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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.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:57 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

I agree.  He has done enough at Boise State to get a head coaching gig at a big school.  There is a lot of risk @ PSU right now.  Who knows what possible sanctions will come down.  PSU is going to have a tough time getiing an established guy to come in and coach until they know what the fallout is going to be.

Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:39 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Petersen is making a mistake if his goal is to improve on his college football legacy. If his goal is to live his life in Idaho, I respect that. but here is the truth: the Sandusky thing ends, as far as the football program is concerned, as soon as a new head coach is hired. When the smoke clears, the new coach will be sitting on a sleeping giant. The Penn State football fans have not lost their (our) zeal nor respect for our team.  104 thousand people, every week.  A beautiful town to live in.  This is a great job, the kind that only come along once in a while.  all who think that this scandal is going to end PSU football prominence are....well...stupid.  If Petersen wants to stay a college football also-ran, he can stay at Boise, and their disgusting blue field, and play in the big east (what a recruiting boon that will turn out to be!  playing east coast teams when they play in the west).  they will take their place as the flash in the pan he has made them, and that's all. If he comes to Penn State, if he really does have talent, he will find he can create a beast that will dominate the east in recruiting and compete nationally every year (not just the last few).  He's a fool if he doesn't consider this job.

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:37 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

I think you are way to optimistic.  The dark cloud will be hanging over State College for years, maybe decades.  The trials have not begun.  What about possible NCAA sanctions?

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:31 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Why would he?  If he was, his agent must be brain dead.

Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:05 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Will the next coach be able preserve the legacy of child raping?

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:58 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

This "Huge Dark Cloud" over Penn State will disappear during the spring.  There will be no one remaining at the university associated with the scandal.  Maybe they do get a coordinator, regardless of who it is, Penn State will be much better than they have been under Joe because they'll have a coach that actually recruits and doesn't poop his pants on the sidelines.  This notion that Penn State can't rebound from this is absurd, simply being associated with Penn State doesn't necessarily make someone a pedophile, although the media would like to indicate otherwise.  I support the firing of Joe, but I wanted him out for the past 7-8 years.  The football team will be better next year without Joe or this scandal, than they would've been with Joe and without the scandal.  He would've continued to coach for the next 5 years (no one would even know about this cancer if he were still coaching) and the program would've contined to have a lot of 8-4 or 9-3 seasons. Now the university can have a fresh start, look out, a sleeping Giant is about to awake.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:52 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Pure genius realtalkiowa. Ped st I never heard that one before, did you make that up all by yourself in your miniscule brain. Of course the entire faculty, student body, and alumni of over half a million is made up solely of pedophiles and individuals of little or no integrity. Once a decent coach has the balls to recognize a proud program still swelling with talent and rich in tradition far beyond the recent scandal of ONE individual and takes the job., we will be back on track and where we are supposed to be in a couple years. Hopefully that track does not include the annual beatdowns we have suffered at the hands of the Hawkeyes the past decade (until this year).

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:41 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

plays competition EVERY week on par with his teams individual skill level and his employers financial budget level.

lol....verrry nice spin Mike, but let me translate:

"Boise plays against weak competition."

There, see how easy that was?


Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:39 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

They didnt decline they were never invited

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:38 pm

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

The problem with your comment is that they did win and if they had lost you would not be talking about how close it was you would be saying see they dont belong. For the record the Oklahoma game winning play was not so much a trick play but a well executed play. if you watch the replays you will notice the OU defense was in position to make that play only BSU executed the blocking which allowed it to work. This is not so much for you but in order to join a conference a team needs to be invited and to date I can not find anything that states where Boise was invited to the PAC 12 or the BIG 12.

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