By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
It looks like the Boise State football program will lose its offensive coordinator for the second straight season.
Brent Pease has decided to leave the Broncos and will choose between offers to become the offensive coordinator at Florida and Alabama, a source told the Idaho Statesman. Florida is considered the favorite.
The Gainesville Sun reports that Pease is in Gainesville, Fla., to meet with the Gators and plans to meet with Alabama coach Nick Saban on Tuesday.
Quarterback recruit Nick Patti, who is from Orlando, Fla., said Friday he plans to join the Broncos next week regardless of the coordinator situation. He contacted Petersen and was told Pease had not finalized his departure but is considering his options, he said.
"A lot of the reason I'm going there is for coach Petersen, a lot more than the offensive coordinator," Patti said. "No doubt, I'll be there next Saturday."
Petersen is traveling and unavailable for comment.
Pease was the Broncos' wide receivers coach from 2006 to 2010. He took a job as the Indiana offensive coordinator after last season, then returned to Boise State days later when offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin left to take a coordinator job at Texas.
Pease and three other Boise State offensive assistants visited Alabama last spring as part of their annual professional development. Saban was the Houston Oilers' defensive backs coach when Pease was a quarterback there. Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski also made that trip.
Pease helped develop wide receivers Jeremy Childs, Austin Pettis, Titus Young and Tyler Shoemaker into record-setting players.
In 2011, he orchestrated an offense that ranked sixth in scoring (44.2 points per game), ninth in total offense (481.3 yards per game), first in sacks allowed (eight) and fourth in pass efficiency (171.57).
Pease has served as offensive coordinator at Montana, Northern Arizona, Baylor and Kentucky.
Wide receivers coach Robert Prince, who once was the designated heir apparent to Chris Petersen as the Broncos' coordinator, is considered the leading candidate to replace Pease. Prince rejoined the staff last year.
Prince was the wide receivers coach at Boise State from 2001 to 2003, while Petersen was the coordinator. He left for a job in the NFL, where he spent six years as an offensive assistant with three teams. He was the wide receivers coach at Colorado in 2010, under former Boise State coach Dan Hawkins.
Earlier Friday, ESPN.com reported that Pease is the top candidate for the coordinator jobs at Alabama and Florida.