Then Bryan Harsin, a Treasure Valley kid, lands the job as Boise State’s new head coach. Coach Harsin gets a great gig in his hometown. But how would you like to be the coach that follows Coach Pete? That’s like being the artist that followed Michelangelo.
Think of the memories for Bronco Nation over the past few years! Remember where you were on Jan. 1, 2007? The Broncos’ 43-42 win over Oklahoma was perhaps the greatest ending in the history of college football. Upstart Boise State beat the historical powerhouse Sooners on a series of trick plays that worked to perfection, followed by the star running back proposing on camera to his cheerleader girlfriend.
Then, on Jan. 4, 2010, the Broncos pulled off another Fiesta Bowl victory, this time beating the TCU Horned Frogs 17-10. Over the years, multiple BCS conference teams have fallen victim (sometimes multiple times) to the Broncos: Oregon State, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Arizona State, Utah and Coach Pete’s new school, Washington.
There have been disappointments. There was the 17-16 loss to TCU in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl. Losing to Nevada 34-31 in 2010 spoiled a perfect season and broke Bronco Nation’s heart. The 36-35 loss to TCU in the 2011 season was devastating. With a few more straight kicks and a couple of lucky bounces, Coach Pete’s win-loss record could have been even more remarkable.
Coach Petersen leaves Boise State in good shape. During his tenure, the stadium has been expanded and the training facilities improved. Coach Harsin seems like a great hire. The Boise State football brand remains strong.
Thanks for the memories, Coach Pete.
Brian Hansen is a partner at Holland & Hart in Boise, where he works in the business, corporate and finance practice. Brian is a lifelong football fan and looks forward to cheering on Coach Harsin and the Broncos for many years to come.