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Petersen Says He Will Stay at Boise State

According to a school-issued release, Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, the biggest name linked to the Stanford head coaching vacancy created by the departure of Jim Harbaugh, has announced he "is staying at Boise State and will continue directing the football program." (Thanks to CardiGirl for the FanShot.)

Petersen also announced the hiring of Brent Pease, the Broncos' former wide receivers coach, who took a job as the offensive coordinator at Indiana less than two weeks ago. The position opened after Bryan Harsin left Boise State to take the offensive coordinator position at Texas.

So what does this mean for Stanford's coaching search? For now, it means the attention returns to the three in-house candidates: Vic Fangio, Greg Roman, and David Shaw. Ivan Maisel tweeted that if  Roman is hired as head coach, Shaw would likely stay, but the reverse is not true. Tim Kawakami thinks that the only way Fangio doesn't join Harbaugh in San Francisco is if the Cardinal promote him from defensive coordinator to head coach.

Stay tuned.