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Chris Petersen reportedly withdraws name from USC coach search

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There have been myriad opportunities for Chris Petersen to leave Boise over the past several years, but the Broncos head coach has never pulled the trigger on a move.  Reportedly, and at least as far as one high-profile opening is concerned, he’s still not ready.

Less than 24 hours after his name (again) surfaced in connection to it, Petersen, ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad reports, “has withdrawn from [the] USC coaching search after mutual interest.”  Petersen had been mentioned as a possibility since Lane Kiffin was fired in late September five games into the season.

At some point in the near future, you can expect Boise State to announce an “enhanced” contract for Petersen.

Petersen has been at Boise State the past 13 years, eight as head coach.  After winning at least 10 games his first seven seasons, the Broncos went just 8-4 in 2013.  The eight wins in the regular season are the program’s fewest since it went 8-4 during a bowl-less 2001 season, its first year under Dan Hawkins.

Along with Petersen, Vanderbilt’s James Franklin had reportedly been USC’s top targets.  Washington’s Steve Sarkisian also interviewed, although the UW coach said “USC reached out to him but he did NOT interview for the job” according to local radio reports.

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8 Responses to “Chris Petersen reportedly withdraws name from USC coach search”
  1. dryzzt23 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:31 AM

    Petersen seems to follow what Kirk Ferentz has done at Iowa. Both guys have had multiples opportunities to leave for better jobs but have stayed. I have to respect that.
    But Iowa has not improved and I’m willing to bet that he will be fired in a season or two. When Boise declines, the same will happen to Petersen and he will wish that he had left for a huge payday.

  2. bender4700 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:36 AM

    Ferentz would only get fired if Iowa had a real bad season. And likely it’d take a couple.

    Iowa loves Ferentz.

  3. halbert53 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:42 AM

    Who really expected Peterson to leave?

  4. waynefontes says: Dec 2, 2013 11:53 AM

    He’s happy where he is. I respect that, sometimes there are things more important than money.

  5. v2the4 says: Dec 2, 2013 12:01 PM

    you have to respect a guy who wants to stay in the same job and keep his family intact in the same area. But, that would make at least 6-8 big time programs he has said no too, and pretty soon, he will not get those chances to come his way.

    but, sometimes, money and the pressure that comes with it isnt everything, so you have to applaud him for that

  6. Deb says: Dec 2, 2013 12:35 PM

    No surprise there.

    It’s obvious Peterson is happy at Boise. He’s well-paid, successful, and his family feels at home. But there’s also the Peter Principle: the theory that successful people keep getting promoted until they reach their level of incompetence. Maybe Peterson knows he wouldn’t be as successful coaching a major program such as USC. And rather than rising to a level of incompetence, he prefers to remain where he’s a success. If he’s smart enough to know his limits, my hat’s off to him.

  7. raysfan1 says: Dec 2, 2013 3:17 PM

    I stated in the comments last night that I did not believe Peterson would leave Boise State for USC. He didn’t leave to go to UCLA a couple years ago when offered that job, so there was little reason to think he’d react differently for their cross-city rival. Maybe if some university offered him the AD job as well, but I doubt it. I think he knows he is in a great position where he is, will remain successful, and will some day retire having spent his entire coaching career at Boise State.

  8. trapshoot says: Dec 2, 2013 9:14 PM

    Why would he want to leave Boise? A much better city to live in than anyplace in Southern California.

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