With the news that long-time Cal Bears head coach Jeff Tedford has been fired, the search now begins for his replacement. One name that always gets attached to coaching vacancies at BCS conference schools is Chris Petersen, current head coach of the Boise State Broncos. But will the Cal job be the one to lure Petersen out of Boise?
According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, a source close to Petersen told him that there are two jobs that would tempt him away from Boise State: head coach of the Oregon Ducks or Cal Bears. Now, we get a chance to see how prone to temptation Petersen is.
The timing might be perfect for Petersen to make a change. Boise State is getting set to move into the Big East, but that situation has gone from bad to worse with the defection of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to the Big Ten (or 14) and rumor of the Connecticut Huskies bolting for the ACC. That uncertainty has the Broncos now reaching back out to the Mountain West Conference as a contingency plan in case the Big East plan falls through.
Plus, the cupboard is far from bare in Berkeley. While the team has won just three games this season, the Bears are stocked with talent and potential for the next head coach. Freshman quarterback Zach Kline, rated as the fourth best quarterback in the country for the 2012 freshman class, is a future star ready to mold. Add in a talented receiving corps that was made up almost entirely of freshmen and Keenan Allen, and the future is bright.
Add in the brand new facilities with a renovated Memorial Stadium, a strong academic tradition and fertile recruiting base, and the next Cal coach will step into a situation that is tailor-made for success. Tedford has spent the last decade building the program up from nothing to the benefit of his successor.
Petersen has made a living at the small-conference Boise State by coaching disciplined football teams that utilize their potential to the fullest. Every year, he’s had to break his way into the BCS discussion without the resources of the rest of the BCS contenders. Is it finally time he was lured away to join the ranks of the BCS conferences?
The Boise State Broncos have built one of the best programs in the country thanks to Petersen, and they treat their head coach very well. It might just be hollow speculation, as Petersen is attached to literally every head coaching job that comes available. But the Cal job is attractive enough to make him think twice about it.
So which will it be for Petersen in 2013: Boise or Berkeley?