Lots to transcribe and pore over from Chris Petersen's introductory press conference, so we'll start by posting his lengthy opening statement. He addresses, to a degree, why he felt it was time to move on from Boise State, and what he looks for in recruits.
(Opening statement) "I want to start by saying how honored, humbled, excited I am to be here. No question about it. I want to thank President Young, Scott Woodward, Jennifer Cohen for making this process as smooth and as painless as possible. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. Before we go further I’d like to really introduce my wife again. There’s no question, trust me on this, I would not be here standing here today if it was not for her, so my wife Barbara, thank you so much.
"My boys will be here soon. Got one down in California in college taking his finals. The other one is in Boise getting ready for his finals. They’ll be over here soon. I’d like to thank the people of Boise. That place means so much to me. Our president over there, Bob Kustra has transformed that university. Mark Coyle is an unbelievable athletic director. Curt Apsey’s done tremendous things over there. The fans, the Bronco Nation over there and all the players. That place is truly special. I don’t want to go on too much more than that. I probably wouldn’t get through this press conference. But I appreciate those people so much.
"I kind of grew up in the Don James era of football. I was a young player, a high school player and then through college and started my coaching career. And so I admired this place for so long and what it was all about and then my career went on, to come here and play at this place and compete against the Huskies was always such a tremendous challenge. A lot of respect. Always a tough task. I’m so excited to be here on the other side of the field, see what we can do.
"People keep asking me, why now? You’ve been at Boise for so long. And two things that keep coming to mind is timing and fit. And it was just time. I think every place kind of has a shelf life. Sometimes it’s very short, sometimes it’s very long. Sometimes it’s in between. It was just time. We’ve done some really good things there. I think for me to take the next step as a coach, as a teacher, as a person, to grow, I needed to take that next step out of my comfort zone over there. And I think it will be good for Boise as well.
"I think the fit is so important. I’m a Northwest guy. I’ve known this place forever. I’m so excited about the university. I’m excited about the conference. I think it’s as good and a tough of a conference as there is out there. I think there’s more parity in the Pac-12 now certainly than I’ve ever seen, and I’m excited to compete in that conference.
"I’d like to thank all the people … I can’t thank all the people that have helped me get here. I’ve had some tremendous … it started with my college coach, Jim Sochor and Bob Foster and Bob Davis, Paul Hackett, Tim Walsh, Mike Bellotti, Dan Hawkins. The guys who have influenced me as much as anybody is the assistant coaches that I’ve got to work with, that either as an assistant or had been on my staff. Those guys are truly remarkable and have influenced me as much as I’ve influenced them. And certainly the players. I’m standing here before you today because of the wonderful players I’ve had an opportunity to coach and be around. I think we all know that. It’s always about the players.
"Excited about this opportunity, this challenge. We’re going to play smart, fast, physical and unified football. There’s no doubt about it. We’re going to recruit just awesome kids here. You talk about young men and turning them into real men. I think there’s such a misperception out there about what a real man is, and that’s a passion of mine, to really get some guys straight on what a real man looks like and what he does and how he plays and how he conducts himself. We talk about recruiting OKGs – our kind of guys – that are great character kids, awesome football players, interested in a world class degree. All those things that really fit. I think one of the things that we’ve done so well at Boise, is all of these things that I’m talking about, we don’t jus talk about them, we be about them. Our players have bought into these concepts, bought into the culture, and it’s made it special. I can’t wait to start implementing some of those things around here. I had a chance to meet with the team the other day. I was so fired up I wanted to get after it right there with them. We’ve got time for that down the road.
"I think it’s all about the process. I think everything matters. I think no detail is too small. I think we’re always trying to shoot for perfection, and hopefully at the end of the day we kind of settle back into excellence. Everything we do is at a very high level. We represent everybody in this room with tremendous integrity and class, not just our coaches but our players as well. And really, at the end of the day, I cannot wait to win a game in this stadium.