Petersen on Rumors: "99.9 Percent Is Always Completely False"


FAYETTEVILLE — Boise State coach Chris Petersen is no stranger to job talk.

In fact, Petersen may be most mentioned in coaching searches outside of Jon Gruden. There’s a reason for it, too. Petersen has impressed during his tenure at Boise State, leading the program to an 82-8 record in seven seasons

There's plenty of speculation that Petersen is among the top tier of candidates for the Arkansas position along with Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and TCU’s Gary Patterson. His name also has popped up in the conversation at Cal, which fired Jeff Tedford. Don't be surprised if he's in the mix at Oregon, too, if Chip Kelly leaves for an NFL job.

So Petersen was asked about the swirling coaching rumors during his weekly press conference today as his team prepares for Saturday’s regular-season finale against Nevada.

You can find the audio of the press conference here.

Below is the transcript regarding the coaching rumors:

Q: It’s that time of year again. You know, your name gets mentioned for every single job in the country.

A: “22 minutes is better than I thought.”

Q: Is it a distraction? How do you do it?

A: “It is not even kind of because it’s just rumors. That’s all I really want to say about this, and I say it every year. It’s just rumors. I don’t even think half the time it’s reporters. Everybody’s a reporter these days. Everybody’s got an opinion on a blog or something like that. So, throw it out and ‘Oh, it’s going to happen.’ I remember Chad, a couple of years ago, just had to talk to me. Sorry Chad, had to. ‘But this one is really, really true. This one I promise you. This one’s getting legs. I mean, it was so far from false. It couldn’t be …

“So, I mean, it is what it is. You guys love it. I know it’s great. Sells whatever. But it means zero here. We don’t even pay attention to it.”

Q: Is there trouble with it that your name comes up so often?

A: “The only trouble is in recruiting. And, so, 99.9 percent is always completely false. The problem is .1. But there hasn’t even been .1 so … yeah.”

A couple of other things worth nothing about Petersen's contract with Boise State.

• He agreed to a new contract worth $11.7 million over five years last spring, according to the Idaho Statesman. His pay under the new deal is $1.95 million this season and Peterson’s buyout, according to the newspaper, is $750,000.

• It also includes a couple of interesting clauses. First, Petersen's deal requires him to provide written notice at least 24 hours before interviewing for another coaching job. Second, if Petersen leaves he would not be allowed to do so until after his team's bowl game.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau