Alvarez indicated Thursday afternoon he would reach out to Petersen to gauge his interest, although Alvarez said, ‘Chris seems pretty set at Boise.'
Petersen, 48, avoided questions about Wisconsin and other head coaching vacancies during a press conference for the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl. The 20th-ranked Broncos (10-2) will meet Washington (7-5) Dec. 22 game at UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium.
The Broncos have put together a nation's best seven-consecutive 10-win seasons. The Broncos have gone undefeated twice under Petersen – 13-0 in 2006 and 14-0 in 2009 – capping each season with a victory in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Peterson is 83-8 in seven seasons at Boise State. He's won three WAC championships and won a share of his first Mountain West championship this season. His teams finished second in their league the other two seasons.
Following the 2010 season, Petersen was unanimously selected as the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, awarded annually to a coach who represents the highest ideals both on and off the field. He was also recognized in the offseason as having the best Academic Progress Rate (APR) average the past two reporting years for FBS head coaches.