Nov 23, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen during the first half against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Petersen Reportedly Withdraws From USC Head Coach Search, Sarkisian Enters Fray

Boise State head coach Chris Petersen has withdrawn from the running to be USC’s next head football coach, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad.

Schad’s report stated that Petersen and USC had “mutual interest” but the Boise State head man, who has been a hot commodity in college football because of the overwhelming success of his non-BCS conference Broncos, has once again turned down the opportunity to leave for a bigger program.

Yesterday, Schad and others had reported that USC Athletic Director Pat Haden had narrowed his list of potential candidate to Petersen and Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, with an announcement due as early as this week.

Reports also surfaced today that Washington head coach and former USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian interviewed for the job this past weekend.

As far as interim head coach Ed Orgeron’s chances for staying with the Trojans, ESPN LA’s Arash Markazi reported that USC wants to keep the Cajun on staff, but as an assistant and not as the head coach.

Petersen’s reported removal from the race, however, likely moves Coach O one step closer to potentially securing the gig, though the inclusion of Sarkisian could throw a wrench in that plan even if Franklin opens the door even further by turning down the opportunity as well.

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