Chris Petersen out of the running for Cal opening

Chris Petersen out of the running for Cal opening
December 1, 2012, 8:27 pm
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By Jen Beyrle, Special Contributor to CSNNW.com (@JenBeyrle)
A source close to Chris Petersen has revealed that he will not be the next head football coach of the California Golden Bears. Petersen has been reported to be at the top of Cals wish list and after firing Jeff Tedford, the University of California reached out to Petersen. Petersen has been the head football coach at Boise State since 2006 and is in his coaching prime at age 48.It seems that Petersens name is linked to every vacant head coaching job in the country. Over the past few years UCLA, Stanford, Washington and USC have all shown serious interest in Petersen. His name has also surfaced with current coaching openings at Arkansas, Auburn and Colorado.Cal fans were hopeful Petersen would consider replacing Tedford. Petersen has northern California ties, as he was born and raised in Yuba City. He began his coaching career as the head freshman coach at UC Davis in 1987. In 1993, Petersen became the quarterbacks coach for the Portland State Vikings and two years later, Petersen became the receivers coach at Oregon and spent six years with Mike Bellotti.In 2001, he became the offensive coordinator at Boise State and was then promoted to head coach for the 2006 season. Since becoming head coach in 2006, Petersen has posted an impressive 82-8 record and .911 winning percentage (the best at the FBS level). Petersen signed a contract extension earlier this year that pays him more than 2 million per year. He is under contract with the Broncos through January 2017.Who knows what Petersens reaction would be to a head coaching opening at Oregon but it seems that he and his family are pretty happy at Boise State for the time being.