Boise State Football: Are the Petersen Rumors True This Time?

Martin Sondermann@@GamedayreporterAnalyst IIDecember 1, 2012

Oct 27, 2012; Laramie, WY, USA; Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen reacts against the Wyoming Cowboys during the third quarter at War Memorial Stadium.  The Broncos beat the Cowboys 45-14.  Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-US PRESSWIRE

An article by Andy Hodges on reports that Chris Petersen is expected to be named the Razorbacks' new football coach on Tuesday.

If true, you would have to be impressed with the secrecy at which this has all occurred. If it is untrue, you will have to be amazed at the level of willingness to report rumors as fact.

If you read the posted article closely, there seems to be some guess work involved. The article claims "multiple sources," but doesn't name those sources. The language is vague as well, saying that the announcement "should" happen Tuesday. Also, it goes on to give an out to its statements. It says:

That’s assuming, of course, nothing changes. After the Dana Altman experience of 2007, Arkansas fans have seen just about the strangest of the strange things happen when it comes to new coaching hires. That was when the Creighton coach was hired to replace the fired Stan Heath, took the job and backed out the next day.

However, the article then adds, "This one doesn't figure to go that way."

So, does this story have a proverbial leg to stand on? Maybe not, but you still have to wonder why current Florida Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease was at the Nevada game Saturday wearing a Boise State hat.

Of course, Pease is an Idaho guy and is the former Boise State offensive coordinator. He left for Florida after last season, and he may very well be the first candidate on the list to take over Boise State should Coach Pete depart. However, he also may just have been there supporting his friends and taking a break.

There has been much speculation about Petersen and about what it would take for him to leave Boise. Most say Cal or Oregon are the best bets to snag the sought-after coach.

However, Petersen has never been one for conventional thinking.

Chris Petersen has stayed at Boise year after year and has helped to build something very special within the program. With the win over Nevada on Saturday, his Broncos are 10-2 on the season, which gives the program seven straight seasons with double-digit wins.

So why would he leave now? Not for money—most fans know that.

However, it could be for the challenge.

The Hogs are in the SEC, which is known as the best conference in college football. With the Broncos' uncertainty when it comes to conference affiliation and the state of college football in general, perhaps Petersen is looking to step up, so to speak.

Boise State fans will be shocked if Petersen decides to leave, especially to Arkansas. However, it wouldn't be the end of the Broncos' football program. Boise State has always had a good program, and Petersen helped to make it elite. That would continue if Brent Pease or any other coach associated with the program stepped up into the lead role.

The tradition at Boise State and the way things are done wouldn't change. It might worry some fans and cause critics to write the Broncos' obituary, but they would be wrong.

Of course, this all could be just another round of rumors, and Coach Petersen could be staying put—like he always has. If he does, Boise State fans will continue to be thankful for a coach who has stuck by them when many in the college football universe have called for him to leave, or have predicted as much. Coach Petersen is a great coach, but he is also a good man.

Boise State has been highly blessed to have a leader like Petersen. If that continues, all of Bronco Nation should recommit to supporting the program and taking it to the next level.

No matter what conference they end up in, the program can raise the bar.