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Here's a news item from the Associated Prss: A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Boise State has hired Arkansas State's Bryan Harsin as its next coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not become official. Harsin will replace Chris Petersen, who left Boise State for Washington last week. Harsin worked at Boise State from 2001-2010 and was offensive coordinator for the Broncos from 2006-2010. He was offensive coordinator at Texas for two seasons before taking over at Arkansas State, where he went 7-5 this year. The Red Wolves have had three straight one-and-done coaches: Hughes Freeze, Gus Malzahn and Harsin.
It's official: Boise State is thanking head football coach Chris Petersen for his leadership of the Broncos, and launching a national search for a new head coach. “I know Bronco Nation joins me in thanking Chris Petersen for all he did to advance Boise State’s football program over the past 13 years,” BSU President Bob Kustra said in a statement. “He is not only a great coach but a great person and an asset to the community. We were lucky to have him at Boise State and Washington is lucky to get him. We wish Chris and Barbara the very best.” Click below for the full statement from Kustra and BSU director of athletics Mark Coyle.
Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen is leaving for the University of Washington, the AP reports this morning. Petersen will replace Steve Sarkisian, who's headed to USC. Click below for the full AP report. The Idaho Statesman has a full report here, which notes that Petersen is scheduled to make $2,348,000 in 2014, has five years left on his contract, which extends each time he wins eight games, and has a $750,000 buyout. The Statesman also reports that he is contractually obligated to coach the Broncos in their bowl game even if he takes another job “to minimize the impact on the program.”
Quite a night at BSU's Bronco Stadium tonight, where the Nevada WolfPack howled for the first half - which started with the shocking injury of BSU starting quarterback Joe Southwick, later announced to be a broken ankle - and was ahead of BSU 17-7 at the half. Then a full moon rose over the stadium, and everything changed. Backup quarterback Grant Hedrick led BSU to a 34-17 win over Nevada; it was BSU's homecoming game. Among the highlights: A 71-yard touchdown run from Jay Ajayi, and Hedrick throwing for 150 yards and running for another 115. This view from the west end of the stadium shows the full moon, at left, just as the second half opened.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen said Monday it was “just a matter of time” before his Broncos suffered a lopsided defeat like Saturday's 38-6 drubbing at the hands of Washington, especially since he nearly always schedules a tough opponent to start the season, the AP reports. At a post-loss news conference in Boise, however, Petersen praised the Broncos for focusing at practice earlier in the day, saying “they went back to work.”
BSU's decision to schedule teams like UW this year and Michigan State a year ago to start the 2012 season — the Broncos lost 17-13 then — only served to increase the likelihood that eventually a lopsided outing would catch up with one of his squads, Petersen said. “You open up every year like we open up, you're going to get your nose bloodied,” he said at Monday's news conference, according to the Idaho Statesman. “It's just a matter of time.” Click below for a full report from the Associated Press; BSU plays the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday for the Broncos' home opener.
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new report shows Boise State's football team is one of the best in the nation when it comes to how players perform in the classroom. The NCAA announced Tuesday that Boise State posted a team-best Academic Progress Rate of 993 during a four-year period ending in 2011-2012. That score ranks the Broncos second in the Football Bowl Subdivision, one spot behind Northwestern from the Big Ten Conference. The University of Idaho's football team scored at 919, while Idaho State came in with 914. APR measures eligibility, retention and graduation of all scholarship athletes. Schools that fail to meet certain APR standards can face penalties. At Idaho, the women's golf team earned the top APR score with 991. At Idaho State, the women's golf team also posted the highest score with 992.
As a department, all Boise State teams combined for an overall score of 977 and four other teams joined the football squad with top honors in the Mountain West Conference, including men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field and swimming and diving teams.
The former Big East conference is threatening to sue Boise State University for $5 million, and BSU is now suing back, filing a lawsuit in district court in Boise “asking the court to declare that no such penalty is due.” In a news release, BSU President Bob Kustra said, “Boise State entered into that agreement in good faith and with a great degree of optimism, but the conference we agreed to join simply no longer exists.” Added Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle, “Boise State worked diligently to try to salvage the Big East Conference and help lead it into the future, but in the end the changes and losses proved too great to overcome.” Click below for the university's full release.
Boise State University has backed out on a commitment to join the Big East, the Associated Press reports, and will instead remain a member of the Mountain West. The school and the conference announced today that they've come to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing football in the league they have been a part of for the past two seasons.
Boise State was scheduled to join the Big East next year for football only, but more recent defections from the Big East made it reconsider. BSU said as part of its agreement with the Mountain West, TV rights to its home football games will not be part of the conference's future media contracts. Click below for a full statement from BSU President Bob Kustra, who said, “This has been an odyssey for Boise State, with all the unexpected turns and changes that term suggests.” In the end, Kustra said the new deal with the Mountain West is best for BSU in terms of “geographic footprint, revenue and national exposure,” and he said, “Thanks to the success of Coach Petersen and his staff, Boise State football is a unique program with a value in media and ticket sales attractive to a number of conferences and bowl venues.”
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Boise State on Sunday named redshirt junior Joe Southwick the starting quarterback for the No. 24 Broncos. Southwick, a 6-foot-1, 187-pounder from Danville, Calif., was a backup a year ago to Kellen Moore, who during his career won more games than any other quarterback in the history of college football. As a backup Southwick mostly saw action in fourth-quarter mop-up duty. In eight games, he was 23 of 30 for 198 yards and one TD and one interception. Coach Chris Petersen says Southwick knows the system well and prepared hard to earn the starting job. Southwick says he feels privileged as well a lot of responsibility in being named the starter. The Broncos open the season Friday against No. 12 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. Click below for a full report from Idaho Statesman sports writer Brian Murphy via the Associated Press; the photo above is by Statesman photographer Chris Butler via AP.
Big game Saturday. Hucksters seem pretty evenly divided between Vandal fans and Bronco fans. Feel free to post your predictions here.
More about the Vandals: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/nov/13/reader-puts-idaho-in-novel-position/