Petersen preached playing by the rules and living up to commitments. I guess they only applied to the players he suspended.
Before the coronation of Bryan Harsin as the messiah let’s remember this season is not over. Boise has to play Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl.
This is a tough game for the Broncos without the distraction of losing head coach Chris Petersen to Washington and hiring Bryan Harsin from Arkansas State.
Before I go further, don’t get me wrong, Harsin coming to Boise was the best thing that could have happened. Of all the candidates I’m glad it was he that was hired. Candidly, I was hoping for Urban Meyer or Nick Saban, but I understand, they had bowl games to prepare.
The Petersen Principle
I have always been a Petersen supporter, but I expected more. You don’t leave before the season is over. I’m certain he preaches and teaches commitment. In fact, he demands it.
He had a contract. That was his word.
This past year the Boise State defense struggled. It could have used suspended D-backs Lee Hightower and Eric Agbarogi along with D-lineman Sam Ukwuachu. I’m wondering if their reasons for suspension and dismissal were anywhere near what Petersen did?
That’s crapola about a great opportunity, leaving Boise being a tough decision, and it was best for the program. Does anyone really understand his comment about growing as a person. Is that somehow supposed to make Boise supporters feel they were standing in the way of his personal development? He’s been looking since day one. That’s what coaches do.
For him to move on is one thing, but to make it something other than what it is, is another.
Boise fans withheld criticism of Petersen all year long allowing blame roll of his back and onto the OC Robert Prince.
Coaches leave because they are fired.
Coaches leave because the NCAA rules committee is about to catch up with them and their program.
Coaches leave because they see that they have failed to recruit a winning team and they want to get out before the house of cards caves in on them.
Coaches leave because of an impending scandal.
Coaches leave for more money.
None leave for the good of their families, the university, the players, the fans, or the program; only for themselves.
Certainly the buy-out provision of the contract makes it all legal, but is it principled. This is from the coach who spared no one from punishment or suspension when it came to breaking team rules. Petersen broke a contract.
That is the only thing that makes Harsin breaking his contract and leaving Arkansas State palatable; they all do it.
I know; it’s not personal, it’s business. And many wonder why universities turn out moral dunces. And coaches feel justified because the universities will break contracts on their end when convenient also.
A Lesson From Woody Hayes
History and sport’s journalism will judge Ohio State’s Woody Hayes for punching an opposing team’s player, who was in full battle gear. That entire episode diminished how I felt about the man.
Woody would have never left Ohio State for money. His assistants were paid more.
The number of great coaches and citizens spawned by passing through his program is staggering. Not only did he talk the talk, but he walked the walk. To him commitment and loyalty were treasured principles and words beyond their meaning.
If a recruit committed to Ohio State and played somewhere else in the conference, when he played against Woody it would not be a good day for him.
When Washington comes to Boise in 2015 I hope it’s a bad day for Petersen.
Back to Boise
At Boise State the program is bigger than one person.
Although great attention and emphasis has been attached to the head coaches at Boise State, much credit must be given to the program itself. There is a feeling that a recruit can come to BSU, not get lost in the machinery, and get a degree.
The program attracts players who are willing to forego the lure to play primetime every week for the opportunity to play every week. It attracts a guy who develops late, a late bloomer. It attracts recruits that are willing to play a role in order to play and win.
And if you’re not a great player and don’t have an opportunity to play much, you can learn by being a part of a progressive and innovative program. And by the time your 20th high school reunion roles around you’ll be commanding a million dollar a year head coach’s job.
Back To The Season (Remember, It’s Not Over)
The type of season the Broncos are having is called a rebuilding year in Boise. At most other schools such a record is a rebuilt year. That said, a loss to Oregon State will make this year seem like a losing season among those of the Bronco nation.
Boise will face the 3rd ranked passing offense in the nation. And if the Boise secondary doesn’t get smarter and more aggressive in the next week or so we will yet have another reason why Petersen left; he’s saving the five loss season for his Washington resume.
I hope the BSU coaching staff is keeping the team focused. There is yet another game to be played.
And here is that inconvenient truth; Boise did more for Petersen than Petersen did for Boise.