I have heard many commentators and sports analysts criticize Coach Pete for staying at BSU. The college football "Good Ol' Boys" have never liked Boise State stealing some of their thunder and have waited impatiently for BSU to disappear back into oblivion. They can't understand why Pete would stay and how BSU succeeds year after year; it seems to have really frustrated those who hate the upstart Broncos. Many had hoped that BSU's 2006 Fiesta Bowl win was only a "flash in the pan" but BSU has continued to thrive despite all odds! How can a coach say no to huge bags of money and a coaching gig in a major conference? Some have even called Coach Pete a coward for refusing to leave BSU; this further demonstrates the BCS programs need to keep outsiders away. The sooner Pete leaves the sooner BSU can go back to being a nobody.
What many "experts" fail to grasp is that it is better to create than to imitate. Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, and Bear Bryant all have one thing in common… they built great programs. Legendary coaches often create programs, from very little, to achieve legendary success. Penn State was a fb nobody before Joe Pa and Florida State was a back water state college football program before Bowden took the reins. There are coaches like Urban Meyer who view colleges like BSU (or University of Utah) as a stepping stone to greater coaching success, Urban went to Florida to win a National Championship. He could have stayed in Utah and built up that program, but he wanted to imitate Steve Spurrier and bring Florida back to prominance. Urban of course, left after a few years, his reputation has been under attack at University of Florida for claiming to leave for personal reasons and then taking another job a year later. Urban will not be remembered as a legend in Florida football. Is Nick Saban remembered as a legend at LSU? Maybe Coach Pete buys into an old Harvard saying, "inventing a job is better than finding a job". Either way, we are lucky to have him!
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