The Washington Huskies lost head coach Steve Sarkisian to the USC Trojans. That has them looking for a new one and according to Adam Jude of the Seattle Times, Boise State head coach Chris Petersen and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are the leading candidates.
Petersen was also a candidate for the USC job but turned it down. His success at Boise State has him routinely mentioned whenever a school or big program is looking for a new head coach. At Boise State he has gone 92-12 over eight seasons and won two BCS Bowls. Peterson made $2.2 million in the 2013 season and his contract has a $750,000 buy out clause.
Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel was considered to be a candidate but he removed his name from speculation.
“That’s because I coached there for 12 years and Don James is my mentor and all those things,” Pinkel said on Mike and Mike in the morning about his time at Washington. “I’ll be quite frank, I’m staying at the University of Missouri.
“I, with the administration’s help, can continue to build a national program and a quest for national championships. I’m a Missouri Tiger, and I’m going to stay a Missouri Tiger.”
On Tuesday Jim Mora accepted a six-year extension with UCLA, ending speculation that he’d return to the Washington Huskies as well.