I was part of the Coach Hawkins regime for 2 years and experienced a coach leaving a team for a “better” opportunity. The hardest part was that you were sold as a player that this coach is sold out to the program, and we need to be sold out to BSU as well. And then they announce you’re leaving and it’s a shock to you.
But should Coach Pete leave? Obviously none of us want him to leave, but should he?
Well I think most moves he could make would be sideways moves.
Money: We know that he could get more money at a different school. However, making over 1 million dollars per year in Idaho, and getting most things for free in the city of Boise anyway because of his celebrity status, I don’t think it’s worth it. When you take into account living expenses in a “bigger market” he would have to make twice as much at least to make a move based on money. He would also have to consider the state tax laws depending on where he would want to go.
Competition: There are two types of competition to consider.
1. The city: In Boise ID, Coach Pete is head coach for the best and most popular sports program in the entire state. If he goes to a “bigger market” school, for instance, UCLA. He would now be competing against USC, Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Galaxy, Ducks, Kings, and the Clippers. He would just be another fish in the sea instead of the king of the sea in Boise.
2. The football schedule: This is one reason that in my opinion is valid for him to make a move. Going to a AQ school, in a big conference, like the SEC for instance, offers him the chance to compete against the traditional “best.” There is something to say for being the best in the Mountain West and the WAC, but lets be honest, Coach Pete is obviously competitive as every athlete is, and being the best in the SEC or PAC or Big 10/12 offers much more personal satisfaction as a coach. When you prepare weekly for Auburn, LSU, Georgie, Alabama, Florida, USC, Oregion, Stanford…etc vs. preparing for New Mexico and UNLV, there is a great personal satisfaction that every athlete is fueled from and that is competeting against the traditional best in the nation. Imagine the satisfaction of being the best of the best.
Prestige: There is something to say for being the head coach at a storied and older more traditional program. But there he would just be another great coach for an already traditionally successful program. However, staying at Boise State for another decade or more would allow him to be renown with being THE COACH who took BSU to a BCS conference, and eventually a national championship game. He could make a better legacy by sticking with Boise State and continuing to build that program.
Recruiting: A coach wants the best players. He has a great experience of recruiting diamonds in the rough like Kellen Moore and myself who often get overlooked by bigger schools. But going to a bigger school would allow him to go after the best of the best. With different athletes he could run what some would say a higher level program. Now, I think with Coach Pete’s experience of finding diamonds in the rough and underrated players, he could take that too a bigger school and also start to recruit the big name high school players more and more. I do think if he stuck with Boise State a few more years and led us to a BCS conference he would be able to do that shortly at Boise State as well.
NFL: One thing we don’t hear much about is Coach Pete going to the NFL. It is almost every athletes dream to compete at the highest level possible, which is the NFL. If that is Coach Pete’s desire, a bigger school is a necessary step I believe he needs to take.
My conclusion is he shouldn’t leave. It would be a sideways move. Taking all things into consideration, if he wants to win championships, there are only a few schools out there, and fewer who have coach openings every few years, that he could go to. Some of them are USC, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Oklahoma, and maybe Miami eventually one day again. Other than that, with Boise State, he gets to win his conference almost every year, and be THE COACH to take a program from barely known and a commodity, to a national powerhouse with outstanding records and facilities.
I say stay!!!