BOISE — Veteran assistant Bob Gregory will lead the Boise State football program as interim head coach through its bowl game, the school announced Friday.
Gregory replaces Chris Petersen, who was named Washingtons new head coach Friday. Petersens contract stipulated he would coach the Broncos through a bowl game if he took another job, but he and the school mutually agreed he would step aside, according to school officials.
The Broncos will find out their bowl destination and opponent by Sunday at the latest. The leading contenders are the Hawaii Bowl, which tried unsuccessfully to land Notre Dame (accepted Pinstripe Bowl invite) but perhaps could take one of the extra Pac-12 teams instead, or the New Mexico Bowl, likely against Washington State of the Pac-12.
Gregory is in his fourth season as a Boise State position coach he coaches linebackers and his second as assistant head coach. He also was the defensive coordinator in 2001, and held that position at Cal from 2002 to 2009.
Gregory was not made available to the media, but released a statement through the school.
Im honored to represent Boise State University and Bronco football in our bowl game, he said. We have a great process in place, and we will continue to follow that process. We look forward to our bowl preparations knowing that our players will be excited and will play with great energy.
The last two times the Broncos were in this position in 2000 and 2005 the outgoing coach led the team in the bowl while the incoming coach was on staff.
The Broncos beat UTEP in the 2000 Humanitarian Bowl under Dirk Koetter and Dan Hawkins, and lost to Boston College in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl under Hawkins and Petersen after an uninspired first half.
Former quarterback Jared Zabransky, who was a junior in 2005, said the coaching transition didnt cause problems with game preparation, but did leave some hard feelings among players.
We felt a little betrayed, he said.
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