Boise State football coach Chris Petersen will take NCAA penalty if appeal isn't completed in time

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

LAS VEGAS — Boise State football coach Chris Petersen plans to honor the NCAA’s scholarship penalty for 2012 unless the Committee on Infractions completes the appeals process before the season.

Boise State was docked three scholarships per year from 2011 to 2013 for rules violations, but the appeals committee ruled in Boise State’s favor — calling that penalty “excessive.” The case was sent back to the COI, but the NCAA has not provided a timeline for dealing with the issue.

Boise State has the right to use the full allotment of 85 scholarships until the case is finalized, but Petersen says he won’t. The Broncos used 82 last year and plan to do so again — even if it means taking more of a penalty than what the COI eventually delivers.

“I want to get done with it,” Petersen said Tuesday at Mountain West media days.

Petersen says he’s still hopeful the COI will make its decision before the season. He said he has plans for the additional three scholarships but did not elaborate.

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Here is the audio of Boise State’s podium session, which included Petersen, cornerback Jamar Taylor and offensive lineman Joe Kellogg. It does not include the later one-on-one interviews, which is the source of many of the quotes in this post.

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Several Mountain West coaches with open quarterback jobs said they planned to make decisions quickly in fall camp. Petersen is taking a more cautious approach, as he has in the past.

“You want to get it right, and as right as you can,” he said. “And the guy who deserves the opportunity to go with it. I don’t think about it in terms of time. I think about it in terms of when we know and when it’s right, and that’s just kind of been our approach.”

Petersen said the four quarterbacks will continue to compete for the starting job in fall camp, which will give the younger players the time they need to develop.

“I think (junior Joe Southwick) did a great job in spring ball, but I think the other kids did, too,” Petersen said. “The other guys are just young in terms of knowing the system. Joe knows it very well. … You have to give it ample time to play out in as many situations as possible. We’ve been lucky and the kids (in the past) have produced when we put them in there. That doesn’t mean we always will be that fortunate. That’s why you don’t want to rush the decision.”

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Petersen never pays attention to preseason polls. Here’s why:

“The mindset that we have in our program is that respect is earned, not given, and that’s what I think about preseason polls — that somebody is just giving you something that you haven’t truly earned," Petersen said. "That’s why we haven’t paid attention. We’re all about earning whatever we can.”

Petersen even joked that senior Mitch Burroughs, the preseason Special Teams Player of the Year, isn’t the starting punt returner — which isn’t far from the truth. Burroughs will continue to battle Chris Potter for the job.

“We’ve got two really good punt returners,” Petersen said. “Chris Potter has done some great things. That’s the Boise way. That’s the Bronco way. I’m happy that they acknowledged Mitch and I think he’s going to do some really good things — I think he’s going to do some really good things as a receiver and returner — but I can say the very same thing about Chris Potter. That’s what our team is all about. We are a team. It’s not about acknowledging one guy. It’s us going out and earning the true respect that these kids want and developing and getting better.”

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Petersen didn’t seem interested in trying to recruit players away from Penn State’s roster but wouldn’t rule it out, particularly if a player reached out to the Broncos.

“The whole thing is just such a bizarre situation,” he said.

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Fullback Dan Paul is still dealing with the groin injury that forced him to redshirt last season, Petersen said. He was week to week last September and isn’t fully healed.

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Not having Paul ready

could be be a huge blow....

Chadd

The link is not working..

TIA

Coach Pete

is an absolute class act. If the NCAA wanted to, they could cite the vast majority of universities for some type of infraction(s). Accept your punishment and go on. Don't snivel and whine like backers of a "certain" university have done the last couple of days....Sunny...

§ COI likely has been busy

Worrying about cheeseburgers and few nights on a couch? Right. In lieu of what's been happening on the cfb landscape (infractions-wise) this ongoing "examination" of BSU becomes more of a joke every day.

“I think (junior Joe Southwick) did a great job in spring ball, but I think the other kids did, too,” Petersen said. “The other guys are just young in terms of knowing the system. Joe knows it very well. … You have to give it ample time to play out in as many situations as possible. We’ve been lucky and the kids (in the past) have produced when we put them in there. That doesn’t mean we always will be that fortunate. That’s why you don’t want to rush the decision.”

Overall loose translation: "Be ready, Nick."

"You have to give it ample time to play out in as many situations as possible."

More pointed translation: "We go down 21-3 in the 2nd quarter against MSU: 'Nick, get in there.'"

Please.....

MSU is not going to be up 21-3 in the 2nd quarter. Didn't you see they lost there starting QB of 4 years as well? You know the one that NEVER lost to Michigan? It's Kirk Cousins if your lost. They also lost a few other studs on offense, just like we did. Look for this to be a grind it out defensive battle. Broncos win 24-20

§ sk21

That was a "what if", not a prediction. And, yeah, I do who know "there" starting QB was, just in case "your" lost.

My sentiment is that I have no confidence that Southwick can do the job.

And now they've lost their

And now they've lost their snapper for the season. Spinal injury. I wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Who?

The long snapper?

§ Boater

"Michigan State football long snapper Steve Moore will be sidelined for the entire 2012 season after fracturing his C4 vertebra on Saturday, according to Michigan State University Associate Athletic Director John Lewandowski.

Moore suffered the injury after diving off the back of a boat and landing on a sandbar. He has full use of all extremities, with no loss of sensation. Moore is consulting with doctors regarding probable surgical intervention."

http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20120724/GW01/307240050/MSU-football-Long-snapper-Moore-fractures-C4-vertebra-out-2012?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|GreenAndWhite|p&nclick_check=1

Ouch...

For being the "video game generation" some of these young cats do some crazy stuff. Probably more bad luck finding a sandbar than actually being a daredevil. Hoping Steve Moore plays again.

Not sure razor

about the QB situation, but I do not see MSU getting 21 points in the game let alone by the 2nd qtr. This is not a good offense we will be facing in the first game.

§ Regardless

or, maybe "irregardless" if it were sk21 posting. I think MSU is going to come out loaded for bear against this "rebuilding" BSU team.

This will be BSU at it's most vulnerable in a long time. Again, I have no faith that Southwick is the QB for this team. Patti didn't earn 8A PoY in Florida and then come across the country to sit. It may not work out that way and, perhaps, Joe steps up and gets the job done. Good for him and the team if that is what eventuates.

Crow on the barbie for me in that case. Wouldn't be the first time (thanks Wiz)!

No worries

mate.

I too have had my reservations about Joe, but he did look good in the Spring game. If I'm not mistaken, Pete has 3 games to decide on redshirt years.

As for MSU, this is a good team, for sure. Their defense is top-shelf (but I think our speed and shift will give them fits), but their offense is very inexperienced at the skill positions, although they may have a top-5 OL, and that will give them some chances.

Offenses in the Big 10 are pretty bland (Northwestern has opened up their O).

My 2 cents anyway

§ Aussies

tfunk,

stood at the back of a 747 from Honolulu to SFO (long time ago) drinking Fosters with a couple of "mates" for an hour or so. They said it was just average pizz (seriously, that's what they called it). Crazy Aussies thought they could rent an RV in LA and then traverse the west coast up to Vancouver, hit Montreal, down to Florida, across Texas, then back to LA ... all in 2 weeks!

Have another Fosters.

You can bet that MSU is going over lessons (learned or otherwise) from Oregon, VA Tech, and Georgia. They won't underestimate BSU (not that the others did). Now, if BSU flat-out beats the Spartans head-up, all the better and another feather.

razor, funky

I know that Southwick has really worked hard the last year. I wasnt sold on him either as his mop-up duty was sketchy and he zeroed in on receivers from the snap. Often two defensive backs were fighting over a sure interception. Jitters? Youth? Ya, probably. But its very difficult to coach poise. You either have it or you dont. He has to prove he has poise and more importantly he has to show the staff he has it. And forget fooling the fans. After watching Kellen, the fans will chew him up and spit him out if he starts getting "happy feet" by the time Toledo comes to town (Not sure he gets a pass for a mediocre performance at State too).

If Southwick doesnt win the job it isnt from a lack of effort. He wants the job badly and his knowledge of the offense is far ahead of the other 3.

All four QBs are probably capeable of a 9-3 season. I dont think anyone wants to "settle" for that.

§ 9-3

Where have we heard that before?

Joe gets a pass at MSU only with a win. It can be ug... (err, sorry) less-than-pretty, but if it's a "W", everyone will take it gladly.

Poise is a great word, but as you indicate, an intangible until the heat is on.

Guess the question is (although nobody except Coach Pete knows): how long is the leash?

email your way.

Ill take a W.

Ive said this before and Ill say it again....that UW game in 07 was painful. Turning the ball over in the Red Zone and not converting some easy 3rd downs really killed us. Taylor Tharp went on to have a pretty good season after that but I think he shares some blame and burden for that game in Seattle. It took the defense a whole half to figure Jake Locker wasnt going to beat them with his arm and when they did, the offense couldnt capitalize.

Fall camp will be interesting. If Bush Hamden wouldnt have banged his throwing hand on a helmet in fall camp of 07, he might have been a two year starter and Kellen might not have seen the field until his Redshirt Sophomore year.

Dont we have a short year coming up??

Forgot now what year Wilson graduated, but seems we needed to save a few scholarships to increase number of kids for that class when it rolls around again?

"Ghandi didn't take a penalty"....

I'm sure the NCAA would've penalized him somehow.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

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