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UCLA football: Petersen out as a candidate for the Bruins ’ job

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Boise State Coach Chris Petersen is no longer a candidate for the UCLA football job, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak on the subject.

Petersen had been target by UCLA officials after Rick Neuheisel was fired as the Bruins coach Monday.

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UCLA offered Petersen a contract that would have paid him nearly $4-million per season, plus nearly $3 million for assistant coaches.

Petersen, who has a 71-6 record at Boise State, decided to remain at Boise State because of lifestyle reasons. He has turned down other universities in the past, including a $3-million offer from Stanford last year, for the same reasons.

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