FAYETTEVILLE — Boise State coach Chris Petersen is no stranger to job talk.
In fact, Petersen may be the 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.
So it’s no surprise that Petersen is a popular name in coaching searches. It includes Arkansas, where Petersen is rumored to be among the top tier of candidates for the 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.
Petersen was asked about the swirling coaching rumors during his weekly press conference Monday as the Broncos prepared for Saturday’s regular-season finale against Nevada. Petersen said any speculation about jobs is “just rumors.”
“That’s all I really want to say about this, and I say it every year,” Petersen said, according to Idaho media reports. “It’s just rumors.”
Petersen 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. Peterson’s buyout, according to the newspaper, is $750,000.
The deal also includes a clause that requires Petersen to provide written notice at least 24 hours before interviewing for another coaching job.
“The only trouble is in recruiting,” Peterson said of the speculation. “And, so, 99.9 percent is always completely false. The problem is .1. But there hasn’t even been .1.”