Born and raised in Yuba City, California, Petersen played safety and quarterback for the Honkers at Yuba City High School. After graduation in 1983, he played quarterback for the Sacramento City College Panthers for two seasons, then transferred to non-scholarship UC Davis, then in Division II. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1988 and a master's degree in education from UC Davis.
The five-year deal calls for Petersen to receive a base salary of $2 million for the 2012 season, with $200,000 raises in each subsequent season. Assuming he remains at Boise State at the end of the relevant seasons, Petersen will receive retention bonuses of $100,000 after two years and $200,000 in each of the final three years of the deal.
4 million a year for 4 years. So 16 million total. That would make him the highest paid coach in the Pac-12. If he says no, you know it wasn't the money.
No matter what, this potential change is about finding the right coach who can generate enthusiasm in a fluid Pac-12 Conference dynamic. The top candidates:
Charlie Strong, Louisville: Interviewed for the job 11 years ago when Tedford was hired and was the school's second choice. Strong has spoken over the years about his desire to land the Cal job during that search, and how disappointed he was that it didn't happen. He'll have his choice of jobs this offseason, including a few in the SEC.
James Franklin, Vanderbilt: Has proven he can win at a school with high academic standards, while dealing with a history of poor performance on and off (recruiting) the field. Dynamic personality who has changed the culture at the SEC's perennial loser.
Willie Taggart, Western Kentucky: A former Stanford assistant who knows the Northern California recruiting trails, and knows what it takes to win (and build a fan base) on the West Coast from his time with Jim Harbaugh. Much like Strong, he, too, will have other offers—probably in the SEC.
Gary Andersen, Utah State: Kyle Whittingham's top assistant at Utah before leaving for Utah State and rebuilding a struggling program. He's a defense-first guy (No. 6 nationally in scoring defense), but also understands the value of a spread offense (Aggies averaging 32 points a game).
Mike McIntyre, San Jose State: Has done the unthinkable at San Jose State, which probably should have given up FBS football a few years ago. The Spartans are relevant again, and McIntyre has quickly assimilated to West Coast recruiting.
Originally posted by toeshawn:
Just read in a blog that Chris Peterson would be a top candidate. What does it take to pull this dude from Boise?
Big money for sure. But, it has to come down to more than just that. Peterson may be looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to return Cal to some football prominence. Or,, maybe he is sick of playing football on a blue field.
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