So the best coach in America is in … Boise?


The fact this woman is in the picture with Chris Peterson is mere coincidence.

The fact I'm using a picture of Erin Andrews interviewing Chris Peterson is mere coincidence. I just couldn't find one with Roseanne Barr. Honest.

After the first player taken in the NFL draft was from Georgia, and the 12th player taken in the NFL draft was from Georgia, and five players who were taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft were from Georgia, something occurred to me. Again.

Relatively speaking, Georgia really kinda stunk last season.

Now, I know there’s not always a correlation between NFL prospects and the success of a college team. But it seems to me there’s strength in numbers. And in this case, the numbers say Boise State coach Chris Peterson — he’s the guy in the picture, if you can take your eyes off Erin — might have done a better coaching job than anybody last season.

We explain, in this week’s Tuesday Countdown:

10. Final score: USC 11, Boise State 0.

Below you will find a chart, showing the final Associated Press football rankings last season, along with the total number of players they had drafted last weekend and the total taken in the first two rounds — which I’ll define as premium prospects, except in Oakland, where it just means they run fast but can’t play football, which is why each will get $73 million from Al Davis.

Where was I? Oh right. The chart. Here it is:

Rk. Team (1st)         Rec.     Draft (Rd. 1-2)
1. Florida (48)        13-1     3 (1)
2. Utah (16)           13-0     4 (2)
 3. USC (1)            12-1     11 (5)
 4. Texas              12-1     4 (1)
 5. Oklahoma           12-2     5 (1)
 6. Alabama            12-2     4 (1)
 7. Texas Christian    11-2     5 (0)
 8. Penn State         11-2     5 (1)
 9. Ohio State         10-3     7 (4)
10. Oregon             10-3     6 (3)
11. Boise State        12-1     0 (0)
12. Texas Tech         11-2     4 (2)
13. Georgia            10-3     6 (3)
14. Mississippi        9-4      4 (2)
15. Virginia Tech      10-4     1 (0)
16. Oklahoma State     9-4      1 (1)
17. Cincinnati         11-3     6 (1)
18. Oregon State       9-4      7 (1)
19. Missouri           10-4     6 (3)
20. Iowa               9-4      4 (0)
21. Florida State      9-4      1 (1)
22. Georgia Tech       9-4      4 (0)
23. West Virginia      9-4      3 (1)
24. Michigan State     9-4      1 (0)
25. Brigham Young      10-3     2 (0)

I know what you’re thinking: How did this moron get the columns to line up straight? But there’s something even more impressive that that!

9: Chris Peterson: Come on down!

If you look at the numbers in the remarkably aligned columns above — you went too far; that’s Erin again — you will see that Boise State was the only school in the final AP top 25 that did not have a player drafted. Despite this, the Broncos went 12-0 until losing to TCU in a bowl game. Now, I realize the WAC is not the SEC, and so does “DAWG68″ and “GATORBAIT” and everybody else who’s probably now furiously pounding out a comment, “Let those pansy butts from Idaho try to come to Tuscaloosa once! Hey, Marge? Where’s Idaho?” But Peterson went 12-1 with NO NFL prospects? He also 35-4 in three seasons. So what’s he doing in Boise?

8. Back to “Old School”

Georgia lost six NFL prospects. But can Mark Richt's team make up some of the losses with toughness?

Georgia lost six players to the NFL. But can Mark Richt's team get a little tougher?

I spoke to Mark Richt last month and he admitted, in so many words, that his team wasn’t physically or mentally tough enough last season. That would explain some of the ugliness we saw from a pre-season No. 1, particularly in losses to Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech. Only four schools had more players drafted than the Bulldogs, including Southern Cal (11, including five in the first two rounds). Ohio State and South Carolina each had seven drafted. But the Gamecocks’ draft is a little misleading because they had only one player, tight end Jared Cook, taken as high as the third round. Six others went in rounds five and seven. And then there’s that state to just the south of us . . .

7. What happened in Florida?

Remember back when Miami and Florida State were NFL factories? Guess they don’t pay as well as they used to. The Seminoles and Hurricanes each had one player drafted. Congratulations. They were tied with Weber State and Liberty. San Jose State had three. I’ve been to San Jose State. Trust me, it doesn’t scream: football magnet. The Gators had three players drafted. They would’ve had four if Tim Tebow had come out. If you haven’t heard, he’ll be back for another season. I think this will be his seventh.

6. Hello, Joe. It’s time now

Joe Johnson is not taking control on the court as easily as he did on this chess board.

Joe Johnson is not taking control on the court as easily as he did on this chess board.

I’m going to Hawks practice today and probably will follow up on this. But I had a conversation with Joe Johnson before the start of the playoffs and he talked about how he wanted to be recognized as one of those elite type players — the kind who step up in the playoffs. Of course, that hasn’t happened. He scored only 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting in Monday’s win at Miami and is averaging only 13.7 in  the playoffs. Fact is, he hasn’t had a strong post-season game since game four against Boston last year (35 points). There’s only two possibilities: 1) Either he hasn’t stepped up yet, or 2) This is who he is — a very good player, occasionally a great one. But not a superstar. Until he proves otherwise, I’m inclined to think the latter.

5. Thanks, Roger. We’ve already heard

When editors suggested that some of us begin Twittering, I immediate reached for one of my old textbooks, “Interpretive Reporting,” and went to the index. Wasn’t there. Did however find something rolled up that my friend, Bill, said he left at the apartment which . . . well, never mind. Anyway, when I joined Twitter, it was to expand my social networking horizons, promote, blah, blah, blah. I never actually thought it would help in breaking news. I imagine, neither did Roger Goodell. Oops.

4. With the 24th pick . . .

The Falcons were among at least three teams (along with San Diego and New England) that “Tweeted” its picks to followers before the commish announced them on stage. Goodell’s ego probably can take not breaking the news. But it didn’t go over well at ESPN, which pays the league millions to broadcast the draft and build up each pick like an episode of “24.” Here’s a few Twitter highlights from Saturday:

– 6:12 p.m. OK, getting close. Remember, we’ll send a tweet the moment our draft room makes up its mind on the #Falcons pick. Follow @Atlanta_Falcons.

– 9:07 p.m.: We’ll have the pick shortly….stay tuned! In touch with the War Room now.

– 9:10 p.m.: The Falcons select S William Moore, Missouri, with their second round pick at #55 overall.

  But my personal favorite was sent at 5:30 p.m., before the Denver Broncos selected Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno. “I have heard Moreno could be Denver’s pick.” It was “Tweeted” by @FalconsRMcKay, as in Rich McKay. And, of course, he was right. Maybe he should do our mock next year. We continue . . .

3. “Enjoy it while you can.”


No Twitter for you!

No Twitter for you!

Word is, that was the message from Goodell’s office to NFL teams. Translation: Not upstage-Tweetin’ next year. Reggie Roberts, the Falcons’ vice preside of football communications, said the team was sending out Twitters on its own picks after a representative in New York filled out the card for the selection (though before the announcement). “It’s another for us to connect with the fans,” he said.


2. This should be interesting

The Falcons have signed former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson. OK, some Georgia fans have enough trouble accepting the fact that every other Falcons drafted isn’t a Bulldog. How would they feel if Wilson beats out D.J. Shockley for a roster spot?

1. Before you asked, I looked

Erin Andrews: Not on Twitter.

51 comments Add your comment

Errin' Andrews

April 28th, 2009
3:04 pm

Terence Moore -

How is King Obama’s “CHANGE” working out for you, Dog?


April 28th, 2009
3:09 pm

“Relatively speaking, Georgia really kinda stunk last season.”

Anyone that calls a 10-3 record that way is too stuck in their own walled garden. No scandals. No infractions. UGA likely has one of the best coaches in America in Mark Richt. Auburn had one of the best, if not the best, in Tommy Tuberville. Boise State’s coach Chris Peterson is also one of the best. That said, I bet there is someone out there with a 6-6 record that is doing remarkably positive things for his student athletes.

When sports writers and university administrators and alumni stop thinking only about #1 as the only value in college sports, then we’ll have a world with some reality returning to it.


April 28th, 2009
3:14 pm

YAWN. Column # 4,898 from the AJC about how Georgia didn’t live up to the hype. Its April. Let it go.

Left to Right

April 28th, 2009
3:18 pm

More fun with rankings and draft picks: Check out the link below showing that from 2005-present, USC has ranked first in the number of players drafted with 43. This is almost 50% more than the second place team Ohio State, with 30. Yet, as the article points out, USC has only 1 MNC(h/t “Get the Picture”). Urban Myer, hate to say, looks great with only 20 players drafted but 2 MNCs.

Mike M

April 28th, 2009
3:59 pm

No one would have read this had Erin’s picture not been at the top of the page…..


April 28th, 2009
4:13 pm

Boise plays no one. They roll into Athens in 2005 on opening day with UGA playing DJ as starter for the first time and Boise leaves on the short end of 56-14.

THAT is why they had no one drafted.


April 28th, 2009
4:13 pm

I don’t think Erin Andrews is attractive at all. Can we have a picture of Charlize Theron, please?


April 28th, 2009
4:28 pm

“Georgia really kinda stunk last season”

If that’s so and we STILL went 10-3, Mark Richt is fine coach.

I agree with Huh, though. It is what it is. Let’s move on.


April 28th, 2009
4:42 pm

If he beats out D.J., he beats him out. If they both beat out Redman, they beat him out. That’s they way they roll in Suwanee now. Good.


April 28th, 2009
4:43 pm

My bad, Flowery Branch. Your rolled up comment got my mind to wandering.

Andy Sutton

April 28th, 2009
4:45 pm

I like the way Erin tastes.


April 28th, 2009
4:54 pm

There is someone else in the picture with Erin, funny I did not notice.

Mmmmm, Erin Andrews

April 28th, 2009
5:27 pm

Mmmmmm My fantasy girl…


April 28th, 2009
6:01 pm

Boise got blown out by UGA 2,000 miles from home, 4 years ago! And during their worst season in the past decade plus. When was the last time Georgia beat a team 2,000 miles from home?

Seems BSU did fine against an excellent Oklahoma team. And did it in a year where they played 5 bowl teams, 4 of which won their bowl. And this year Boise State drubed a highly ranked Oregon team AT Oregon. A place with a stellar non conference record. Then they lost to top 10 ranked TCU in a close thriller.

If you look at who they DID play: Oregon had 6 guys drafted. TCU had 5. BSU beat one on the road and lost to the other after leading the whole game. That’s some seriously good coaching!


April 28th, 2009
6:13 pm

Does Boise State benefit from playing in the WAC? Sure, but I can’t think of too many coaches in 1A doing more with less talent than Chris Peterson. As to what is he still doing in Boise? And this is coming from a former Atlantan and UGA grad now living in Boise. Quality of life is pretty high here for those that love the mountains and outdoors. Chris Peterson is paid well enough he lives a very comfortable life here and can be the coach of the Broncos as long as he wants. The town worships him and the Broncos and I think he and his family feel the same about Boise. Also former Boise St. coaches haven’t done as well after leaving… Koetter at Arizona St. and Hawkins at Colorado.


April 29th, 2009
12:47 am

It is the hypnosis of the blue field. Must stay at Boise, must stay at Boise, must stay at Boise….. Who is this hot chick with a microphone? Must stay at Boise…….


April 29th, 2009
3:22 am

“Must stay in Boise, must stay in Boise”


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April 29th, 2009
7:47 am

“Boise got blown out by UGA 2,000 miles from home, 4 years ago! And during their worst season in the past decade plus. When was the last time Georgia beat a team 2,000 miles from home?” – Richard, Apr 28th

Richard, UGA traveled about that distance to Arizona St. this past year and won with a patched up O-line. Boise does not ever and will not ever hold up to SEC teams because week in and week out they or anyone else in the WAC have a schedule as tough as anyone in the SEC does.


April 29th, 2009
9:38 am

I have tremendous respect for Georgia. I was in awe when I watched them dismantle BSU. That said, they probably won’t be able to do that to the Broncos again. BSU has a tendency to get better and better every year and they learn from their mistakes. It wasn’t that long ago that they moved up from the Big Sky and were ranked 117th! We thought it was the greatest thing just to lose to great teams like UCLA and even to play Hawaii. One measure of greatness is not how high you soar, but from what depth you have risen. Personally, I think it great that UGA fans even know who BSU is, much less care enough to say nasty things. I am awaiting the day when UGA and BSU play for the national championship. THAT would be a game! And if you say it couldn’t ever happen, talk to Oklahoma.

Strength of Schedule

April 29th, 2009
11:17 am

Why hasn’t Jeff Schultz ever heard of me?


April 29th, 2009
11:35 am

Interesting article. The numbers don’t lie. On Peterson being the best coach in America, well he very well could be at least ONE of the best. Boise St. is not exactly a recruiting hotbed like the SEC, Pac 10 or the Big 10. How does Boise St. keep winning? Well, their schedule is weak because of the WAC, but remember BSU went into Eugene, Oregon last year a beat a pretty good Duck team in a stadium where Oregon rarely loses. UO goes to Boise St. this fall for their first game and that game should be very entertaining to watch. BSU wins with great coaching and — and — by recruiting very carefully those kinds of kids that fit the program. Regardless of schedule, you have to give BSU credit for fielding a solid and very entertaining team. If the Mountain West would finally get a clue and add BSU, perhaps then we would be a lot closer to finding just how good Peterson really is …. But do you really think the Mountain West would want BSU? You’d think so but clearly some of the University Presidents within the Mountain West don’t want anything to do with Boise St. That says something right there……..


April 29th, 2009
11:44 am

Don’t know Richard. You should ask a tech fan – they’re used to playing on the blue turf. Jim’s right though – Az St. was a long trip and I think we’re going out to Oregon at some point.

You don’t want to overschedule those matchups though – to do that much traveling and then turn around and play an SEC game like we did (I think) last year is a pretty tall order for the players.


April 29th, 2009
12:00 pm

Boise State will field their best team ever this year. 2010 will be better yet. 2011 will be be an “OMG who are these guys.”

The team is loaded at all positions and has only five seniors.

Edward Blackwelder

April 29th, 2009
12:15 pm

Alabama’s John Parker Wilson broke a number of ‘Bama records, even Stabler’s and Namath’s. Why he didn’t do better in the Draft, I don’t know. Those of us Alabama fans dont’ really care.

Wilson did what he did great while at The University of Alabama and that’s all that counts.

The 2009 season is almost here so ROLL TIDE!

By the way, the news out of Tuscaloosa is that Alabama will be playing Michigan State in our six or seven years. Man, those schedules are worked out well in advance arent they?


April 29th, 2009
12:20 pm

A little Saban reunion Edward. Assuming Saban’s still with the Tide in six or seven years.

BTW – I think most fans hope to see their former players excel professionally after school. I certainly wish Stafford and Moreno and all the others the best of luck. If they work hard and compete while representing your alma mater, why would you not care?


April 29th, 2009
1:38 pm

Put me down as one who cares Geoff, that is the fun of watching the NFL. My favorite team in the game is the one with the most Dawg players. Although I did bandwagon it with the Falcons last year. But I love college ball much better than the pros, more emotion.


April 29th, 2009
4:31 pm

When is Georgia returning that home game to Boise?


April 29th, 2009
4:39 pm

Bluerules – tech is our Georgia state delegate to games in Idaho. Besides, I’m sure you were well compensated for that little jaunt to Athens.


April 29th, 2009
7:15 pm

A big reason BSU didn’t draft anyone is the fact that the vast majority of the team last year was freshman and sophomores.

You read that correct, the 12-0 BSU squad was also one of the youngest teams in the nation last year. The same young team that went into Autzen and took down the Ducks. The same young team (without a single D line starter playing due to injury) that lost to a top 10 TCU by 1 point . A senior laden TCU, I might add, who also drafted around 5 players?

Coach Peterson #1 « Lucky Skull

April 29th, 2009
8:31 pm

[...] Lucky Skull The Blue Thunder Power of the Skull « Mountain West makes poor strategic move Coach Peterson #1 April 30, 2009 In his Atlanta Journal Constitution blog, Jeff Schultz suggests that Coach Peterson is arguably the best college football coach in the nation. He makes a good point. Considering that not one player from the 2008 12-1 Boise State football squad got selected in this year’s NFL draft, Peterson (and his staff) deserve a lot of credit for identifying and recruiting hungry, team-oriented underdogs who can get the job done. More from the Schultz Blog. [...]


April 29th, 2009
9:35 pm

The only way Georia will play Boise State in a second game in Boise is if they thought they could win. Four years and still waiting…..


April 30th, 2009
7:48 am


April 29th, 2009
9:38 am
I have tremendous respect for Georgia. I was in awe when I watched them dismantle

I was in awe of how they dismantled ONE guy not the whole team. Jared Zebransky threw 4 ints. and fumbled 2x’s. It’s pretty easy to win football games when you’ve got a QB giving you the ball. Georgia’s offense basically got to start out in the red zone 6 times that game. So yeah, you better be able to score at least 42 pts. Don’t judge the whole team because one player couldn’t seem to prepare himself for the game. It became pretty clear that Zebransky thought he was too good to stay on top of his game in the off-season…..he was wrong, and Boise State continues to pay for his mistakes.

BTW…..the score was 48-13, not 56-14


April 30th, 2009
8:20 am

Keep waiting Chad – it aint gonna happen. Who knew there were so many Boise State fans reading the ajc?

Agree with you Cuz on NFL vs. College. Watching the Falcons turn it around the way they did last year was a lot of fun though.


May 1st, 2009
1:20 am

Boise State’s class of 2009 was not where the strength was. In fact the senior class was not well represented on the team aside form a couple of people, all the play makers were juniors. Next year, the class of 2010 will be a better year for BSU in the NFL draft. The class of 2011 is looking pretty good too.


May 1st, 2009
10:07 am

I am shocked at your lack of confidence in Georgia now days geoffdawg.sure wish they would.


May 1st, 2009
1:51 pm

No lack of confidence chad. It’s just below them.


May 1st, 2009
2:50 pm

AJC – Jeff Schultz – Who ? What? I didn’t even know this site existed until “you all” wrote about the Broncos. By the way, FYI your article sucks and so did the Bulldogs last season. By the way, your Bulldogs are lucky they should have scheduled Boise on the Blue in 2009 – that game might have been close. I don’t think so but could have been. But unless your the foolish idiots your blog makes you out to be you will stay far away from the Blue in 2010 and 2011. Albeit, we have a slot available both years. Don’t make Tech your scape goat – grow a hair “baldie” “Come on down” – come get yours . We would love to have your “pansy butts” on the Blue. Like Chad said – “FOUR YEARS AND STILL WAITING.” I know “you all” MIGHT BE waiting till Coach Pete leaves to coach Georgia then you might have a better shot on the Blue. “YAWN”


May 1st, 2009
3:39 pm

Hmmm…still trying to interpret banachek but unfortunately, I don’t speak potato. These “Idahoans” are apparently something of a proud if unfortunately, deluded people.


May 1st, 2009
3:42 pm

Darn – I meant to write “tragically” deluded people. I hate repeating my adverbs.


May 1st, 2009
7:18 pm

the fear of loosing is the only reason Georgia and other teams down there wont play teams like Boise State Utah tcu Byu on their home field in preconference games. Being exposed early in the season is something Georgia and others cant afford.To bad… Could even put and end to some of the cheap B _ S talk and you and others throw around DOWN there.I guess you forgot game is played on the field, blue or green. Have are good 2009 season. The odds though scheduling say you will


May 1st, 2009
7:31 pm

P S In Idaho smart enough to understand your your glass house and southfried chicken


May 2nd, 2009
7:59 am

Chad, pour out the rest of that beer. You’ve had enough.


May 3rd, 2009
1:54 am

It is quite sad to see Idahoans represented by people like Chad and Banachek. We are actually easy to understand in regular conversation. That said, a 10-3 record for the preseason #1 is a failure and a 12-1 record for a team unranked preseason is a success. A perfect regular season twice in three years is definitely something to garner best coach talk.


May 3rd, 2009
4:54 am

Preston >You seem to be well educated in the topic of beer… tell me more sense I dont drink. Thanks

Bulldawg Billy

May 3rd, 2009
9:39 am

In case you haven’t noticed, UGA is playing out side of the south now.


May 4th, 2009
12:30 pm

Schultz likes girls…who knew?


May 6th, 2009
12:35 pm

Boise State??
UGA couldn’t even handle PJ’s young kids from Tech.

the Dawg fans amaze me with their visions.


May 7th, 2009
9:15 am

“P S In Idaho smart enough to understand your your glass house and southfried chicken”



May 7th, 2009
3:00 pm

The false aasumption with your logic is that Bosie was actually the number 11 team in the country when in reality there were probably 25 or 30 teams that could beat them any day. That’s the fallacy with your argument. I just can’t understand why those who rank teams place them so high just because they haven’t lost a game, even though the only teams they beat are third grade all stars.