Penn State is sniffing around a very successful coach out west:
Penn State is reportedly interested in having Boise State football coach Chris Petersen move east to take the same position with the Nittany Lions, according to a report in the Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.).
School officials have reportedly visited Idaho twice in recent days in order to make a sales pitch to one of the nation’s most successful coaches in recent years.
It’s not known if Petersen would be interested in taking over the once-great program now sullied by the child abuse allegations leveled against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Perhaps as troubling were reports of a cover-up by Sandusky’s boss, since-dismissed head coach Joe Paterno, along with other school officials who have been terminated.
At this point, would you leave Boise State for Penn State?
Look at what Tom Crean went through at Indiana, where the athletic department has had a fair yet remarkable amount of patience after Kelvin Sampson left the program in ruins.
Would Petersen be extended the same grace in Happy Valley running a $72.7 million enterprise?
Update: Petersen “has made it known” that he is not interested in Penn State.
(Also, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Penn State is interested in Mike Munchak.)