Chris Petersen

Sorry Stanford: Petersen to remain at Boise State


It’s official: Stanford can cross Chris Petersen off their to-do list.

Rumored to be the front-runner for the job vacated by Jim Harbaugh, the Boise State head coach has instead decided to remain with the Broncos.  Again.  In a press release issued by BSU, the school announced that Petersen “is staying at Boise State to continue directing the football program.”  Additionally, the school announced two very familiar additions to the coaching staff.

Brent Pease, hired less than two weeks ago to be Indiana’s offensive coordinator, is coming back to the Broncos to fill the same role after Bryan Harsin left for Texas.  Pease has spent the past five seasons as BSU’s quarterbacks coach.

Petersen also announced that Robert Prince has been named wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.  Prince had served as a BSU assistant early last decade, and spent last season at Colorado.

“I can’t express enough how happy we are to have two outstanding coaches back on our staff,” Petersen commented.  “Brent (Pease) has played an important role in our success the past five years and having him take over the direction of the offense is a major plus as we move forward at Boise State.

“Robert (Prince) and I worked closely together 10 years ago in helping lay the foundation of the program and I feel fortunate to have him back on staff.  He is an outstanding coach who I’m sure will be able to inject several new ideas into our offensive game plan.”

As for Stanford and the direction they will now turn for a head coach, it appears very likely they will stay in-house for a replacement.  In particular, offensive coordinator David Shaw is heavily rumored to be the front-runner — especially if the school listens to the players — now that Petersen is officially out of the mix.

Badgers losing top TE for 4-8 weeks

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tight end Austin Traylor #46 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a 38 yard reception during the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

A UW official confirmed to that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.  As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.

At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers.  At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.

Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.

Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team.  He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.