For the Blue Turf Nation, this has been an exciting time, and a stressful time. Like many others out there. This is the first time we have had to cover a coaching search. We have heard lots of things from lots of people regarding what is going. So we figured at this time we would give you what we know, and the far from concrete what we have heard.
First, what we know: It has been reported this morning today that Bryan Harsin, and Dirk Koetter are indeed interviewing for the job today. Bruce Feldman reported on Harsin via Twitter this morning the news on Harsin, and Chad Cripe later tweeted on both. This ultimately confirms the rumors that Paul Gerke had reported earlier this week that Dirk would indeed be interviewing today.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 9, 2013
We also know that former Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins has been actively approaching Boise State about helping in any way he can. He has stated that he would be interested in either helping choose a coach, or being a coach, be that assistant or HC. B.J. Rains tweeted and reported on this on Saturday.
Plenty of coverage on Petersen’s departure…Former coach Dan Hawkins wants to help: http://t.co/mGt03hSX3H
— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) December 7, 2013
Now, what we have been told: The Blue Turf Nation has been told from multiple sources that Justin Wilcox has already interviewed for the position. Which is surprising since no media has been able to get a hold of a confirmation on this. We have also been told a couple of outside names have shown interest or been reached out to for the job. First was yesterday, Sports Illustrated reported that Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson had been contacted by Boise State. We at the Blue Turf Nation had heard nothing about him being on the short-list.
And local media in both Bowling Green and Boise seemed to have ignored this story. Lastly, we have been told that Stanford’s defensive coordinator, and Baylor’s offensive coordinator have either shown interest in the position, or have been reached out to. However, with the Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery, I would have to think that his interest has dropped considerably since the news broke that Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins are looking to Art Briles, the Baylor head coach, as a possible replacement for Mike Shannahan, meaning Montgomery now could be the next in line at Baylor. Then we have Stanford’s defensive coordinator Derek Mason. Last night one of our writers was told that Mason had shown interest in Boise State, however that is as much as we have been told. If true, considering Stanford’s recent success, one would think he would have been at least contacted by Boise State.
So there it is – that is what we know, and what we have been told. Good news, hopefully this will all be coming to and end soon. No matter who the hire, it looks like Boise State has some great candidates on the list.
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