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Boise State Hires Mark Coyle As New AD, Could Affect UCLA Pursuit Of Chris Petersen

The UCLA Bruins have been interested in Chris Petersen of the Boise State Broncos for their soon-to-be vacant football head coaching position. However, there was a wrinkle in those plans on Thursday as Boise State announced the hiring of new athletic director Mark Coyle, who made his priorities clear.

"My number one goal is to keep Chris Petersen at Boise State University," Coyle said during his introductory press conference.

Coyle, 43, had been with the University of Kentucky since 2005 and is reportedly a friend of Petersen. This turn of events hasn't made the folks at Bruins Nation happy, as they feel UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero has "put all his eggs in one basket":

Regardless of whether UCLA hires Chris Petersen or not, it is clear that Dan Guerrero is not capable of leading a multimillion dollar athletic department. He is failing at basic negotiation, setting UCLA for a failed offseason. We are bringing a knife to a gunfight, and unfortunately Guerrero doesn't even have sharp edges.

Petersen still hasn't denied any rumors of feeling to Los Angeles, so it can't be ruled out just yet. It appears he still has a decision to make, and the Bruins are willing to wait to see if he says yes.

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