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Report: Petersen, Patterson in play at Auburn

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And why not?  Seemingly everybody else is.

As is usually the case this time of the year, the name of Boise State head coach Chris Petersen has been tossed around in relation to several big-name openings.  In his seventh season in Boise, Petersen has already been connected to one SEC vacancy (Arkansas) this year, and is now being connected to another.

Citing someone familiar with the process, al.com is reporting that Petersen is on “Auburn’s list to be the school’s next football coach [that] is now more than a half-dozen names long.”  Of course, being on a school’s wish list doesn’t necessarily equate to a realistic shot at landing the coach, especially as it pertains to Petersen.

Over the past three years, Petersen has seen his name connected to openings at (take a deep breath) Penn State, UCLA, Stanford, Florida, USC and Mississippi State just to name a few.  Each and every time, and regardless of whether there were conversations at any level or not, Petersen always ended up right back where all of the rumors all started: as the head coach of the Broncos.

Of course, you never say never when it comes to a head coach and a potential move.  However, Petersen’s track record — preferring to remain by far the biggest fish in what will be an improving conference pond (maybe) with the football program’s move from the Mountain West — suggests this is more wishful thinking on the part of AU’s athletic department than it is reality.

Now, if Chip Kelly leaves for the NFL, opening up the Oregon job?  Well, let’s just say it would get interesting as it pertains to Petersen.

As far as other potential candidates on Auburn’s to-do list, al.com reports that TCU’s Gary Patterson is a “new name” that has emerged.  Patterson has also been mentioned as a potential permanent replacement for Bobby Petrino at Arkansas.

The newspaper’s website also lists Petrino, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and a trio of current head coaches — Arkansas State’s Gus Malzahn, Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher — as being among AU’s targets.

Fisher addressed the speculation yesterday, saying “I’m very happy right here. I’m content to be here, this is where I want to be.”

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28 Responses to “Report: Petersen, Patterson in play at Auburn”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 27, 2012 5:11 PM

    I doubt very seriously whether the Boise coach would take the job. I believe he has a special needs child and the hospital where he is at now, provides very well for his child’s needs.
    He would sure be an exciting coach to bring into the SEC, but I doubt he would make the move, even given the fact that his salary would triple at Auburn. I think he might be a little leery of making the move also, in light of the fact that Auburn is under some type of NCAA investigation involving two of the assistant coaches presently at there. He, I am sure though, would be a very good coach at the school.

  2. gorilladunk says: Nov 27, 2012 5:17 PM

    Anyone would be lucky to get Gary Patterson. He does more with less than anyone. His recruits are usually three star guys and his defenses are monsters. Auburn or Arkansas would both do well to see him stalking up and down their sidelines. I know the TCU faithful would do all they could to keep him, but they don’t have the resources to keep up with the big schools. I shudder to think what he might have accomplished at Texas with the dollars and facilities they have.

  3. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:31 PM

    Petersen has spent one year of his life somewhere other than the west (he was a Pitt assistant for one year), and has said it was the worst year of his life. Highly doubt he goes to Auburn. Its been said the only two jobs he’d leave Boise for are Oregon and Cal. 1 is open now, and the other just well might open up too. If he moves on, it will be to one of those two schools.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:32 PM

    Well, I see Malzahn going to Arkansas of course-assuming they offer him the job. I do not see a reason why they would not unless there is someone “big” in play there.

    Auburn, I would say Patterson would be the choice-if he wants the job that is.

    In addition to Petersons special needs child, is he not a member of LDS church? No judgement, just questioning how that would go over in the South. Of course, winning often eleminates any bias.

    Charlie Strong is another coach to keep an eye on-SEC and HC experience that I definately see being in play for either Auburn or UT.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 27, 2012 5:34 PM

    He’ll leave for Oregon…. not Cal.

  6. pricecube says: Nov 27, 2012 5:57 PM

    @gorilladunk

    “I know the TCU faithful would do all they could to keep him, but they don’t have the resources to keep up with the big schools.”

    TCU is already paying CGP over 3 M a yr. Although TCU is a small private college, our endowment is more than three times the size of Auburn’s. It is substantially larger than Arkansas’ also. I believe we would match anything either of these schools could offer (big)*IF* CGP were interested.We have much deeper pockets than they do. We are also going to be getting 20 mill per yr from ESPN which is comparable to what SEC teams make from television rights. The only school I think that has a good shot at Patterson is possibly Texas when/if they fire Mack Brown.

  7. pricecube says: Nov 27, 2012 6:05 PM

    @jimbo75025

    Pretty sure Peterson is a Scientologist… but I can understand the confusion. South Park did amazing episodes for both religions.

  8. pricecube says: Nov 27, 2012 6:08 PM

    Actually the Scientology thing may be a viscious internet rumor.

  9. jimbo75025 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:33 PM

    pricecube says:
    Nov 27, 2012 6:05 PM
    @jimbo75025

    Pretty sure Peterson is a Scientologist… but I can understand the confusion. South Park did amazing episodes for both religions.
    ———–

    Whoops, my bad. Thanks and I agree, those were some funny episodes.

  10. ericdinosaur says: Nov 27, 2012 6:39 PM

    Glad I havent seen the”he won’t be able to coach out here when he’s got to face real competition” guy on here yet. All coach less SEC schools would be lucky to even have these guys think about coaching at their schools.

  11. axltcu says: Nov 27, 2012 6:46 PM

    I would be shocked if GP left TCU.

    I think people are seriously underestimating A.) the money and resources TCU has, B.) how great a city Ft. Worth is, C.) GP’s loyalty to the program, and D.) the amount of unfinished business he has there.

    After all he has done, all he has built there, and the money TCU is already giving him, it would take a serious paycheck to lure him away and I don’t think Arkansas or Auburn would be willing to spend that much to get him when they can get other good coaches cheaper.

    I’d bet he would be reluctant to even go to USC or Texas if the jobs were available.

    He’s been a top candidate for jobs at Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Michigan plus many more over the years and he has always declined and stayed at TCU. I don’t see what could happen this year that would be any different.

  12. John Taylor says: Nov 27, 2012 7:05 PM

    Just for the record, Petersen is Catholic and not a Scientologist.

  13. thefiesty1 says: Nov 27, 2012 7:30 PM

    If Peterson does leave I’d bet on Harsin (Texas co-OC) returning to Boise. I don’t think Patterson would leave TCU for any SEC opening. But, money talks.

  14. jimbo75025 says: Nov 27, 2012 7:47 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Nov 27, 2012 7:30 PM
    I don’t think Patterson would leave TCU for any SEC opening. But, money talks.
    ———

    I agree with you that he may very well stay at TCU. That being said with coaches, it is not always the money (although it doesn’t hurt), it’s the ego. I don’t see that as a bad thing really as every coach is always a few losses away from the hot seat, but would be nice to see a “modern” coach stick around for a program for 20-30 years

  15. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 27, 2012 8:01 PM

    The “Petersen is a Scientologist” crap was started by Tennessee fans before the pencil pushing geek, Mike Hamilton, hired Kiffin.

    And he is not a candidate for the Auburn job. He’s already shot that down in todays paper. Patterson would be a home run hire however, even Auburn fans like him and thats a major coup in itself.

  16. pricecube says: Nov 27, 2012 10:29 PM

    One more reason Gary Patterson will likely ignore all offers from the SEC: Dennis Franchione…

    Franchione was TCU’s head coach around 2000, Patterson was his DC. Franchione was the one originally responsible for the resurgence of the program in Fort Worth. He could have stayed at TCU and continued making almost 2M a yr… along with country club membership and other perks for the rest of his life. Thank God he did not. Instead he decided to leave and take over the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was a disaster. Franchione is now coaching the Texas State Bobcats and making 350k a yr….

    Not only did Gary Patterson see his former head coach ruin his career (Franchione saw the writing on the wall with NCAA sanctions for previous offenses and left for Texas A&M after two yrs at Bama)… He was also the beneficiary of a huge leap of faith on the part of TCU. He was then an unknown DC. TCU had pretty big bucks to spend on a coach and the desire to build a program.. They took a big chance on him and it paid off.

    I may be wrong but I think it would take a lot for him to leave. He has a good thing going… TCU will stick by him no matter what. He is the program at this point. How many other schools could say that? How long would he be given to rectify things at Auburn if he started losing?

    Just my opinion.

  17. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 27, 2012 10:42 PM

    pricecube, you are such a retard. Franchione was not a “disaster” at Alabama, Alabama was the disaster with NCAA sanctions being handed down over the previous staff. Another example of you and a few others on this board totally pulling bullshit out of your arse.

    Franchione was 10-3 in his second year of a rebuilding job at Bama and was offered a healthy contract extension, but he elected the Midnight Express to TAM.

    The one thing you’ve ever been right about is Patterson, he’s not going anywhere. Congrats. LOL

  18. pricecube says: Nov 27, 2012 10:55 PM

    @hound

    “Franchione was 10-3 in his second year…”

    No shit dumbass. I mentioned he left because of sanctions from DuBose.

    I guess I need to read between the lines for you moron. “It (the decision to go to Bama) was a disaster”… Are you really trying to say that it was smart move? Franchione’s coaching career is in the toilet. Once again you are running your mouth calling others retarded while making a total jackass of yourself.

  19. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 27, 2012 11:00 PM

    Dear pricecube.

    Do you remember saying this?

    “Thank God he did not. Instead he decided to leave and take over the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was a disaster. Franchione is now coaching the Texas State Bobcats and making 350k a yr…. ”

    I’m sorry, maybe its me that is the retard and not you, but I dont see anything in that line about Mike Dubose. All I see is you calling Franchione’s tenure at Bama a “disaster.”

    Maybe some remedial English classes would help. I’m guessing your previous schooling was a DISASTER. LMAO

  20. dmcgrann says: Nov 27, 2012 11:05 PM

    pricecube said: Although TCU is a small private college, our endowment is more than three times the size of Auburn’s. It is substantially larger than Arkansas’ also…
    _________________________________

    I understand what you’re saying. Endowments are a good measure of an institution’s stability, but don’t necessarily equate into athletic success or the ability of an institution to pay coaches.

    The University of Richmond’s (who?) endowment is 57% larger than TCU’s, but athletically, the two schools aren’t in the same breath most of the time.

    And, if endowments directly mattered, the upcoming SEC championship would be between Vanderbilt (4.5 times the endowment of UGA) and Texas A&M (7 times the endowment of Alabama).

  21. pricecube says: Nov 27, 2012 11:11 PM

    @hound

    I do not need to remember it. It is in the same thread. I typed that right before I typed this:

    “(Franchione saw the writing on the wall with NCAA sanctions for previous offenses” *Dubose* “and left for Texas A&M after two yrs at Bama)”

    It seems like you are the one with reading comprehension… as well as many other… issues.

  22. pricecube says: Nov 27, 2012 11:23 PM

    @dmcgrann

    I agree. Clearly endowment size does not equal athletic success. Were that the case Harvard would dominate virtually every other school in the country. I was specifically responding to the statement that TCU did not have the “resources” to compete with larger schools. I assumed they were suggesting that TCU did not have the money to do so.

  23. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 27, 2012 11:39 PM

    Sorry pricecube. I stopped reading after the part about Franchione being a disaster.

    Learn to speak in complete sentences ya doof and then maybe everybody can understand what you’re saying. LOL

  24. gfj7000 says: Nov 28, 2012 1:39 AM

    He’s a good coach – for a 2nd rate conference of Cupcakes – I truly believe he couldn’t handle the Oregon job with the level of Top 5 team caliber program that Chip has built (and style of speed/no huddles offense, and more) in such a short time. He doesn’t have Kellen Moore to lean on this year, that’s why his team is just a Top 20 ‘also ran’ team. He’d have a major cultural challenge at Oregon. I could see him taking Tedford’s Cal program and rebuilding it without much challenge.

  25. norcalirish says: Nov 28, 2012 8:33 AM

    Both of these teams are irrelevant.

  26. olskool711 says: Nov 28, 2012 12:28 PM

    gfj7000

    Do you have any idea what it is you are talking about?

  27. imaduffer says: Nov 28, 2012 12:30 PM

    @gfj7000,

    “He’d have a major cultural challenge at Oregon. I could see him taking Tedford’s Cal program and rebuilding it without much challenge”.

    Apparently you have never been to Berzerkly, CA

  28. iamjimmyjack says: Nov 28, 2012 2:55 PM

    If usc doesn’t get Chris Peterson or Gary Patterson I am going to be very disappointed. Lane Kiffin is not the right coach for this team. Those 2 coaches can get the job done here. They have always been my dream coaches for the usc football team. Please pat Haden, get them here!

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