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Chris Petersen will reportedly be highest-paid Pac-12 coach

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In finally prying him out of Boise, Washington was expected to make Chris Petersen one of the highest-paid head coaches in the Pac-12.  As it turns out, it appears you can take the “one of” out of the equation.

Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com reported Friday night that Petersen and UW had agreed on a five-year contract that would pay the former Boise State head coach an average of $3.6 million annually.  The school, which will officially introduce Petersen at a press conference Monday, has yet to release any contractual details.

If the numbers are accurate, Petersen would easily become the highest-paid head coach in the Pac-12, at least as far as public institutions are concerned.

Petersen’s predecessor, Steve Sarkisian, previously held the title, earning a reported $2.57 million in 2013.  Utah’s Kyle Whittingham ($2.43 million), Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre ($2.4 million) and Cal’s Sonny Dykes ($2.39 million) were all at or around $2.4 million this season.  In his final season with the Broncos, Petersen was paid $2.1 million.

As they are private institutions, Stanford and USC are not required to release salary details for its coaches.  In its salary data base, though, USA Today had Lane Kiffin making $2.59 million as the Trojans’ head coach.  It’s believed Sarkisian will top $3 million annually for his move to USC.

The Cardinal’s David Shaw is also believed to have cracked (at least) the $3 million mark.

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15 Responses to “Chris Petersen will reportedly be highest-paid Pac-12 coach”
  1. beastmode5150 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:04 AM

    Best coach in conference should be highest paid.

  2. timh1955 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:47 AM

    Nick Saban gets $2 million more than Petersen will get.

  3. kdbroom says: Dec 7, 2013 10:00 AM

    @timh1955,

    That’s $2m more….until Texas and Bama get into a bidding war over him.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:55 AM

    Saban is worth every dollar and more. He also won 3 NC. If Peterson wins, his salary went up. He is the highest paid coach in the league and hasn’t won a game.

  5. raysfan1 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:02 AM

    Saban has 4 BCS championships.

  6. waynefontes says: Dec 7, 2013 11:15 AM

    How often is it that a coach leaves a school to coach at another school, and the replacement is a definite upgrade over the old coach.

    Best of luck to the Huskies and Coach Peterson.

  7. Asdrubael says: Dec 7, 2013 11:25 AM

    Petersen has definitely managed to maximize his value and strike while the going is good. Despite a very disappointing season at Boise, he’s raking in cash. I’m not attacking his record as a coach, because the guy’s stats speak for themselves, but I worry that he’s jumping ship just in time to escape a sinking Boise team. If they regressed for another season under his lead, his star would have extinguished considerably. I’m definitely curious to see how this hire pans out and how Petersen handles the challenges of playing legitimate competition rather than Mountain West opposition.

  8. beastmode5150 says: Dec 7, 2013 12:58 PM

    Asdurabel, Peterson, it has come out, had been interested in UW job for about 8 years.

  9. dcandyman1 says: Dec 7, 2013 1:17 PM

    how do you do that? Yes they were a very good team with Kellen Moore and that group but irrelevant the past couple years.
    Hes a gerat coach but to be paid more than the other pac 12 coaches is a reach

  10. jdillydawg says: Dec 7, 2013 1:20 PM

    “I’m not attacking his record as a coach, because the guy’s stats speak for themselves, but I worry that he’s jumping ship just in time to escape a sinking Boise team.”

    This is a good observation but I think it’s a great time for him to make a move. Sometimes, you just need a change to get motivated again. I don’t think he’s left Boise St. in ruin by any means and they’ll land on their feet.

    The UW move is a great way to recharge his batteries and find his groove again.

  11. normtide says: Dec 7, 2013 1:36 PM

    Jdilly- I’ve always said that a coach has a competitive shelf life of about ten years at one school. There are exceptions, but most coaches complacent after early success. Bob Stoops is a prime example. Hell, it might be the public on whole, not just coaches who need to change up after a decade in one place.

  12. beastmode5150 says: Dec 7, 2013 5:53 PM

    Look, petersons worst season is equal to sarks best, 8-4. Sark vs Oregon, 0-5, Peterson, 2-0.

  13. genebulge says: Dec 7, 2013 6:44 PM

    I am curious what Jim Mora is now getting at UCLA since he turned down his dream job of head coach of the Huskies, for which he played for. I like the hiring of Petersen as he has shown he can win a big game beating Oregon twice and Oklahoma in a BCS bowl game of which the Bronco’s played in two times.

  14. hahapapa says: Dec 7, 2013 6:45 PM

    Great guy, great coach. I think it really was time for him to go. Wasn’t the same this year, just didn’t seem to have the drive and aggression as in the past. Could see this coming all fall. Go ahead and take Prince , Harsin won’t need him on his staff. Good luck Pete..appreciate all you did.

  15. trapshoot says: Dec 8, 2013 7:56 PM

    Nice piece of change. Will be interesting to see if they finally got the right person to getthe program back up on top.

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