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Washington to hire Chris Petersen from Boise State

Nov 23, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen during the first half against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

According to multiple reports, Chris Petersen is going to take the Washington Huskies head coaching job.  After years of seemingly flirting with just about every big job in the country, the long time Boise State head coach opted for the Huskies job that had just been vacated by Steve Sarkisian, now the head coach of USC.

Petersen had been one of the hottest coaching prospects in the country but had lost a little of his luster to some simply for not leaving Boise earlier and the fact that expectations were sky high for Boise State and anytime they did not threaten the BCS, it seemed to be considered a failure.  There had been plenty of speculation that Petersen would simply be a lifer for the Broncos.  In 8 seasons, Petersen had guided the Broncos to a 92-12 record, going 5-2 in bowl games including two undefeated seasons.  Boise State won a pair of Fiesta Bowls, first in 2006 and then in 2009.

The situation in Washington has been remarkable as there had been rumblings about whether Sarkisian should be on the hot seat at times in his tenure there to then getting the USC job.  Now, the Huskies might have ended up with a better head coach in Petersen.  It will be interesting to see if Petersen gives an explanation as to why now and why he went with Washington.  This is a big move for the Huskies and suddenly the PAC-12 North have a ton of good coaches not only battling it out on the field but also in recruiting.

Topics: Boise State Broncos Football, Chris Petersen, Washington Huskies Football

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