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Chris Petersen turns down UCLA's offer

Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 9:58 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Since firing Rick Neuheisel, UCLA's top choice to be their new head coach has been Boise State's Chris Petersen, but it doesn't look like UCLA is something Petersen is interested in.

According to a report at, UCLA reached out to Petersen and was told that he will not be a candidate.

Petersen also gave up quite a bit to stay at Boise, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times on Friday night. Petersen was apparently offered a deal that would have paid him nearly $4 million a year and given him $3 million to spend on assistants. Petersen reportedly turned down the money and chose to stay at Boise State for "lifestyle reasons."

Now that Petersen is out of the running, it's not clear who UCLA's second choice would be, though Houston's Kevin Sumlin, former Oregon head coach Mike Belotti and former Raiders head coach Tom Cable have all been mentioned as possible candidates. If Sumlin is next on the list, UCLA will have to move fast as he's a popular choice at just about every other school with a coaching vacancy at the moment.

Petersen has been the head coach at Boise State since 2006 and his name has come up as a candidate at many different schools over that time, but he's never left Boise State nor has he expressed much interest in doing so.

UCLA plays Oregon on Friday night in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:25 am

Chris Petersen turns down UCLA's offer

Think of it this way: would YOU want to live in LA or even California for that matter? The inmates are taking over the asylum.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:21 am

Chris Petersen turns down UCLA's offer

Think Dan Hawkins, Dirk Koetter, Houston Nutt, all former Boise State coaches. Koetter told Peterson if he left he would come back and smack him in the mouth because there is no better coaching job or place to live. Apparently Pete took his advice seriously - or was afraid of incurring some expensive dental problems. Turning down $4 million and a top notched talent pool to stay in Boise says a ton. Pete has turned down UCLA, Stanford, Miss State, North Caroilina and maybe one or two others. When will the other people learn? Boise is his home and where he wants to be and no amount of money is going to change that.  

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:05 am

Chris Petersen turns down UCLA's offer

Boise is a wonderful city. Great people, trees, mountains, nice little river running through the middle right next to BSU. Why leave?

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 5:56 am

Chris Petersen turns down UCLA's offer

As good of a job as UCLA is, Chris Petersen is smart to turn it down. Just look at recent history with Rodriguez leaving WVU and going to Michigan. He went from a program where he had everything in place to a well known football school that he wasn't ready to handle. Petersen should stay with the program he's built until the perfect fit comes up. Nothing is wrong with being the head coach at Boise State right now. Good luck to UCLA in their coaching hunt, I hope they put a beating on USC next year.

Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:36 am

us see

You are slamming some of the most loyal football fans in college football, regardless of who the coach is, USC fans are far from it.  Where were you when USC hired Petey.  USC fans went nuts, all 5000 of them.  I'm sure you have been a USC fan before you could walk and you were at a half full stadium. from 99-02.  and USC has had the best coaches of all time and runs a clean program.  I cheated on the test and got caught and that's the only time ever cheated...sure.  Have fun the next few years when your scholarships continue to drop, and Barkley gets drafted.  It's cyclical

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:20 am

Chris Petersen turns down UCLA's offer

With so many head coaching vacancies involving BCS schools, UCLA will have to act fast and have the money available to land the best available candidate. UCLA AD can't drag his feet or Bruins can lose out. Arizona and WSU acted quickly and are set for next year.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:24 pm

Chris Petersen turns down UCLA's offer

Petersen doesn't want to be Dan Hawkins, and will remain at Boise. You can't call him a big fish in a small pond, because Boise isn't a small pond. Petersen is in a goldfish bowl...alone.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:10 pm

Chris Petersen turns down UCLA's offer

Would have been interesting to see Chris Petersen's, Mike Leach's, and Chip Kelly's offenses in the same conference.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:03 pm

Chris Petersen won't be going to UCLA

Peterson's contract gets better every year as well as do his assistant's contracts. BSU is also in the process of raising money for another stadium upgrade and a new football complex. I think Peterson's contract has quadrupled since he started coaching at BSU. He has also won 2 fiesta bowls. No offense to UCLA but it's gong to take a pretty good job for Peterson to leave.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:47 pm

Chris Petersen won't be going to UCLA

Figures.  It was going to be a long shot anyway.  Peterson seems to be happy where he is - however, one would think over the long haul he has to be able to test his coaching ability against better competion.  I don't anticipate Boise ever joining the Pac 12, Big 12, Big 10 or SEC, so at some point in his career, he would need to move.  While Duke's BB program wasn't much to look at before Coach K arrived, Duke was already in the ACC, so as Coach K's resume improved, he really had no reason to leave Duke.  With Peterson, you can only continue to beat the Nevada's of the world so many times.

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