While Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and alum Mike Munchak remain among the top names, the Penn St. Nittany Lions brass aren't giving up on Boise St. Broncos coach Chris Petersen as the replacement for Joe Paterno.
David Jones at the Patriot-News has multiple sources who have told him that a Penn State committee member has made two trips to Idaho within the last eight days. It's presumed that they went there to woo Petersen, though it's unknown what the result of those trips was.
Boise is 73-6 in Peterson's five years at the helm of the program, including two Fiesta Bowl appearances. Boise defeated Arizona State 56-24 Thursday night in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl and finished the season 12-1. It's the fifth time in six years Boise has finished with one lose or less.
Petersen is the first and only two-time winner of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award, which he won in 2006 and 2009. He also won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award in 2010.
Recent violations at Boise might work against Petersen. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the school will look to their next coach to run a tight ship and keep his and his players' noses clean.
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