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There are, of course, several other names to consider for this job.
Current Boise State assistant coaches could include linebackers coach Bob Gregory, offensive line coach Chris Stausser and current offensive coordinator Robert Prince. Gregory was named the interim head coach for bowl season. Of course, that could mean nothing.
Former coach Dan Hawkins will probably get a few rumors thrown his way, but that is a long shot. He did say on a local radio show however, that he is interested.
Justin Wilcox probably gets mentioned too, but it seems as if he is staying put and reuniting with coach Petersen in Washington. If he does decide to pursue the Boise State job, he will no doubt shoot to the top portion of the list.
Former assistant Sean Kugler might get a look. He is the current UTEP head coach, but his first season was a struggle. He led his team to an overall record of 2-11, but he is trying to rebuild a program.
Colorado School of Mines head coach Bob Stitt is an intriguing name that has popped up in various conversations around Boise.
John Henderson of The Denver Post has reported that he was interested in the Wyoming job. Does that mean he might be interested in Boise State?
It is at least worth a conversation.
Stitt has an overall record of 90-57 as a head coach and is considered by many as an innovator in college football. After all, he did create what is known as the "fly-sweep." It is a play that CBS Sports called "the hottest play in football."
The downside to Stitt is that he is not connected to the Boise State program, and he is a Division II head coach.
However, the positives with Stitt seem to far outweigh the concerns.
Who will it be?
Quite frankly, it could be any of those listed here or it could be any one of a dozen other candidates.
It may be a sad day for many Boise State fans, but it should also be an exciting one. Boise State has continually moved onward and upward, and, even with the big loss of Petersen, the program has a chance to prove to all that they are not going to relent.
As stated earlier, it is simply a call of, "next man up."