Boise State promotes Prince to OC

Boise State promoted assistant Robert Prince to offensive coordinator to replace the departed Brent Pease, the school announced Wednesday.

Prince served as wide receivers coach and passing coordinator in 2011, and will continue to coach the receivers. Last season was his first back in Boise after a seven-year break in which he served as an assistant for several NFL teams. Prince coached Boise State wide receivers from 2001-2003.

“We are looking forward to having Robert (Prince) direct our offense,” coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. “He has been working for many years to become an offensive coordinator and I know he’ll do an outstanding job for us. I’m looking forward to what type of spin he’ll put on the offense.”

First and foremost for Prince is to find a starting quarterback to replace Kellen Moore. Boise State has several candidates vying for the spot, including junior Joe Southwick, sophomore Grant Hedrick, redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea and early enrollee Nick Patti. Southwick has served as the backup to Moore the last two seasons.

“My family and I are excited,” Prince said in a statement. “We love Boise, and we are looking forward to the opportunity. Offensively, we have a great staff and I’m looking forward to working with them in a new capacity.”

Petersen generally promotes from within. When Bryan Harsin left for Texas last season, he promoted Pease. When defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox left after 2009, he promoted Pete Kwiatkowski.