By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen plans to stay with the Broncos and has re-hired two old friends to round out his coaching staff, the school announced Monday afternoon.
Petersen had been rumored as a candidate for the top job at Stanford.
He has hired Brent Pease as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Pease took a job less than two weeks ago as the offensive coordinator at Indiana after five years with the Broncos as the wide receivers coach. He has coordinating experience in the Big 12, SEC and Big Sky and played quarterback at Montana.
Petersen hired Robert Prince to replace Pease as the wide receivers coach and serve as the pass game coordinator (offensive line coach Chris Strausser is the run game coordinator). Prince was the wide receivers coach from 2001 to 2003 while Petersen was the offensive coordinator.
“I can’t express enough how happy we are to have two outstanding coaches back on our staff,” Petersen said in a press release. “Brent (Pease) has played an important role in our success the past five years and having him take over the direction of the offense is a major plus as we move forward at Boise State.
“Robert (Prince) and I worked closely together 10 years ago in helping lay the foundation of the program and I feel fortunate to have him back on staff. He is an outstanding coach who I’m sure will be able to inject several new ideas into our offensive game plan.”
Petersen, Pease and Prince will speak to the media at 4:45 p.m.
Earlier today, former Boise State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bryan Harsin was introduced to the media in Austin, Texas, as the new Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator.
Here are highlights from the Boise State press conference and my conversation with Harsin:
— Petersen had a phone conversation with Stanford and that was it. “You guys have been chasing your tails for no reason,” he said. “… I think that’s a very unique, special place — there’s no question. I thought it would be something to have a conversation about. … There’s a couple places out there that I think are intriguing that you don’t really know about from not being there. Sometimes it’s important to have a conversation or hear some things.”
— Petersen’s decision was based more on Boise State than Stanford, he said.
“It’s more about Boise State being a great place that we really love,” he said.
— Petersen talked to athletic director Gene Bleymaier to ensure they were on the same page but there were no concrete concessions. Petersen has an existing five-year contract. The priority is completing the new football facility, which is part of the north end zone stadium expansion. “We definitely want to get that going,” Bleymaier said.
— Petersen on Pease: “He lost his mind for about four days. And then he came back to his senses.”
— Pease, on his return: “An awkward seven days. It’s been up and down. Some gut-wrenching decisions that I had to make but it all smoothed out. I’m very fortunate Coach Pete gave me an opportunity to come back and how it all worked out.”
— Pease on the offense: “The foundation of everything is still there. One thing I grew a part of is how we use the personnel, the shifts and motion, the tempo — that’s all good stuff.”
— Prince on returning: “When Coach Pete called me he said, ‘Hey, R.P., we can make this thing really simple — if you want to come back, let’s make this thing happen.’ ”