As Boise State football fans await to hear which middle- to low-tier postseason bowl game they might attend following the Bronco's 8-4 season, more than a few diehards are breathing a sigh of relief over the latest from ESPN.com that reported Dec. 1 that Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen was a "top target" to become the new head football coach for the University of Southern California.
But a source early today told ESPN.com that "Petersen was a top candidate but has withdrawn from consideration," adding that "USC and Petersen had mutual interest."
The rumor mill was fueled in October when CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman wrote that Petersen was "looking for a change."
Petersen joined Boise State as the offensive coordinator in 2001 and was promoted to head coach for the 2006 season. He has guided the Broncos to two BCS bowl wins, and is a two-time winner of the Paul
"Bear" Bryant Award.