http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2008/12/05/chris-petersen-is-not-heading-to-mississippi-state-or-anywhere-e/

The rumor today on the coaching carousel was that Boise State head coach Chris Petersen was heading to Mississippi State. This was an early rumor since the Mississippi State athletic director, Greg Byrne worked at Oregon at the same time that Petersen was an assistant coach there. The rumor gained “legitimacy” when an Idaho TV station (KVIV-TV) started reporting an posting that Petersen had been offered a four-year, $9 million deal.

Then Boise State and Chris Petersen issued a statement.

“I have a lot of respect for director of athletics Greg Byrne and the Mississippi State athletic program, but I am not taking the head coaching position at Mississippi State. Mississippi State has not offered me the head coaching position. I normally do not comment on coaching positions at other schools, but felt I needed to do so in this situation. We are very happy here at Boise State and look forward to our upcoming bowl game later this month.”

That tanked the rumor and KVIV completely changed the story — scrubbing any reference to a contract offer in the story. (No one appears to have a screen shot, but at least a couple sites had linked to the article and cited it as mentioning the contract length and money.)

NCAA Football Fanhouse
12/5/08