After being the subject of countless rumors and being on the wish list of just about every athletic director looking to fill a vacancy over the last few years, Chris Petersen was finally lured away from Boise State.
The University of Washington hired Petersen on Friday, replacing Steve Sarkisian – who was announced as the USC Trojans head coach on Tuesday.
Huskies’ athletic director Scott Woodward discussed the hiring through a statement earlier Friday.
On behalf of the University of Washington and the entire Husky Nation, I am proud to welcome Chris Petersen as our new head football coach. Coach Petersen’s success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is the man himself. His integrity, work ethic and character make him an outstanding fit and leader of our student-athletes at UW. We are thrilled and proud to call Coach Petersen a Husky.” [Seattle Times]
Woodward found the success so extraordinary in fact – he did go 92-12 with Boise State – that he has made Petersen the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12 Conference.
According to a report from Chip Patterson at CBSSports.com, Peterson’s deal is for 5-years and will pay him an annual salary of $3.6 million.
Utah’s Kyle Whittingham is second on that list with a $2.427 million annual grab, according to USA Today’s list of coaching salaries.