By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Links to today’s Chris Petersen coverage:
Main news story on Petersen’s departure
Murphy: Big test for Mark Coyle
Bob Gregory gets interim tag
Timeline: Review Petersen’s Boise State career
Numbers: Breaking down Petersen’s tenure
Three candidates emerge
How previous Boise State coaches fared in their next jobs
The following is a letter from former Boise State safety Jason Robinson (2006-10).
December 6, 2013
First and foremost, congratulations on beginning a new chapter in your coaching career. I am certain this was a tough decision for you to make, but knowing what kind of person you are ensures me that you have made the right decision. My brother delivered the news to me at 5:30 yesterday morning. Of course he wanted to know what many others would want to know, “How do you feel?” The answer to that question is rather simple, I am thankful.
I often tell people that the game of football has given me everything I possess. Tangible items, unforgettable experiences, great friends, and countless opportunities; the game of football has provided it all. However, my most prized possession stems from your teachings as a coach and as a man. It was you who translated the meaning of deliberate practice. It was you who introduced me to the mantras “Be Here Now” and “I Get To”. It was you who forcibly made me understand the TRUE meanings of responsibility and accountability. It was also you who, in a rather interesting way, explained the definition of ‘due diligence’. Those are just a few of the principles that you repeatedly lectured to us over those 5 years. These are the principles applied everyday as I continue to pursue greatness. The knowledge you instilled in us has and will continue to pay dividends, for that I am extremely grateful.
In an era where lucrative contracts and public opinion control the landscape of college football, there is something to be said about a coach who places more emphasis on harvesting great people than winning games. You did both, and exceptionally well. Having friends that have played at other programs, I am aware of how fortunate I am for having the experience that you awarded us. We made the plays in between the lines on Saturdays; our great coordinators made the calls, but you drove the bus. On behalf of my former teammates and the entire Bronco Nation, I would like to say thank you for driving the bus with such integrity, intelligence, and swag. You are a Washington Husky now, but you will forever be a Boise State Bronco.
- J Rob