Chris Petersen: 'You're just going to trade one set of problems for another'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday February 13, 2013

Chris Petersen doesn't think it's that complicated.

Every offseason, the Boise State head coach's name comes up for a few jobs. Message board fans of just about every team want to hire him.

They think it's simple. That their money and bigger stadium means their school has a better job. But that's not how Petersen looks at it.

He joined 103.9 The Game in Arkansas to talk about a number of topics, and his job and potential next stop was one of them.

"I just know this: I'm in a really good place," Petersen said. "I think it's a weird dynamic again with how coaches are. Coaches are so driven, so competitive, trying to get the next thing, whatever that is. There's nobody probably worse in the country than coaches in terms of that mentality. I have been fortunate enough to observe and watch other guys out there bounce around and move around.

"We say around here, 'The grass isn't always bluer.' I guess most people say greener, but we say bluer around here. I really just believe that. You're just going to trade one set of problems for another. I know that. I know that from the bottom of my heart. Does that mean I'm at Boise State forever? Not necessarily, but I know this is a very good job I really think it's one of the top jobs in the country, because we can recruit really good kids and players, we can get really good coaches, the community is awesome, it's a great place to live, and we have a huge chance to win. At the end of the day, what more does a guy look for?

"I learned long ago that the size of the stadium has absolutely zero to do with my happiness. Nothing. Really, that's the same for the kids and recruits, as well. That stuff wears off in about two seconds. It's great in recruiting and it's great when it's all fun and games, but once you get there and that newness wears off, here's the reality of being there.

"The reality of being here at Boise has just been very good. That's the main reason I'm still here." 

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to