With the college football season winding down, the rumors about Boise State head coach Chris Petersen leaving the school he has been at since 2001 are starting once again. But the best option for the wildly successful coach is to stay in Idaho.
As the Associated Press reported (via ESPN), Petersen has shot down the speculation that has linked him to Arkansas, Colorado and Cal. The article mentions the coaching searches at Auburn, Tennessee, Boston College and Purdue, suggesting that these are places where Petersen’s name may also surface.
This will surely not be the last time he has to deal with questions about his future away from the Broncos before next season starts, and his answers should not change.
While Petersen is unlikely to spend his entire career at Boise State, none of the rumored options should be attractive enough to pull him away at this time.
The Broncos have plenty to look forward to with the changes coming to the BCS. While their future move to the Big East has been called into question, the recent “Group of Five” decision gives the Broncos a clear path to a BCS bowl regardless of which conference they play in.
He has a .912 winning percentage, won four bowl games and has victories in the 2007 and 2009 Fiesta Bowls. More BCS bowl victories are on the horizon for him if he stays.
What is Chris Petersen's best option for next season?
If there is any truth to the rumors, Petersen would be heading into an Arkansas program in turmoil, or to Cal, which hasn’t finished as a ranked team since 2006.
Then there’s Colorado, who are coming off a 1-11 season. In addition, Petersen has the lesson of his predecessor Dan Hawkins, who failed to achieve success when he left the Broncos for the Buffaloes.
Over the past seven seasons, Petersen has created history and tradition at Boise State, and he has no need to trade in his post to head to a struggling school with a storied past.
With his new contract, Petersen is making plenty of money—even in comparison to other top coaches—and has significantly better job security than many of his peers.
At this point in his career, it makes little sense for Petersen to leave, and he should continue ignoring offers from schools looking for a new head coach.