As the Penn State search for a replacement for Joe Paterno stretches into perhaps January, Idaho continues to be a stop on the quest. Reports continue to point to Boise State coach Chris Petersen as #1 on the Nittany Lion wish list.
Supposedly a Penn State search committee member has made two trips to Idaho within the last eight days to try to woo Boise State coach Chris Petersen. Petersen has steadfastly refused to address any openings with the media. There have been rumors that both UCLA and Texas A&M contacted him during their recent coaching searches.
Petersen took over for Dan Hawkins in 2006, and in the intervening six years, Boise State has failed to win more than 10 games just once. Boise is 4-2 in bowl games under Petersen, including two BCS bowl wins. Boise State recently was ranked 2nd (behind Penn State) among Top 25 BCS programs in graduation rates.
Others being mentioned in the Penn State search are current Tennessee Titan coach Mike Munchak (a former PSU lineman) as well Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe and Duke coach David Cutcliffe. Both have demonstrated a modicum of success at academically challenging schools, and both have excellent reputations for running clean programs.