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Coach Chris Petersen talked about several topics after Saturday morning’s practice including his vote during a informal ESPN poll that caused friction at his former team Boise State.
Petersen was among 30 of 65 coaches who voted yes when asked if teams from the “Power 5” conferences should only play other teams from “Power 5” conferences.
Seven Pac-12 coaches voted affirmatively. Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez was the only coach in the conference to cast a dissenting vote while four — including WSU’s Mike Leach — were undecided.
Petersen took issue with the ESPN poll and an Idaho Statesman story Saturday.
“I think I was misrepresented in that article over there in Boise,” Petersen said. “I wouldn’t do anything to try to keep Boise … first of all, I don’t even know when I answered that question. I had a lot of questions coming at me. I didn’t really know exactly what it meant in terms of I think we’re trying to get some parity in terms of scheduling – in terms of league games that we play so that we’re all on the same footing there.
“I think of Boise State – I don’t know if they’re in a quote power conference, but they’re a power team. So I’m always a Boise State fan and I wouldn’t do anything to keep those guys so-called out of the mix.”
When asked if he’d want to play a team from the Mountain West, Petersen said: “I’ve been in that conference forever and I know the players and coaches that are in there. There’s no question that we’d want to play those guys and I know they want to play us. They’re good players and that’s great competition.”
On the NCAA giving the “Power 5” conference more autonomy, Petersen said: “I think if we can do more for our student-athlete that is good. That’s going to allow us to give them more food, maybe some more money. I think that’s really good for those guys.”