Boise State special teams coach Jeff Choate is a finalist for head job at Eastern Illinois

By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman

Boise State special teams and nickels coach Jeff Choate is one of four finalists for the head-coaching job at Eastern Illinois, the school in Charleston, Ill., announced Monday.

Choate expects to interview after the conclusion of the regular season. He was the special teams coach at Eastern Illinois in 2005.

“I’m honored to be selected as a finalist for the Eastern Illinois head coaching position,” Choate said in a prepared statement. “I have fond memories coaching there and I look forward to the opportunity of interviewing for the job at a later date. Right now my focus is on my current coaching responsibilities at Boise State and the remaining three games we have on our regular-season schedule, starting with San Diego State this Saturday.”

In a separate interview, Choate said he wants to become a head coach and that he was approached “a while ago.”

Eastern Illinois coach Bob Spoo retired after 25 years at the school. The team plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level and concluded its season Saturday.

The other finalists for the job are Dino Babers, assistant coach/special teams coordinator at Baylor; Mark Hutson, interim head coach at Tulane; and Randall McCray, assistant coach/linebackers and special teams at Pittsburgh.

Hutson was the Boise State special teams and tight ends coach in 1997 under Houston Nutt. He was on the Eastern Illinois staff with Choate.

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Huuum, wonder if they have heard about the kicking game?

I don't know, probably should keep it under wraps.


.....maybe they haven't heard yet!!

Good luck to Coach Choate...

though it appears he has some tough competition. If he is hired I'm sure they will play a very agressive brand of football.

Can't Say I am Sorry To See Him Go

Assumning he gets the job. If he is the guy responsible for the poor performance of the kickers then I am all for seeing the backside of him as he waves good-bye.

Wow, simple assumption you made.

Don't know why you'd bother commenting with the small brush of knowledge you have. Choate has played a big part with the team and made a lot of contributions. He's even responsible for getting us longshot recruits. If you've been paying attention to the games played this year you should be far more concerned about the offensive coordinator.
The bubble screens are turning the BSU clock backwards.

Oh, hemorrhage or something on that kicking, especially richfrog


Everybody wants to hue the knurled


Good choice!