Petersen, Washington snag Boise State quarterback commitment

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Boise State quarterback commitment Jalen Greene will follow former coach Chris Petersen to Washington. Greene visited Washington over the weekend and committed to the Huskies on Monday.

Greene posted the decision on Twitter account.

“Tried to keep it silent but God works in mysterious ways and now i will be a Husky this spring,” Greene tweeted.

He has been re-tweeting congratulations from Washington fans.

Greene, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior at Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., threw for more than 2,500 yards in 14 games this season. He threw 33 touchdowns and six interceptions. Greene plans to enroll at Washington in January. He had planned to enroll at Boise State in January.

Petersen told the Idaho Statesman last week that he would continue to recruit players who had committed to Boise State.

“Most of these kids are so connected to me and some of the coaches who will come, that it’s hard. Yeah, they like the universities, but they get connected to the coaches,” Petersen said. “So a lot of times they want to follow you or they at least want to look at it. We’ll try to operate with as much integrity (as possible) in this whole thing. Kids who want to stay there at Boise, that’s great, that’s a great place. And everybody knows we view it like that. The other kids who are contacting us, it’s hard to say, no, we’re not going to talk to you, when we’ve been talking to these guys for over a year. It will be a tough recruiting year.

Baltazar leaves program

• Boise State freshman running back Aaron Baltazar has left the program.

Riddle returning

• Former Boise State assistant coach Kent Riddle will return as a member of new coach Bryan Harsin’s staff, the Idaho Statesman has learned. Riddle is Arkansas State’s assistant head coach, tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. Riddle coached at Boise State with Harsin from 2001 to 2005. He left for Colorado when former coach Dan Hawkins became head coach. Riddle also coached at Army (1995-2000) and Oregon State (1993-94).

Riddle coached Army fullbacks from 1995 to 1998 before moving to special teams and recruiting coordinator in 1999 and 2000. He coached running backs and special teams at Boise State.

Scott Huff currently coaches Boise State’s tight ends and special teams. He could join Chris Petersen’s staff at Washington.

Harsin’s new contract

• The Idaho State Board of Education will consider new football caoch Bryan Harsin’s five-year term sheet at its meeting this week in Nampa. Boise State could use $500,000 of Mountain West national television money to help pay Harsin’s buyout, according to the board’s agenda.

Per the board’s agenda:

Base Compensation:
Year 1: $1,000,000
Year 2: $1,000,000
Year 3: $1,300,000
Year 4: $1,550,000
Year 5: $1,650,000

Additional Pay for Performance: TBD

Buy-Out Provision:
If Mr. Harsin terminates early without cause, he will be
required to pay liquidated damages as follows:
Year 1: $2,000,000
Year 2: $2,000,000
Year 3: $1,750,000
Year 4: $500,000

No state funds are used and these amounts are paid only from program revenues, media, donations
and other non-state funds.

On the revenue side, buy-out of Chris Petersen’s contract at BSU is $750,000. BSU also received $500,000 in unbudgeted media revenue from its University of New Mexico game. On the expense side, buy-out for Mr. Harsin’s contract at Arkansas State University is $1,750,000.

• The state board will also consider a two-year contract extension for Boise State swimming and diving coach Kristin Hill.

Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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