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Report: Chris Petersen expected to take Washington job

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It appears that, after myriad opportunities over the past several years, Chris Petersen is ready to pull the trigger on a move away from the blue turf of Boise.

Joe Schad of is reporting that Petersen is expected to be named the head coach at Washington at some point Friday.  This report comes less than 24 hours after news surfaced that Petersen had an interest in the UW opening and was in Seattle to interview for the job.

Schad wrote that, when it comes to Petersen finally deciding to move on from Boise State, the coach “felt ready to leave because the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit.”

If the hiring goes down as reported, Petersen is expected to be one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12.  Petersen made just over $2.1 million in 2013.

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18 Responses to “Report: Chris Petersen expected to take Washington job”
  1. mydixienormus says: Dec 6, 2013 9:22 AM


  2. lbijake says: Dec 6, 2013 9:53 AM

    Congrats to both parties. Perhaps in the age of switching conferences and playoffs he and Boise State have plateaued. Now both can start growing again. Should be a win/win situation.

  3. halbert53 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:55 AM

    Sounds like USC sh*t and fell backwards in it. Hire Sark, lose Orgeron, UW gets Peterson who should be a great fit. And Pease, who got canned at UF as OC, goes to UW or as HC at BSU. Nothing beats having your top choice as HC accept a lesser paying job at a conference rival. Pat Haden has had better weeks.

  4. ningenito78 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:14 AM

    Pease? Think he has some stock recovery to do before he’s getting HC job. I don’t care what he did 3 years ago.

  5. pacnwsailor says: Dec 6, 2013 10:24 AM

    Sark who?

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2013 10:38 AM

    I guess the grass was actually greener.

  7. halbert53 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:39 AM

    Pease probably as an OC but depending on who all from BSU goes to UW I could see him being a reach for BSU. Pease wasn’t the problem at UF, Muschamp was and wanted to run pro offense with spread personnel. BSU was built by an overachieving coach but the shine on the program is starting to wear off. Not sure who would be interested in being HC there but it needs to be someone who knows what they are getting into.

  8. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Dec 6, 2013 10:47 AM

    Keebler needs to start making O’Boisies potato chips again. The cheddar ones were delish.

  9. oldforester says: Dec 6, 2013 10:59 AM

    Understand Peterson never wanted to leave Boise because of his medically challenged son, as Boise embraced his son wherever he went. Not a Huskie fan, but hope fan base and city will do the same for Peterson in the Emerald City. Great hire, better man.

  10. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 6, 2013 11:03 AM

    Good hire. Did UW upgrade from Sark?

    Hopefully he can convince Wilcox to stay.

  11. th56 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:05 AM

    Washington finally hired a great coach! I wanted Oregon to hire him.
    Oh we’ll, Id feel pretty good if I were a Husky fan.

  12. soundsofsuccess7 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:23 AM

    I was surprised that USC didn’t offer him their job, to be honest. Washington may have just made an improvement.

  13. v2the4 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:33 AM

    great hire by Washington, and a great move by Peterson, as he was starting to be labeled as someone who would tease another school, but eventually stay in Boise.

    Im sure he has done all he can do at Boise…two BCS games…an undefeated season….numerous pros…clean program…..and he is a big time recruiter…

    he should win 10 games with no problem, something Steve Sarkisian could never do.

  14. realfootballfan says: Dec 6, 2013 11:38 AM


    He was 91-12 at Boise. If that’s the “shine coming off,” alot of teams should want that. It’s a great fit. He can recruit the same areas and expand now with better resources. It’s the right way to go when you’re hiring a coach, give an experienced coach from a smaller school a shot at the big leagues. Florida did it with Meyer, Stanford did it with Harbaugh, Ohio State did it with Tressel. Just hope he doesn’t flame out like Dan Hawkins did.

  15. asimonetti88 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:41 AM

    Somewhat surprised by this. I guess he really prefers the lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest and the lesser spotlight. Wish he had come to USC but have to respect him for sticking to his values and doing what makes him happy.

  16. imaduffer says: Dec 6, 2013 12:08 PM

    Purple turf, anyone?

  17. kastout11 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    Perfect time to leave. His program is not going to improve. If anthing, declining. His stock is as high as it ever will be. Maybe, he should have left after last year or even maybe 2 years ago.

  18. farvite says: Dec 6, 2013 2:52 PM

    Suck it SC!!

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