Boise State's football team has achieved great things over the last seven years. The Broncos own the best record in the nation since 1999. Boise State has finished in the Top 15 four of the last five years. Yet despite this success, no Boise State player or coach has ever won a national award. Until now...
Chris Petersen has won the prestigious Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the
Year Award, as voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters
Association of America. The award was
presented to Petersen tonight in Houston.
It is the first time that any Bronco coach or player has won
a major national award. Petersen stepped
in and guided Boise State
to a perfect 13-0 record this season, as the Broncos finished the year as the
nation's only unbeaten team. Boise
State defeated Oklahoma New Year's
Day 43-42 in overtime in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Petersen is the only coach in modern football
history to lead his team to a 13-0 record in his first season.
Past winners of the award have been Joe Paterno of Penn
State, Bo Schembechler of Michigan,
Woody Hayes and Mac Brown of Texas.