Boise State and TCU become coaching destinations

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

SCOTTSDALE -- Boise State and TCU used to be stepping stones for coaches.

They came, they won and they left for bigger, richer programs.

Those days may be over. As they prepare to meet in the Fiesta Bowl, Boise State and TCU have become destinations.

That much was clear on Friday, when the Broncos announced they had reached an agreement on a five-year contract with Chris Petersen -- a deal that came a few weeks after TCU's Gary Patterson agreed to a contract that will keep him in Fort Worth through 2016.

Boise State announced the agreement at Fiesta Bowl media day on Friday. Financial terms were not revealed and athletic director Gene Bleymaier said details were being completed. The deal must be approved by the state board of education.

Petersen is 48-4 in four seasons at Boise State and has led the sixth-ranked Broncos (13-0) to the Fiesta Bowl twice. They meet No. 3 Texas Christian on Monday night in Glendale.

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