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Dirk Koetter, Jeff Tedford reportedly finalists for Boise State job

Dirk KoetterDirk Koetter and Jeff Tedford are finalists for the Boise State head coaching job, according to a report.

Football Scoop says Koetter is working out details for the job, and that the school’s decision should be finalized Tuesday night.

The vacancy was created when longtime Broncos coach Chris Petersen left to take the Washington job.

Koetter, who is currently the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, was the Boise State head coach from 1998-2000. He took over the program shortly after it moved up to Division I and joined the Big West Conference. Under Koetter, Boise State went 26-10, won the Big West twice and won two bowl games. After experiencing success at Boise State, Koetter took the Arizona State job. He went 40-34 in six seasons at ASU and was eventually fired. Koetter went to the NFL and became the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars before leaving for the Falcons. This is his second season as the OC of the Falcons.

Tedford was fired last year after 11 seasons as the head coach of the Cal Golden Bears football program. He turned around a 1-10 football team and went 7-5 in his first year at Cal. Overall, he went 82-57 as head coach of the Bears, but he was fired after having two losing seasons in a three-year span, including a 3-9 campaign in 2012. His poor 2012 season probably looks more forgivable now that his replacement, Sonny Dykes, went 1-11 this season.

Either coach would probably have success at the program, but Koetter seems like the most natural fit because of the success he experienced there before. One things fans need to consider is now that the team is in the Mountain West, those double-digit win totals won’t be as easy to achieve as they were before.

Dan Hawkins, Dirk Koetter Prove Chris Petersen Is Wise to Remain at Boise State

Dan Hawkins was fired Monday night as head coach at Colorado, two days after his team gave up 35 points in the 4th quarter blowing a 45-17 lead against Kansas. Many people feel the move was well overdue and that the Buffs delayed the firing because they couldn’t afford to buy out Hawkins’ contract earlier. The firing of Hawkins completes the cycle of failure for coaches following their departure from Boise State.

Hawkins was promoted to head coach at Boise State after serving as an assistant to Dirk Koetter who left for Arizona State. After going 8-4 in his first season, Hawkins had three straight one-loss years, going 12-1, 13-1, and 11-1 including a 2-1 record in bowl games. They went 9-4 in his final season in 2005 before he left for Colorado. In five seasons at Boise State, Hawkins was 53-11 with four conference titles, a 31-game conference winning streak, and three WAC Coach of the Year awards. Wanting a new challenge of bigger and better things, Hawkins moved on to Colorado taking over for Gary Barnett.

Hawkins’ tenure at Colorado was forgettable. The team went 19-39 in his four-plus years including a putrid 10-27 Big 12 record. The closest he came to a winning record was going 6-7 in his second season with the 7th loss coming in the bowl game. Prior to Hawkins leaving Boise State, it was Dirk Koetter who made the fatal move.

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