say we still wont but Hoke was a good fit at SDSU.




Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

 They'll be lucky to lure Gerry Faust out of retirement.


This is truly a priceless analysis and comment.



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

It is too early to name Boise State a power house.   I hope they will be and it is fun to watch a team grows.  It might be in the future then it will be invited to join the power house conference.  Boise State is looking good now and I hope they can compete in big house conference to prove it.  They are not invited to BCS because of their weak schedule.  It is not fair to Boise State but it wouldn't be fair to other top teams that went through a series of tough games if Boise State were invited to BCS.  Hard to judge anyway.... 



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

I agree that Petersen would better stay in Boise where he enjoys his family life and successful program.  You always stay where you do better.  Penn State has been criticized a lot due to the recent event.  But I think as time goes, legal process can justify it.  It is not a right step for Penn State to consider someone out of their current staff.  Petersen is a great coach but he may not be a better fit for Penn State than Bradley.  Bradley has been with the team for more than 30 yrs with a proven record.  Penn State should let him run a couples years at least for evaluation instead of giving the media guessing game.... 



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Of course not he would be stupid if he did.  He built a progam that had no football reputation and made it a powerhouse



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Penn States situation is a tough one . The University has had a great reputation in both acadimics and athletics . And all brought down by not enforing rules and laws that govern our society . Is it greed ? Is it wanting to become "involved". It is not from not knowing . Sanduskys lifestye had been noted . Do those that were leaders have no comcious . This coaching position will be hard to fill . The stigma that Jerry Sandusky and those that looked the other have laid upon Penn St will linger . long and overwhelming . Would you now want your child to attend Penn St ? To get someone to want to come into this chaos will be hard . The new coach will need to have strong previous ties to the school , they will have to have the heart to withstand those looks of amazement from family and friends when they say they have taken the Penn St job . To steal a quote from an old baseball movie , " Say it ain't so Joe ."



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

"Can anyone who says that "Boise State needs to join a real conference" please SHUT UP! Boise would join any of the big 5 conferences in a heartbeat. So, either demand that the SEC offer an invitation to Boise or please quit complaining that Boise should join a real conference. They are doing everything they can to move up to a better conference. I assure you that Boise would take an SEC invitation if offered. They are joining the Big East just have a shot at an AQ conference for crying out loud."

You know I am glad that there are the fans of BCS teams/conferences who are objective about things and actually get it.  The people who make the kinds of ignorant comments that you are talking about are generally the ones who have never had to have their team move into a conference.  I think the best comparison to getting into one of the big 5 BCS conferences is like going and applying for membership at an exclusive country club.  You might be the best polo player, golfer, racketball player, etc. but if you don't make enough money you aren't getting through that door.  



Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

The fact of the matter is that even though Penn State got rid of the people involved in this scandal, the association and issues invovled with this scandal and the Penn State name (let's face it you can't seperate Joe Paterno and Penn State no matter how hard you try).  I remember being in elementary school and even though I didn't know much about football I always remember Joe Pa and Penn State being hand in hand.  The point is that this will have long reaching and negative effects at Penn State.  A couple of years ago if you were a recruit headed for Penn State and told people about it, People would know that you were going to a school with great tradition and a man with one of the greatest legacys in college football, now you go there and people know you for going to a university that is associated with individuals who were part of one of the worst scandals in college football history.  The bottom line is that coach Peterson is more likely to get better recruits at Boise State than he would for the next few years at Penn State, to say nothing of him having to completely strip the Penn State football program down and rebuild it peice by peice versus a BSU program that he has already built the way he wants it.  This is to say nothing of his personal life.  I used to live on the east coast and Pennsylvania has some beautiful country (and also one or two of the country's nastiest cities), but Coach Peterson is definitely more at home in the Western States.  A lot of people don't know it but coach peterson did do a season as the reciever's coach at Pitt and he has stated he just didn't feel at home on the east coast.  Coach Peterson's father still lives in Yuba City, CA (just north of Sacramento) and it is much easier for him to get a direct flight from Boise to Sacramento to be at his father's side than it would be for him to go from Pennsylvania to Sacramento.  


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