By Stephen Tsai
Boise State's Chris Petersen is going to Washington. Here's what the move means:
• Hawaii — No immediate impact. Unless both win their divisions next year, the Broncos and Rainbow Warriors aren't scheduled to meet until 2015.
• Mountain West Conference — The league loses its marquee coach. At the MWC media preview in July, the line was long for television one-on-one interviews. Petersen was on a platform, literally and figuratively, with the scene reminiscent of favors being sought at a Godfather wedding. Let's pretend the MWC is a morphism of the WAC, then Petersen is the league's true home-grown attraction. It would be as if Robinson Cano were to leave the Yankees and go to Seattle. Wait ... that's happening, too.
• Boise State —Welcome back to the real world. Sure, with the' talent and mesmerizing blue turf, the Broncos still will be good. But they won't be the same. The common thread to success was Petersen, which is why the Broncos became even better after Dan Hawkins departed for Colorado. Petersen is built from the Bill Belichick mode, a workaholic innovator. It would be difficult to replicate his system because his system is an offense with a playbook as thick as the White Pages. The Patriots could afford to lose assistant coaches and everyone but Tom Brady. This year, the Broncos had so-so production from their quarterback. They won't be the same without Petersen, similar to if the Patriots were to lose Belichick. Look at Nevada a year after Chris Alt's departure.
• Media — The Broncos had the Garbo-esque media policy that was confounding even to the Idaho Statesman. When a kicker missed a BCS-busting attempt a few years ago, it would be months before he was available for an interview. BSU officials made Petersen unavailable from last week's post-game news conference through, at least, this morning.
• Utah State — The Aggies, with few obstacles in the Mountain Division, become the new Broncos.