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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: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

If Petersen didn't jump at one of the Pac 12 jobs, he's not leaving Boise anytime soon.  The west coast is his recruiting playground and those types of kids would not be coming to Happy Valley.  The move to the Big East makes perfect sense because the confernce talent won't be an upgrade but playing in the eastern time zone will give them exposure to media they have yet to see and should be the difference at 10-1 between the Poinsetta Bowl and the Sugar Bowl.  Smart move Boise, I hope you didn't think the Big East was keeping its AQ status, but you know the Mountain West ain't getting it, more exposure can equal bigger bowl games and payouts.




Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

I would not want to be the next coach at Penn St. They will be in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the next few years and the fact that this scandal will hurt recruiting in the future will make it even tougher to win in Happy Valley. 



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Boise St. would dominate the ALWAYS overrated bigTEN! ask Oklahoma..VA Tech, Georgia,Oregon. The conniving "powers that be" who run the pathetic BCS FEAR the living hell out Boise ST. Wisconsin???REALLY were did that come from. When the Broncos get an opprtunity(again ask OKLAHOMA,GEORGIA,etc THEY DELIVER!!!! wisconsin lmao...MICHIGAN?? please.that's like saying the Atari 2600 is still hot!



Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Boise State would love to be a part of the PAC 12 or another major conference.  However, the Big East was a step up and does at this time provide an automatic qualifier.  As you well know, money talks and the Boise market is small  (although larger than Pullman/Spokane) which does not make it attractive to other major conferences.   We'll just have to take it a step at a time, prove ourselves against increasingly better overall competition and hope we can keep Coach Pete through all this. 



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

This makes perfect sense for Petersen.  Boise State is going to the Patsy Big East Conference, and may be in an aq MWC Conference next season.  Why compete against the Big 10 to get to a BCS game when you can competge against the likes of USF, UConn, Rutgers, and all of the other patsies who make up the Big Least.  Boise already dominates teams like San Diego State, Houston, and SMU, teams that they would play each season.  Why swap those teams for Michigan, Ohio State, wisconsin, and the other Big 10 teams?



Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

The reality is that all teams that play Boise State are "geared up" as the Broncos are consistently ranked among the elite of football.  And  a "geared up" BSU beats a "geared up" Virginia Tech, Georgia, Oregon (twice).  You can bet that each of those opponents wanted to open their seasons with wins and were not looking past the Broncos.  The difference maker for the Broncos has been Coach Pete due to the players' confidence and respect for him and his winning strategies on the field.  He is the best coach the Broncos have had and hopefully he will be with BSU for a while.




Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Patsfam1, you don't get the point. Easier to gear up for two or three games a year as opposed to seven or more. The attrition physically in The BIG is brutal. Conference with eight or nine easy games a year is a different animal. He clearly is a good coach, but it would be a whole new ballgame in a power conference, particulary one with very rigid academic standards unlike the SEC.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

I think any program would be happy to have Coach Peterson. He's won even at a school that must be a tough sell to get top recruits. Imagine what he could do at a top program? I'm happy that he is motivated by more that just the fattest contract. I hope BSU rewards him for his loyalty.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

could'nt handle the pressure, record doesn.t exactly back that now does it? checkout wins against bcs teams, not to mention beating vt and georga in your so called huge statiums. have a clue



Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Report: Chris Petersen not interested in Penn St.

Chris Peterson is certainly among the elite coaches in recent years.  He is 6-0 against teams from BCS conferences including beating teams like Oregon, Georgia and Virginia Tech on (or very near) their home turf.  He is a master motivator and given preparation time can beat any team in the country.  LSU knows BSU would have been a formidable opponent given preparation and healing time for injuries and are likely thankful they are playing another SEC opponent. 

Coach Pete enjoys the quality of life in Boise and always puts his own family first in any decision.  He may someday leave Boise but it will only be after another team can convice him that the quality of life for his family remains at the high standard he has set or if fickle boosters exert pressure if BSU suddenly has 2-3 loss seasons. 


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