Reports had circulated last Saturday that UCLA would target Boise State head coach Chris Petersen to take over their football program. Well, those rumors were correct and the two sides were reportedly in serious talks as recently as Thursday night.
According to reports, Petersen was offered a five-year contract worth more than $3 million annually and would have been provided with an additional $2.5 million for his staff. The discussions were apparently very serious but UCLA was informed late Thursday night that Petersen was no longer a candidate for the job.
How serious a push was UCLA making for Boise State’s coach? Well consider that the recently-fired Neuheisel’s five-year contract paid him just $1.25 million a year.
I’ve talked to two sources who both say that UCLA was hyper-focused on luring Petersen to Westwood and the Bruins expected to get him. This has to be a huge blow, since their other top candidate – Houston’s Kevin Sumlin – has probably already been contacted by...