My guess

By: maxduck

A similar situation to Mike Bellotti and Chip Kelly.  The interim Oregon AD know he had lightning in a bottle with Chip and that Kelly was generating a lot of interest.  To keep him in Eugene they kicked Bellotti upstairs to AD, a job he didn't want nor did he perform well. 

Petersen already saw his offense decline when Jonathon Smith left for the Beavers and I'm sure Jimmy Lake's agent was fielding lots of calls.  I think Lake is also their best recruiter.  Looking at a mediocre offense and a step back on defense they made a new administrative position for Petersen.

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