J.W. Hardy out as Boise State track & field coach

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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise State announced Thursday that head men's and women's track and field coach J.W. Hardy has been relieved of his duties.

Hardy was in the middle of his fourth season as head coach at Boise State. He had guided the team to two conference championships: the 2010 WAC Cross-Country title and 2011 WAC Indoor Track and Field championship.

Hardy spoke with KBOI 2 Sports Thursday night, and told us he and BSU administration didn't agree on a few things, but he was not fired. "I took some personal time off last week, had a meeting when I returned, and was told they wanted to go a different direction," Hardy said. "Usually the assumption is if you get fired, you've done something wrong, but I stand with a clear conscious."

Hardy will be paid by Boise State through June 30 of this year: the scheduled end of his contract.

Reached for comment Thursday, a Boise State athletics official declined to offer specifics on Hardy's firing but said it caught everyone in the department by surprise.

Assistant Jeff Petersmeyer - BSU jumps coach who helped Kurt Felix to the 2012 decathlon national championship and London Olympics - will take over as interim head coach while a national search is conducted to replace Hardy.

Boise State hosts the All-Idaho Cup at Boise's Dona Larsen Park April 6, before two straight weekends on the road. The athletics official said there will be no changes to the team's travel or competition schedule because of Hardy's firing.

Hardy previously was an assistant and head coach at his alma mater, Northern Arizona University.

Note: This story previous included the headline "Boise State fires Track & Field coach J.W. Hardy" which was updated after Hardy was reached for comment Thursday night.