Chris Petersen is the greatest head coach in Boise State football history.
Petersen has established nearly a decade of dominance and brought Boise State to the peak of football prominence. Petersen will also be leaving. Soon.
This is a bold statement, yes. There are a lot of plausible reasons and scenarios which could make this nightmare for Bronco fans become a reality.
Petersen has been a vital part of the Boise State program since the early 2000s. When Petersen joined the coaching staff as an offensive coordinator under Dan Hawkins in 2001, Petersen’s creativity and efficiency were on full display.
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The Broncos averaged 41.3 points per game from 2001-05 under Petersen, and finished as the highest scoring team in the NCAA twice (2002, 2003).
Now in his eighth season as head coach, Petersen holds a ridiculous 89-10 record, including two undefeated seasons, and a 2-0 record in BCS bowls.
Even with arguably the most consistently successful program in the country, Petersen still runs into a lack of full support he and his program have earned.
Petersen has reiterated time and time again that while the fan base wants expansion, they do not sell out a stadium of 37,000. Fans leave at halftime and don’t return.
Petersen even got his team to a 60-7 lead over FCS program Tennessee-Martin, and was serenaded by a chorus of “boo’s” when he didn’t run up the score.
If Petersen hasn’t earned more respect and support than this, then the fans are part of the blame for why he will leave.
Another big reason Petersen will leave is the disintegration of the BCS.
The four-team playoff will essentially leave the Broncos on the outside looking in, unless multiple scenarios go perfectly.
Moving to a vacancy like USC, or a potential vacancy like Texas, will put Petersen in a prime position for the national title run he deserves.
Petersen is incredibly successful with two and three-star recruits. Imagine what he could do with top-5 recruiting classes year in and year out.
While many Bronco fans stick to their belief that Boise State is one of the best jobs in the country and nothing could lure Petersen away, desiring a change of scenery is a normal thing for anyone.
Earlier this season, CBS Sports reporter Bruce Feldman reported a source close to Petersen said coach Pete was looking for a change.
While these are only rumors and can’t be confirmed, to negate them is pure denial of reality.
I believe Chris Petersen has run his course at Boise State, and Bronco fans should be eternally grateful for what he has done. Hopefully he will not be chastised by the Bronco fan base for heading to another program.