Petersen likely to leave Boise State for Stanford

Why sports on 43rdStateBlues?

Community building is a key component of group blogs such as this one. And such refreshing changes of pace probably bring together commenters who wouldn't otherwise interact.

Further, as you will notice in 123idaho's crosspost on Daily Kos, the discussion quickly branched into related political topics including gangs and crime, quality of life in Boise vs. Palo Alto, the efficiency of California's governmnent, education funding in Idaho, salaries of football coaches in comparison to the rest of us, and more.


With two recent high profile coaching departures, Idaho Statesman columnist Brian Murphy calls him The One Coach BSU Can't Lose.

But Stanford has officially asked to interview Boise State football coach Chris Petersen.

Speculators have spoken of the 30 degree winters in the Bay area vs. the 70 degree winters in Boise.

Petersen makes $1 million now vs. $2 million on the table in Palo Alto.

And he is a northern California native.

Heisman candidate Andrew Luck will return to the Cardinal, and they have a real shot at winning a national championship.

Commenters under a Brian Murphy editorial in the Idaho Statesman discuss the likely possibility that Petersen will soon leave the Broncos and take the Stanford job:

Larry Ratliff: I too would hate to lose coach Pete, but people have to realize, that if he is offered the millions of dollars that the BCS can pay, who can blame him.

steve_lawson: Good Luck Pete and thanks for the time that you spent here. It will be great to see you take over the Stanford program and make a run to the NC next season. Palo Alto is a far better place to live and raise the kids than here as well as a far better school to be associated with. Congratulations and best of luck!

BroncoBadass: He is extremely happy in Boise and loves it there. He will be reluctant to uproot his family and move them, but $$$ has a funny way of helping one deal with that stress. Hahaha. He was reluctant to leave in the past because he knew he would be inheriting a mess. He took over a very talented Boise State team in 2006 and look what happened. He would be inheriting a similar team with Stanford and the Heisman runner up in Andrew Luck. He's a Northern California guy and Stanford (Palo Alto) is certainly far more appealing than say ... Ann Arbor, Tucson, Knoxville, Tallahassee, Stillwater and so on.

Other posters spoke of crime, gang and other quality of life problems in East Palo Alto as well as around California -- the bankrupt state government was brought up -- as if Coach P., a family man who would make millions plus perks and benefits, has to worry about that.

In the big money, win at all costs, fast-paced world of college football, what could possibly be the motivating factors that would keep Coach Petersen in Boise?

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Same old Idaho con-job technique at work

This highlites a bigger problem than just sports, although Dennis Erickson told the Phoenix media (Arizona Republic?) after a year or so (legal "quiet period"), he essentially thought Idaho was full of political bullshitters, who were so used to conning people and getting away with it. Ditto for others like tech executive and venture capitalist, Jim Ellick, who was Otter's original Secretary of Commerce. Ellick makes no bones about it, "don't invest a nickel in Idaho" is what he told folks later in Sun Valley. And then there's LeMoyne Hyde (Hyde Boats) who suffered the same fate with 'Senor Slickfish' himself, Dirk (Dick 'em) Kempthorne. Not to mention others (i.e. Dr. Tim White at UoI, Dr. Bob Wharton at ISU, etc).

Now upcoming--July 1st is Art Vailas' 5 year contract rollover at ISU. A lot of people don't like him, but HE WAS CONNED, too. With promises of a medical school, etc, etc and how his wife could teach (a Phd in Chemistry); neither happened, and Wharton was very explicit about what he thought of Idaho politicos' official belief in the gullibility of all to "just fake it, till you make it"; easy prediction: Vailas is outtahere.


Saying a lot of people don't like Art Vailas is like saying Hemingway hardly liked whiskey. There are plenty of people at ISU with their fingers crossed that Vailas does in fact leave. If Vailas was "conned" he deserved it. He's more than gotten his revenge, if you will.

I think you meant to say

"highlights" there Tom.

I would have differed w/ the claim that Peterson was "likely" to leave Boise even before it was announced today that he isn't.

You had me at "why sports on 43rd State Blues?"

but then it got all garbly.