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Report: Petersen turned down $4 million per from Bruins

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How bad did Chris Petersen either not want to leave Boise or go to Los Angeles?  He looked several million reasons squarely in the eye — and didn’t blink and, most importantly for his current employer, didn’t budge.

Earlier Friday, it was reported that Petersen had said, in essence, “thanks to no thanks” to the opportunity to replace Rick Neuheisel at UCLA.  The Los Angeles Times is now reporting that Petersen was offered a contract by the Bruins that would’ve paid the Boise State head coach close to $4 million annually.

Additionally, and perhaps more importantly to Petersen, the salary pool for his coaching staff would’ve been in the SEC-like neighborhood of $3 million a year.

To put those figures into the proper perspective, Petersen will make $1.525 in guaranteed compensation this season and his current contract, with annual $100,000 increases, will max out at just over $1.9 million in 2015.  The salary pool for his assistants is somewhere just shy of $2 million.

And yet, as he has multiple times over the past several years, Petersen opted not to pursue an opportunity at a “bigger” program and stay right where he’s been for the past 11 seasons.

The Times writes that Petersen turned down the latest offer by the Bruins — he was pursued when the job last came open following the 2007 season — “because of lifestyle reasons.”  Or, as Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman put it on Twitter, “If/when Chris Petersen leaves Boise State, it will be more about fit than money.”

One of these days, people will actually start to understand that about Petersen.

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19 Responses to “Report: Petersen turned down $4 million per from Bruins”
  1. trapshoot says: Dec 2, 2011 10:28 PM

    Smart man to take the life style in Idaho over the maddness of California.

  2. lbijake says: Dec 2, 2011 10:42 PM

    I do not know how he can be a success in big time college ball. He puts personal life over money. Next thing you know, people will accuse him of having ethics!!

  3. John Taylor says: Dec 2, 2011 11:00 PM

    I do not know how he can be a success in big time college ball. He puts personal life over money. Next thing you know, people will accuse him of having ethics!!

    [standing ovation]

  4. Bar None says: Dec 2, 2011 11:40 PM

    Petersen is a class act and he has invested a great deal of money in improving Boise State’s campus outside of the athletic dept.

  5. pricecube says: Dec 3, 2011 12:05 AM

    Good for Petersen… I would think earning 1.5-9 mill per annum in Boise makes you feel a lot more wealthy than making 4 mill a year in L.A.

    I mean in Boise that would make you one of the richest guys in town I imagine…
    :)

  6. steveintennessee says: Dec 3, 2011 1:11 AM

    he is a man with intergrity and happy to live on and be at peach with what some would call nothing compared to the offers he turns down………good for him. Home is where the heart is not always the money. Also gives standing ovation

  7. bobulated says: Dec 3, 2011 1:19 AM

    I imagine 1.5 million goes just as far in Boise, Idaho as 4 million does in Bel Air, California.

  8. nickmiller63 says: Dec 3, 2011 1:24 AM

    Not sure what you mean, Bar None, about Petersen investing in BSU outside of football. I’m here and haven’t noticed anything like that. We like him here, but he’s all football.

  9. frug says: Dec 3, 2011 1:30 AM

    I know (or at least I assume) that after accounting for local taxes and cost of living $1.9 million in Boise is basically the same as $4 million in LA, but the fact that Peterson was willing to turn down a larger budget and prestige shows he puts the happiness of himself and his family above all else.

    While I personally would love to see what Peterson could do if he had access to four and five star recruits, it is clear he is content to coach up leftovers that larger schools miss and for that I say good for him. I know that Boise St. is school that folks love to hate but I can’t imagine anyone not respecting Peterson himself.

  10. burntorangehorn says: Dec 3, 2011 1:42 AM

    This is just a rumor, but Petersen may have something else in the works for his next position already, even if it doesn’t happen in 2012.

  11. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 3, 2011 2:02 AM

    Please just another guy that doesn’t to play real teams and currently enjoys his easy victories and weak conference championships. Him and the head coach at Rutgers should get to together and write a book titled “Scaried to move up in life: The story of two him determined to never proof, they got what it takes at the next level”.

    I can already see the early reviews:

    “This book speaks to me”
    -Pat Fitzgerald

    “It’s like they were telling my life story”
    -Chris Ault

    “Seriously grow a pair and be a man”
    -Mike London

    “You might not win right away, but at least you tried”
    -Al Golden

    “Some guys just aren’t ready to play with the Big Boys”
    -Chip Kelly

  12. mondzy805 says: Dec 3, 2011 2:12 AM

    Can’t blame Chris at all. Go for him.

  13. frug says: Dec 3, 2011 2:18 AM

    @burntorange

    I expect Texas will make a run at him when Brown retires and that is one of the handful of jobs I think he would consider taking.

  14. bronconation1 says: Dec 3, 2011 3:41 AM

    Texas is not going to be calling Chris Peterson. They will promote former BSU OC and current Texas OC Bryan Harsin. Come on man.

  15. ncsportsfan says: Dec 3, 2011 5:23 AM

    Yep…it’s all about fit, community, schools, academics, facilities, and healthcare. Hummm….

  16. florida727 says: Dec 3, 2011 6:47 AM

    One thing not mentioned either in the story or in the posts above: another story about Petersen had a post on it indicating that Petersen’s son has brain cancer. Allegedly Boise is the best place for his treatment, and as such, Petersen’s decision to stay there has a lot to do with his son’s care/needs. The poster who referenced the brain cancer said it checked out online, so it’s apparently not just someone’s idea of a sick joke. Petersen’s decision to stay in Boise might very well be more personal in nature than anyone knows. If so, John Taylor may offer another [standing ovation]. I’ll jump in on that one…

  17. 10kmp says: Dec 3, 2011 8:15 AM

    @tarpshoot

    Smart man to take the life style in Idaho over the maddness of California.
    ———————————————-

    Yeah, L.A. sucks. There is never anything to do. No concerts, professional sports, museums, art galleries, world class restaurants, etc. The beaches are terrible, the mountains horrible. And that weather! Man it blows… Lifestyle is a personal choice. Peterson obviously prefers what Idaho offers, and seems to have found his ideal spot. Good for him. However, I would guess that most guys, if offered both jobs, would fall on the UCLA side of the fence. I think Peterson is the aberration here… especially at 4 million per. And yes, L.A. is far more expensive than Boise, but not 2.5 million a year more. The people who are saying 1.5 in Boise is the same as 4mil in L.A. are way off base.

  18. corvusrex96 says: Dec 3, 2011 12:16 PM

    As far as football is concerned in L.A. USC is the undisputed king. UCLA is the redheaded step child. This is worse of an inferiorty complex than Auburn vs Alabama, Michigan State vs Michigan , OSU vs OU or even Texas A&M vs Texas.

    There is a saying that goes ..” I would rather be the king of a village than to be 2nd in Rome”

  19. pricecube says: Dec 3, 2011 1:23 PM

    @10kmp

    Yeah, L.A. sucks. There is never anything to do. No concerts, professional sports, museums, art galleries, world class restaurants, etc. The beaches are terrible, the mountains horrible. And that weather! Man it blows…
    ______________________________________

    Not having to drive in L.A. traffic would be worth a quarter a mill a yr. by itself easy…

    On the other hand if you could coach at Pepperdine and never have to leave campus it would be little bit like heaven.

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