BOISE, Idaho Liberty Mutual Insurance and Archie Manning, chair of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, today (Dec. 9) named Boise State University Head Football Coach Chris Petersen a finalist for the 2008 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.

            Petersen is among 10 finalists from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision who best exemplifies excellence in coaching on and off the field as determined by a combination of hundreds of thousands of fan votes at and an objective scoring model endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame.

            If Petersen wins, he will be recognized in the permanent College Football Hall of Fame display in South Bend, Indiana, and will receive $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to support his favorite civic and charitable activities and a $20,000 scholarship donation for Boise State’s alumni association. 

            In his third year directing the Bronco football program, Petersen has an overall record of 35-3 (92.1%) and recently guided Boise State to its second Western Athletic Conference championship in the past three years. 

            This is the second coach of the year award Petersen has been selected a finalist.  In November it was announced he was on the watch list for the Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year award.

            Between Dec. 12 (Friday) and Dec. 22 (Monday) college football fans are once again invited to cast their vote to determine the winner at  To ensure candidates are evaluated fairly and measured against specific values of responsibility and integrity, a selection committee composed of College Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, and national media, will also cast votes for the winners. 

            The 2008 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award winners will be announced on ESPN during halftime of the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 (Wednesday).

            Petersen and the Bronco team are currently preparing for Boise State’s seventh postseason bowl game.  On Dec. 23 (Tuesday), Boise State will face TCU in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.  Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT).

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