Dirk Koetter confirms: ‘I did talk to Boise State’

Boise State’s head football coach from 1998 to 2000 is a candidate to return to the blue.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comDecember 11, 2013 

— Dirk Koetter installed the offense that has been the basis for the Boise State football team’s high-scoring ways for the past 16 years.

Could he be the right guy to continue that run?

Koetter confirmed Tuesday that he’s among the candidates to replace Chris Petersen at Boise State. Koetter interviewed Monday and Tuesday and met with the media Tuesday in Georgia as part of his role as Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator.

“I did talk to Boise State, and that’s really all I’m going to say about that right now,” he told reporters.

Koetter led the Broncos to a 26-10 record from 1998 to 2000, including two Big West championships and the first two bowl wins in school history.

He spent the next six years at Arizona State (40-34) before moving to the NFL. He was the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007 to 2011 and has been with the Falcons for two years.

He has pursued college and NFL head coaching jobs in recent years, including the Hawaii job two years ago. He interviewed for the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos in 2011.

“I was fortunate to be a head coach in college for nine years,” Koetter said last year. “If I have the opportunity to be a head coach again in the right situation, so be it. If not, it’s certainly not the end of the world. Being an OC at any level is great — being an OC in the NFL with the players we have in Atlanta is really great. I don’t really think about those kinds of things that much.”

Koetter and Petersen are longtime friends who socialize in the summers in McCall.

Koetter, a coach’s son from Pocatello, hasn’t been shy about his affection for the state.

“I’m always going to be a part of Boise,” he said in December 2006. “I love Boise, Idaho.”

Other known candidates include Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin, Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and current staff members Bob Gregory and Chris Strausser.

Boise State’s timetable is unclear.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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