Boise State football: QB commit flips to Washington, Harsin contract, Riddle returning

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comDecember 16, 2013 

Chris Petersen was introduced as Washington's new head football coach Monday in Seattle. Petersen, 49, will make $18 million over five years - $3.2 million in 2014, then a $200,000 increase each season through 2018. Had he stayed at Boise State, where he was head coach for eight seasons and anassistant for five, he would've made $2.348 million next season.

TED S. WARREN — The Associated Press

— Boise State quarterback commitment Jalen Greene will follow coach Chris Petersen to Washington. Greene visited Washington over the weekend and committed to the Huskies on Monday.

Greene posted the decision on Twitter account.

"Tried to keep it silent but God works in mysterious ways and now i will be a Husky this spring," Greene tweeted.

He has been re-tweeting congratulations from Washington fans.

Petersen told the Idaho Statesman last week that he would continue to recruit players who had committed to Boise State.

"Most of these kids are so connected to me and some of the coaches who will come, that it’s hard. Yeah, they like the universities, but they get connected to the coaches," Petersen said. "So a lot of times they want to follow you or they at least want to look at it. We’ll try to operate with as much integrity (as possible) in this whole thing. Kids who want to stay there at Boise, that’s great, that’s a great place. And everybody knows we view it like that. The other kids who are contacting us, it’s hard to say, no, we’re not going to talk to you, when we’ve been talking to these guys for over a year. It will be a tough recruiting year.

• Boise State freshman running back Aaron Baltazar has left the program.

• Former Boise State assistant coach Kent Riddle will return as a member of new coach Bryan Harsin's staff, the Idaho Statesman has learned. Riddle is Arkansas State's assistant head coach, tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. Riddle coached at Boise State with Harsin from 2001 to 2005. He left for Colorado when former coach Dan Hawkins became head coach. Riddle also coached at Army (1995-2000) and Oregon State (1993-94).

Riddle coached Boise State fullbacks from 1995 to 1998 before moving to special teams and recruiting coordinator in 1999 and 2000.

Scott Huff currently coaches Boise State's tight ends and special teams. He could join Chris Petersen's staff at Washington.

• The Idaho State Board of Education will consider new football coach Bryan Harsin's five-year term sheet at its meeting this week in Nampa. Boise State could use $500,000 of Mountain West national television money to help pay Harsin's buyout, according to the board's agenda.

Harsin's base compensation breakdown: Year 1: $1,000,000 Year 2: $1,000,000 Year 3: $1,300,000 Year 4: $1,550,000 Year 5: $1,650,000

Additional Pay for Performance: TBD

Buy-Out Provision: If Mr. Harsin terminates early without cause, he will be required to pay liquidated damages as follows: Year 1: $2,000,000 Year 2: $2,000,000 Year 3: $1,750,000 Year 4: $500,000

No state funds are used and these amounts are paid only from program revenues, media, donations and other non-state funds.

On the revenue side, buy-out of Chris Petersen’s contract at BSU is $750,000. BSU also received $500,000 in unbudgeted media revenue from its University of New Mexico game. On the expense side, buy-out for Mr. Harsin’s contract at Arkansas State University is $1,750,000.

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