Boise State football coaching search: Tedford interviews, Koetter quiet after second meeting

December 10, 2013 

— Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter isn't saying much about his recent interviews with Boise State to replace football coach Chris Petersen, who left for Washington on Friday.

Koetter confirmed on Tuesday that he met with Boise State officials, but declined to elaborate. Koetter interviewed on Monday with Athletic Director Mark Coyle and interviewed on Tuesday with President Bob Kustra. Koetter was in Atlanta, while Coyle and Kustra were in Boise.

"I did talk to Boise State. And that's really all I'm going to say about that right now," Koetter said, according to

In two seasons with Atlanta, Koetter has had mixed results.

Last season's team, led by Pro Bowl performances from quarterback Matt Ryan, receiver Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez, went 13-3 and finished 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl.

This season, the Falcons are 3-10 and has been undermined by a porous offensive line, an ineffective running game and Jones' season-ending injury.

Koetter went 26-10 as Boise State's coach from 1998-2000. He was 40-34 at Arizona State from 2001-06.

Former Cal coach Jeff Tedford has also interviewed for the job, the Idaho Statesman has learned.

Former Boise State player and coach Bryan Harsin interviewed for the job Monday in Boise. Harsin was a Boise State assistant from 2001 to 2010, including five years as the offensive coordinator (2006-10).

Former Boise State defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is also a candidate.

Internal candidates include Boise State linebackers coach Bob Gregory and offensive line coach Chris Strausser.

Petersen told Statesman that he was not asked for a recommendation for the Broncos' next coach.

"I know through the grapevine, if they're talking to the people that I think they are, they're going to get a great coach," he said Tuesday.

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