Pease: Wilson saw this coming before I did

Before Brent Pease’s old boss contacted him about coming back, his new boss suggested the possibility that the call was coming.

When Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin took the job as offensive coordinator at Texas, new Indiana coach Kevin Wilson talked to Pease about the possibility of going back to his former employer. Pease had been the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach at Boise State before taking the job as offensive coordinator at Indiana.

“He said, ‘I’m sure there’s a possibility that you have the position there,'” Pease said.

It turns out he did. Boise State coach Chris Peterson called this weekend and Pease was officially named the offensive coordinator at Boise State on Monday after taking the job at Indiana on Dec. 30.

Pease was hoping for the position, but said he didn’t realize it was going to become available. Harsin’s name was being thrown about for the Texas job when Pease left, but Harsin told him then he didn’t expect to take it. (more…)

Boise State announces Pease returning

Boise State just put out a release making it official. Brent Pease is going back to the offensive coordinator.

The release also says head coach Chris Peterson is staying and Robert Prince is returning.

It follows.

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State University head football coach Chris Petersen has made two announcements today (Jan. 10) regarding the future of Bronco football.

(One) – Petersen has announced he is staying at Boise State to continue directing the football program, and (Two) — that he has brought his coaching staff back to full strength with the announcement that Brent Pease will return as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator and quarterback coach while Robert Prince will also return to coach the wide receivers and serve as the pass game coordinator.

(MEDIA NOTE – Petersen, Pease and Prince will be available for a press conference today beginning at 4:45 p.m. in the Allen Noble Hall of Fame on the Boise State campus.)

“I can’t express enough how happy we are to have two outstanding coaches back on our staff,” Petersen commented.  “Brent (Pease) has played an important role in our success the past five years and having him take over the direction of the offense is a major plus as we move forward at Boise State.

“Robert (Prince) and I worked closely together 10 years ago in helping lay the foundation of the program and I feel fortunate to have him back on staff.  He is an outstanding coach who I’m sure will be able to inject several new ideas into our offensive game plan.”

Pease had served as Boise State’s wide receiver coach the past five seasons before taking the offensive coordinator/quarterback position at the University of Indiana on Dec. 30, 2010.  The opportunity for Pease to return to Boise State after a two-week absence came when Bryan Harsin accepted the position of co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach at the University of Texas this past Friday (Jan. 7). (more…)

Video: Elston’s trip

Hat tip to Greg Rosenstein for finding this on YouTube, or at least pointing me (and everyone else who follows him on Twitter) in the right direction. This was my first opportunity to see it and it certainly is intentional.

Traditionally, punishment like the one Elston may (will likely) receive will be kept in-house.

Crean on the Big Ten call

We just got back from Evanston about an hour ago. I wanted to get some of Tom Crean’s words from the Big Ten call this morning on the blog, and I decided it might be best if I just post all of it.

I’ll post a disclaimer here. When someone’s speaking off the cuff, he don’t always speak in perfect syntax, etc., so there are places where what he said made a lot more sense when he was saying it than it does in print.

I’m posting it as a Q&A. The questions aren’t quoted exactly, mostly because there were some overly long questions on my part. They’re shortened to get to the point. The interview follows.

Q: Coach, if you’d like to give an opening statement?

A: “I think right now where we’re at, we’re watching the film. We worked late into the night. I love this in the sense of trying to figure out how we can get better, whether it’s the film work, the coaches, being together with the players. Just putting everybody in the same tight little box is when it comes to how are we going to improve. That’s the key for us right now.  The key is not for us to look at the record. The key is not for us to look down the road. The key is for us to stay absolutely in the present and make the corrections that we can make. A lot of that is going to come from practice and a lot of it is going to come from guys doing some soul-searching and saying ‘Hey, we can play better, I can play better. I can move the ball btter, I can defend better. It’s our job to help get them convinced of that.  That’s where we’re at today. I’m looking forward to the day. I’m looking forward to the week. (more…)

Source confirms, Pease leaving for Boise State

A source has confirmed that Indiana offensive coordinator Brent Pease is going back to Boise State to be the offensive coordinator. Pease was the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach at Boise before leaving to take the Indiana job on Dec. 29, but then Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin left to take the same position at Texas.

An official announcement from Boise State is expected later today.

Belcher returning for senior year

Most probably expected this, but Indiana’s other top wide receiver is coming back. Damarlo Belcher will return for his senior year.

From IU Sports Information:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher announced Monday that he will not declare for early entry to the 2011 National Football League Draft and will return to the Hoosiers football program for his senior season.

“I believe it is my best interest to return to Indiana University for my senior season,” Belcher said. “One of my goals is to earn my degree and this gives me the opportunity to accomplish that. I am also excited about what we can achieve as a team. I look forward to playing for Coach Wilson and getting back to work with the rest of my teammates.”

Belcher led the Hoosiers with 78 receptions and 832 yards in 2010. His 78 catches rank second on IU’s single-season list, one behind James Hardy’s top mark of 79 set back in 2007, and his 832 yards put him ninth on the single-season chart. Belcher led the Big Ten in receptions and topped the league in catches per game (6.50). He also ranked fourth in the league with 69.3 receiving yards per game and added four touchdowns.

The Fort Wayne, Ind., native became the 15th Hoosier to ever reach 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards last season. He currently sits third on Indiana’s career list with 164 catches and sixth with 1,939 yards. Hardy is IU’s all-time leader in both categories with 191 receptions and 2,740 yards.

“We are very pleased Damarlo is returning for this upcoming season,” Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson said. “He obviously is a tremendous talent and we are excited to continue his development into one of the top receivers in the nation. Not only is he going to improve on the field, but he is going to work very hard toward earning his degree, which is an important goal for all of our student-athletes.”

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