Monday, January 10, 2011
Brent Pease leaves IU, returns to Boise
By Adam Rittenberg
It's finally official. Indiana's new offensive coordinator is heading back to his old team.
Boise State just announced that Brent Pease will return to the school and receive a promotion to offensive coordinator. Pease had previously worked with Boise State's receivers before leaving to become Indiana's offensive coordinator.
But when Texas hired Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to the same position days ago, Pease saw an opportunity to return. He wouldn't have left Boise had he known Harsin would leave his post.
"I’m very honored and fortunate to be able to return to Boise State," Pease said in a statement released by Boise State. "While I was very much looking forward to the opportunity at Indiana, the knowledge and relationships I have with the players, coaches and administration at Boise State made it a very logical choice for me and my family."
Two things jump out to me about how much college football has changed in recent years.
1. Pease left a Big Ten team for the same job with a soon-to-be Mountain West squad
2. It's hard to fault him for doing so
Not a knock against Indiana, but Boise State is one of the nation's premier programs and Pease has familiarity there. Head coach Chris Petersen will return, and Pease gets to oversee a dynamic offense and coach a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Kellen Moore.
This certainly is disappointing for Indiana and new coach Kevin Wilson, who is compiling an outstanding staff of assistants. Wilson recently brought in Kevin Johns from Northwestern to coach receivers and serve as pass game coordinator, but he has some money to spend and will look for an offensive coordinator.
It'll be interesting to see Wilson's next move.
My biggest disappointment is not seeing Pease sport this headgear on the Hoosiers sideline this fall.