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Report: Petersen not interested in Penn State vacancy

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Shocking development, eh?

It was reported late this past week that Penn State has continued its pursuit of Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, with one member of the school’s search committee visiting the coach in Idaho twice in a span of eight days recently.

Most observers feel there’s little to no chance that the Nittany Lions could persuade the Broncos boss to head back east for just the second time in his coaching career.  Apparently, that’s a very valid feeling.

David Jones of the Patriot-News writes that “Petersen has made it known he is not interested in Penn State’s vacant head coaching position.”  Jones describes Petersen rebuffing PSU’s overtures as “no shocker there.”

Of course, and until PSU fills a position that’s been vacant since the legendary Joe Paterno was fired in the middle of last month, Petersen’s name will likely be connected to the job, regardless of how many times he publicly or privately dismisses the notion.

Tennessee Titans’ head coach and former PSU player Mike Munchak — he’s already denied any interest in the job — Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and a pair of current coaches at the collegiate level — Wake Forest’s Jim Grobeand Duke’s David Cutcliffe — have all been mentioned as potential successors to Paterno.  PSU’s interim head coach Tom Bradley and quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno have already “interviewed” for the job, although those were widely considered a mere courtesy to the long-time Nittany Lions assistants and neither has a realistic shot at taking over.

As far as a timeline for the naming of a successor, the search could continue beyond their Jan. 2 appearance in the TicketCity Bowl against Houston.

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34 Responses to “Report: Petersen not interested in Penn State vacancy”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Dec 25, 2011 9:45 PM

    Nice update..oh wait this has been out since Friday afternoon!

  2. dkhhuey says: Dec 25, 2011 10:12 PM

    They are just going to continue throwing names out there until somebody doesn’t immediately scream NO – then they’ll have their man.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Dec 25, 2011 10:18 PM


  4. canetic says: Dec 25, 2011 10:35 PM

    But he is interested in the Second Mile vacancy…

  5. steelerchicken says: Dec 25, 2011 10:47 PM

    Give the job to Bradley and hire a hot coach in five years. Be like North Carolina who hired two terrible coach then turned to Roy Williams

  6. dietrich43 says: Dec 25, 2011 10:59 PM

    The only way that Jay Paterno would have a worst chance for that job is if he changed his last named to Sandusky.

  7. nflinla says: Dec 25, 2011 10:59 PM

    Petersen is scared to coach in the big boy conferences. And the Big East is NOT a big time conference in Football.

  8. palinurus10 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:07 PM

    @nfinla — Exactly right. Petersen had no interest in UCLA, either. He knows he can’t compete against good teams. Better to hide out and take pot shots at real teams in real conferences.

  9. nickmiller63 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:30 PM

    Morons. PSU is 90% p.r. 10% football. UCLA is a losing proposition

  10. jrocknstuff says: Dec 26, 2011 12:28 AM

    Right, Peterson is scared to coach in the PAC 12, because he didn’t just destroy Arizona State. And he can’t beat big time schools because he didn’t go to the Georgia Dome and hammer Georgia or last year travel to Maryland and beat Virginia Tech

  11. tking63 says: Dec 26, 2011 2:41 AM

    Are you kidding me the big boy confrences… Boise State is 2-0 in BCS bowls and moving to the Big East. Penn State hasn’t won anyhting except thier weak conf in the last 25 years. As for UCLA really they had to ask for bowl wavier becuase they had a losing record. Why would he give up Boise for either one of those.

  12. Pac12ute says: Dec 26, 2011 3:00 AM

    @ jrocknstuff Don’t waste your time defending Boise State to the ignorant. In ANY conference they would be in the top third and competing for the conference championship almost every year. The funniest point that could be made is that they would be able to do this with their current caliber of recruits, which aren’t exactly the cream of the crop. Given that they will start getting better recruits and more money from being in an AQ conference (I refuse to call the B.E. better than the MWC simply because of AQ status), they would easily compete in the top third of any conference… yes SEC fans, that means your conference too.

    The quality I love most about the Boise State program is the same thing I enjoy with my own team. They recruit a particular type of player and let the coaching staff take over with player development. Coaching is what has made this team great since moving up to the FBS.

  13. thebigdawg25 says: Dec 26, 2011 3:27 AM


    penn state hasnt won anything except their weak conference in the last 25 years? hmm let me see ..

    1993 PSU beat #6 Tennessee (SEC) 31 -13 in the Citrus Bowl to finish 10 – 2

    1994 PSU beat Oregon (Pac-12) 38 – 20 in the Rose Bowl to finish 12-0 .. also in that same year they crushed USC (Pac-12)

    1995 PSU pummeled Auburn (SEC) in the Outback Bowl 43 – 14 to finish 9 -3

    1996 PSU finished 11 -2 with a Fiesta Bowl win against Texas (Big 12) 38 – 15

    1998 PSU finished 9 -3 with a win over Kentucky (SEC) in the Outback Bowl

    1999 PSU finished 10 – 3 with a shutout 24 – 0 victory over Texas A&M (Big 12) in the Alamo Bowl

    dont get my point yet? lets fast forward..

    2005 PSU finished 11 -1 with and Orange Bowl victory over Florida State (ACC)

    how about the 2009 LSU (i hope you kn0w what conference they are in) team with patrick peterson, chad jones and brandon lafell plus some current LSU seniors like jordan jefferson

    2009 Capital One Bowl – PSU beat LSU to finish 11-2

    ask #4 arizona, pitt and #8 miami in 1999 what happened

    ask how #7 nebraska felt in 2002 when the final score was 40 -7

    how about notre dame in 2007

    all im saying is next time you decide to write something about penn state do your much needed research

  14. righton989 says: Dec 26, 2011 4:59 AM

    Slappie Valley reports that Jerry Showers keen on PSU head coach opening. Contract to include licensing of the exclusive Jerry Showers towel and soap line with JVP Ent and PSU.

  15. palinurus10 says: Dec 26, 2011 7:47 AM

    Listen to all the Boise State defenders. “Big” win over Arizona State proves Peterson can win against good teams. LOL. Boise State is a dump and a real coach would be dying to get out of there and to go to a place where he could recruit first line talent to play first line talent EVERY WEEK. Ever hear of Urban Meyer? But Petersen prefers to hide out. The Big East? LMAO.

  16. tg1896 says: Dec 26, 2011 8:19 AM

    Steelerchicken – a very puzzling comment about UNC’s two terrible coaches before turning to Roy Williams. I have to assume you’re talking roundball on a football site. I also assume you refer to the two coaches immediately preceding Roy. Matt Doherty WAS terrible – you are correct. Before him was long-time assistant coach Bill Guthridge. During Guthridge’s three seasons as head coach he posted a 80–28 record, making him tied for the then-NCAA record for most wins by a coach after three seasons.

  17. jrocknstuff says: Dec 26, 2011 8:25 AM

    Never called ASU a big time school, called them a PAC 12 school, or do you want to dispute that fact? I did however call Georgia and Virginia Tech big time schools, both of which Boise traveled across the country to defeat. I also recall them blasting Oregon a couple years ago. Point is, your comments about Petersen are flat out wrong. The guy has a great situation where he is. Leaving Boise for either UCLA or PSU right now is beyond stupid. The NCAA still may discipline the Penn State program. No point in stepping into that right now. In no way do I think the Big East is a real conference, I don’t even think they deserve an automatic bid, but I did think your comments on Petersen are unfounded and uneducated

  18. 78lion says: Dec 26, 2011 9:53 AM

    Outside of Munchak, who Jones claims quotes for, no coach has commented publicly on this search.

  19. palinurus10 says: Dec 26, 2011 11:44 AM

    Hahaha….any coach from a pipsqueak school like Boise who wouldn’t jump at the chance to move to a major program in a good conference is a coward, afraid of a challenge. Sorry, but it’s true. You Boise fans have been living in a shelthered, self-delusional, one-decent-opponent-per-season world for too long. In a real conference, you’d lose three or four a season, easily. Fact.

  20. acieu says: Dec 26, 2011 12:58 PM

    Hire a coach for Penn State internally. If Sandusky is an example a current staff member will get some of the players turned around Immediately.

  21. lbijake says: Dec 26, 2011 1:43 PM

    Ditto what the Bigdawg said!!!

  22. florida727 says: Dec 26, 2011 3:56 PM

    I’m an SEC guy to the core. I think it’s by far the best conference in college football. If any of you think Chris Petersen can’t coach and/or Boise State couldn’t be competitive in the SEC year-in and year-out, you’re a football idiot. Face it, the guy has a system that “works”. Yeah, is it easier to prep for one big game per year v. tough games every week? Sure it is, but to think this guy and that school couldn’t compete in the SEC is just plain stupidity. Would they WIN the SEC every year? Of course not. No one does. But they’d compete, and they’d compete virtually every year.

    As far as him leaving for another job, face it, he likes it in Idaho. Nothing wrong with that. Maybe he’d prefer to leave a legacy instead of going after the cash-grab that some other so-called “high profile” school could offer him.

    Why is everybody so down on this guy? I think he’d be a heck of a coach wherever he’s at. He just so happens to choose Boise State.

  23. onceuponatimeinsports says: Dec 26, 2011 4:40 PM

    Wow, a coach doesn’t want to leave a winning program for a school who’s name has become synonymous with perjury and sodomy and is almost certainly looking at some sort of near death penalty for it’s football program!?!

    Color me shocked!

  24. fatfreddystubbs says: Dec 26, 2011 5:13 PM


    Go back on your meds, dude.

    “…ALMOST certainly looking at SOME SORT of NEAR death penalty….”

    wow, you really make emphatic, clear, concise statements open to no interpretation whatsoever.

  25. jrocknstuff says: Dec 26, 2011 5:36 PM


    So what you’re saying is that by jetting Houston for the cash, after one fluke season in which his school beat absolutely no one whatsoever, Kevin Sumlin is a better coach than Petersen because he is now coaching in a major conference? Please! I’m not a Boise fan, just a knowledgeable sports fan, but I’d argue your stance in this conversation all day because I think your opinions are absurd and completely without merit.

  26. palinurus10 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:35 PM

    @jrock, with your kind of logic, I’m glad you don’t agree with me. I’d be worried. I didn’t say leaving after one year makes a coach a better coach, I said that a coach from a second rate school, if he had any guts, would just at the chance to move to a major conference; I didn’t say that every coach who does so is a good coach.

    If you think BSU would go one-loss in any conference outside the trash conference they are in, you have exposed yourself. Second rate conference, second rate opposition coaching, second rate talent — there is a reason why there are very few NFL recruits out of that conference — the talent and coaching is second rate. Those are all facts. If you can’t see it, sorry. Just keep living in your dream world.

  27. ancientcougar says: Dec 26, 2011 7:00 PM

    I’m looking forward to a great Houston/Boise St.

  28. chiefagc5675 says: Dec 26, 2011 7:51 PM

    So many morons still posting like rednecks.
    Penn State football team is not invloved in the Sandusky case- the administration might be, but current coaches and the team were in no way involved- get an adult to explain it to you if you still don’t get it. Stop with the death penalty BS.

  29. ezwriter69 says: Dec 26, 2011 7:52 PM

    ya’ll are seriously arguing with someone who is touting Sarah Palin in his username? Why bother? Kind of like picking on a handicapped kid…

  30. jdillydawg says: Dec 26, 2011 10:37 PM

    I would question any coach who wants to take over a program tainted with the allegations PSU has against them. Look, recruiting violations are one thing, but child abuse is just a cesspool that no self-respecting coach should want to be associated with.

    Until PSU cleans up this mess once and for all, I think they’d be lucky to get a 3rd rate Pop Warner coach to come in and take over.

    However, if I were a female coach (do they exist?) I’d put in for the job. I’d actually think that might bring back some respect to the program a lot quicker.

  31. Pac12Ute says: Dec 27, 2011 5:07 AM

    @ palinurus10 – You’re faulting a guy for sticking with a school and building up a program instead of jumping into a pre-built one for more money, spotlight, and name recognition? I agree that PSU has better recruits, but I guarantee that BSU would beat them with their lesser recruits and that’s mostly due to the man this article was written about.

  32. dkhhuey says: Dec 27, 2011 3:18 PM

    I’m sorry but if PSU and their coach search panel haven’t realized it yet, they need to in a hurry. They are not going to get a top level coach until this scandal has pretty much finished its way through the judicial system. Big name committed recruits have already bailed and more are wobbly and getting more so ever second a coach is not named. Most big named recruits have already scratched PSU off their list and are looking elsewhere. The reality – they need to hire somebody that is both stabilizing in the short term and expendable in the next few years once the dust has finally settled. Perhaps 3 or 4 years down the road they will be able to hire a big time quality coach – but right now, no way in hell a big name coach is going to step into this toxic landfill.

  33. tking63 says: Dec 28, 2011 1:23 AM


    Sorry I did my research and guess what Penn State hasn’t been relevant in 25 years. Sorry, all those greats wins and great bowls, how many were for a N.C since 86? The great 12-0 season of ’94’ nope no N.C , 11-1 season of 2005 did they really want to see USC or Texas on the field I think not? You can hate Boise all day long they (currently) have a better program. If they played right now who do you think would win?

  34. mogogo1 says: Dec 29, 2011 1:26 PM

    No A-lister is going to be interested in the Penn State job for a couple of very good reasons: 1) Top candidates expect to be able to run their programs with minimal oversight and that simply cannot be the atmosphere at PSU in the wake of the scandal. 2) The scandal is going to hang over PSU like a cloud for several years while the criminal and civil proceedings against Sandusky slowly make their way through the courts. No A-list coach wants that sort of thing interfering with his team’s focus, hurting his recruiting, or detracting from his accomplishments. If Penn State is wasting any time whatsoever going after the likes of Petersen, they’re delusional.

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