Chris Petersen is staying put, content for now to continue his highly successful run at Boise State.
The Broncos coach acknowledged Monday being intrigued by Stanford’s opening and having a telephone conversation with Cardinal athletic officials, but said the allure was not enough to make him leave his powerhouse program for “The Farm.”
“I’m really happy to be in the position I’ve been the last five years,” said Petersen, whose record is 61-5 with two undefeated seasons at Boise State. “I think (Stanford) is a very special place. I just thought it was worth having a conversation about, but that’s about as far as it went.”
Stanford has been looking for a coach since Jim Harbaugh took over the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers last week and Petersen grew up in northern California and played at Sacramento City College and UC Davis.
Next season, the Broncos will leave the Western Athletic Conference, which they’ve dominated the last 10 years, and begin playing in a Mountain West Conference that has been gutted of top teams such as Utah, TCU and Brigham Young.
Athletic director Gene Bleymaier said he granted Stanford permission to talk to Petersen, but also lobbied hard to keep him. Bleymaier declined to say whether Petersen’s current five-year contract would be reworked.
Les Miles met with Michigan officials about the Wolverines’ coaching vacancy.
LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette says Miles had the meeting in Baton Rouge on Monday evening, but says he cannot say who represented Michigan at the meeting.
Bonnette says Miles’ status at LSU remains unchanged and Miles still plans to travel to Dallas today to speak at an American Football Coaches Association gathering.
Miles is a former player and assistant coach at Michigan, where current athletic director Dave Brandon was his former teammate.
JACQUIZZ TO NFL
Oregon State tailback Jacquizz Rodgers says he’ll enter the NFL draft.
Rodgers, 5-foot-7, 191-pound junior, finished his college career with 3,877 rushing yards, second in school history behind Ken Simonton.
He is the school’s career leader for receptions by a running back with 151.
Tulsa coach Todd Graham agreed to be Pitt’s football coach in a month, a move designed to quickly bring stability to a program rocked by former coach Mike Haywood’s arrest last month, days after he was hired. Sophomore tailback Ryan Williams is leaving Virginia Tech with two years of eligibility remaining to make himself available for April’s NFL draft. Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins, a three-year starter, said he will return for his senior season. Stanford senior fullback-linebacker Owen Marecic, from Portland’s Jesuit High, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award to honor the most versatile player in college football. Illinois middle linebacker Martez Wilson will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Wilson sat out most of the 2009 season after having neck surgery. He was also stabbed before that season while reportedly helping a former teammate during a fight outside a bar. Ole Miss hired Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee as offensive coordinator. Coach Houston Nutt said he will turn over play-calling responsibilities to Lee, who worked for Nutt twice at Arkansas. In the wake of the spinal cord injury to Eric LeGrand of Rutgers in October, a fund has been established to support players who sustained serious injuries in college football.