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Chris Petersen showing interest in Washington is significant

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For the past few years I have often said to people “If Chris Petersen doesn’t leave Boise State now, he may never do it.” Well, if Petersen does not leave the Boise State program now, he may very well never clean out his office in Boise and set up shop at another program.

The Broncos head coach apparently is showing a willingness to discuss a new opportunity. Adam Jude, who covers the Washington Huskies for The Seattle Times, reports (via Twitter) Petersen is set to interview for the head coaching vacancy with Washington’s football program. Another report by The Idaho Statesman reporter Brian Murphy says Petersen has been in his Boise office all day Thursday and intends to be there all day Friday. Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports reported Petersen was having a meeting with Washington AD Scott Woodward Thursday night.

The Huskies lost Steve Sarkisian to USC earlier this week. Petersen, who has been at the top of the coaching wish lists for a number of top-notch programs in recent years has always been relatively quick to withdraw his name from consideration. If Petersen is going to interview for the job at Washington, that would not appear to be the case this time around, which means Boise State fans may be a bit more nervous than usual this go-around on the coaching carousel.

From everything we know about Petersen, he is a bit of a laid back guy who enjoys the relative quiet atmosphere. Not that he could not handle the pressure of a high-profile job with a bright spotlight shining on it year round (USC, for example), but he prefers not to be under that type of microscope. His family concerns and reasons play in to this as well. A move from Boise State to Washington would seem to fit the kind of situation and environment Petersen has come to feel comfortable in, and success at Washington would certainly be attainable if he were to fill the vacancy.

Petersen is about as well-regarded as any coach in the country, and it is believed he would be successful anywhere he wanted to be. Sarkisian did a good job of turning Washington around after a dreadful stretch of football, but Sarkisian never was able to get the Huskies over the hump. Petersen could be that guy to finish the work started y Sarkisian.

If Boise state has peaked as a program, something worth considering at this moment, the next great challenge for Petersen could be at Washington. He would not have to rebuild a program. Washington has the talent and the facilities to compete right away in the Pac 12 North. Oregon and Stanford are still on top, but the Ducks have shown some cracks in the system this season without Chip Kelly, and Stanford is not exactly an immovable object. If Washington can manage to lure Petersen away from Boise, the Huskies would make the biggest coaching change this off-season.

It may really be now or never for Petersen.

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25 Responses to “Chris Petersen showing interest in Washington is significant”
  1. beastmode5150 says: Dec 5, 2013 7:32 PM

    Yes please. Go Dawgs.

  2. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 7:38 PM

    Whoa … really?

    Had pretty much figured he’d never leave Boise.

  3. mydixienormus says: Dec 5, 2013 7:39 PM

    Prepare to be bitches, bitches!

    Go Huskies!!!!!!!!

  4. normtide says: Dec 5, 2013 7:44 PM

    I agree that he has maxed the Boise job out. Looking forward to see how he handles an AQ program.

  5. thegamecocker says: Dec 5, 2013 7:55 PM

    @mydixienormous

    You always find a way to put the right grouping of words together to make my day a little brighter. From your blog moniker to the blogs themselves you are one creative character…….a bit off color to say the least, but incredibly creative nonetheless. Thank-you, The Gamecocker

  6. thefiesty1 says: Dec 5, 2013 7:57 PM

    If he goes, Harsin will beat the door down to get back to Boise. Count on it.

  7. derekgorgonstar says: Dec 5, 2013 8:07 PM

    Dump 7 win Steve and get this guy?

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

  8. mydixienormus says: Dec 5, 2013 8:10 PM

    Thanks gamecocker. Who do you think South Carolina will play in their bowl game?

  9. thegamecocker says: Dec 5, 2013 8:21 PM

    @mydixie……

    I hope we play U. of Wisconsin because my best friend graduated from there and he’s constantly ragging on the Gamecocks. I would like SC to play in the Cotton Bowl if we don’t play Wiskey in the Capital One Bowl. What galls me is all season long, Clemson was ahead of us in the polls even though I knew they were ranked too high. Our SEC schedule is a bitch. Even when teams are down, they can beat you like 5-6 Tenn beat us. There are no undefeated teams in the SEC and that is just the way it is. But we had another good run (10-2) and we’ll land in a good bowl game. But you are a truly talented and funny person……always makes me laugh….even now.

  10. seachicken64 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:03 PM

    Please Santa, all we want is a successful, reputable coach that will stick around. Neuheisal was odious, Willingham was feckless, Sark was a Trojan horse – but I have to give him credit for leaving us in a much better situation than when he arrived. I think Peterson would be great.

  11. chinahand11 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:17 PM

    Time for Peterson to step up into the big leagues, he has nothing to prove with Boise State. Should have been done long ago.

  12. bigbuckeye76 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:24 PM

    I think that would be a great hire by Washington.

  13. jdillydawg says: Dec 5, 2013 9:55 PM

    Of all the coaching rumors and switches and who’s after who stories I’ve read, I actually like this one best. Seems like it would be a great move for him and the school.

    I think Sark did the right thing in getting out, he wasn’t the right fit for long term.

    But this Peterson fella…hmmmm…provocative!

  14. trapshoot says: Dec 5, 2013 9:59 PM

    Surprised he’d leave Boise, but if he does Washington would be a great place for him.

  15. hahapapa says: Dec 5, 2013 10:31 PM

    No.. No he won’t go.

  16. kdbroom says: Dec 5, 2013 10:53 PM

    I hope he goes to UW. Being from Louisiana, I’m a lifelong LSU fan. However, I’ve closely followed the Huskies since the mid-80s, really liked Don James, and have always had UW as my #2 team. I’d love to see Chris Peterson get UW over the hump and back to being a national power. I hope this works out for him and the university.

  17. bender4700 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:18 PM

    “Back to being a national power”

    Haha ok. Good school, but seriously. Let’s not revise history here. Colorado won a National Title and nobody has ever called them a national power.

    Washington would be perfect for Petersen. Low key market, media scrutiny and national attention is favorable, but big market support. Husky fans love their team. He’d be the best chance to be a “national power” but closer to a PAC-12 power. Which is fine. If he doesn’t go there, please find him in Lincoln. The guys a winner. Proven. Just needs a real spot. Boise’s very limited. As we see.

  18. ithinkipeedmyself says: Dec 6, 2013 12:11 AM

    Maybe mydixienormus and gamecocker need to spend some time together? Maybe some camping…share a tent. Brokeback-bowl game discussions.

  19. realfootballfan says: Dec 6, 2013 1:26 AM

    Yea, if UW pulls this one off, I think they would have stumbled into an upgrade and weren’t even looking to before Sark’s about face earlier in the week. Best to jump to the big leagues with more resources before he ends up like Kyle Wettingham who has stuck around at Utah too long and probably won’t survive many more average Pac 12 seasons.

  20. n00dlesalad says: Dec 6, 2013 2:11 AM

    @derekgorgonstar

    Out near Boise, there’s an old rural road named Chicken Dinner Road…one of my favorite memories of a few years spent in that area.

    http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/64289942.html

  21. txnative61 says: Dec 6, 2013 3:10 AM

    By all rights Boise State should have had Colorado’s spot in the Pac-12. Jumping around trying to find an AQ conference, and nobody wanting them is the result of their success, but must gall Peterson to some extent. He can coach and recruit, and is probably the most likely candidate to take Washington back to the upper echelon of Pac 12. Character and demeanor similar to Don James just what the Huskies need.

  22. teambringitstrong says: Dec 6, 2013 7:15 AM

    bender4700 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:18 PM

    “Back to being a national power”

    Haha ok. Good school, but seriously. Let’s not revise history here. Colorado won a National Title and nobody has ever called them a national power.

    Washington would be perfect for Petersen. Low key market, media scrutiny and national attention is favorable, but big market support. Husky fans love their team. He’d be the best chance to be a “national power” but closer to a PAC-12 power. Which is fine. If he doesn’t go there, please find him in Lincoln. The guys a winner. Proven. Just needs a real spot. Boise’s very limited. As we see.
    ———————————————————–
    Naive, shallow,know nothing youngsters. Son, lemme tell you, UW was a national power in the Don James days. Ever hear of Warren Moon? He was the starting QB on the Rose Bowl team that got all in Michigan’s arse. Just because you weren’t around doesn’t mean it never happened.

  23. twilla24 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:09 AM

    This is funny in that this writer days Sarkisian did a “good job turning around a dreadful Washington team”. While Chris Houston was on here a few days ago bashing USC for it’s hire of him stating his record and how bad he was. Unreal. Yet again another reason why this is my 3rd source of information for sports and close to deleting this app. Bleacher report is at least consistent in their views.

  24. realfootballfan says: Dec 6, 2013 8:30 AM

    Look like Peterson to UW is a done deal. Nice upgrade.

  25. open1337 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:38 AM

    I was bent until this news!

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