Boise State coach poised for salary increase



BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State’s Chris Petersen is poised to join the ranks of college coaches making more than $2 million per year.

The State Board of Education is expected to vote Wednesday on a $375,000 raise in Petersen’s 2012 salary. The board will also consider a new five-year deal next month in hopes of keeping Petersen from looking for other lucrative and challenging opportunities elsewhere.

The pay raise and new contract come as Petersen’s name resurfaced this week in Penn State’s search for a new head coach.

In six seasons at Boise State, Petersen has led the Broncos to a 73-6 record, two BCS bowl victories and membership in the Big East Conference starting in 2013.

His current contract calls for a 2012 salary of $1.625 million.