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December 6, 2013

Blockbuster hire

Early this morning the college football world was shocked to learn that Chris Petersen appears to be set to leave Boise State for Washington.

While no details have been released by the university and there hasn't been official confirmation there also haven't been denials.

Brett McMurphy reported yesterday that Petersen was set to interview for the coaching position yesterday but the news of Petersen's hire broke very early this morning.

Talks took place on Thursday night, according to an ESPN report. Washington closed the deal quickly and avoided the drawn out and damaging hiring process that has characterized so many searches across the country in recent years.

And according to one source there was never much of a question of whether Petersen w
The Huskies simply couldn't have made a bigger hire. In recent years Petersen has been near the top of virtually every school's wish list during coaching change and that includes the Pac-12's premier programs.

But for one reason or another each time Petersen quietly slipped back into his comfortable, secure situation at Boise State, piling up wins and championships and making the program more mainstream with continued competitiveness and success against BCS programs.

Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was to be interviewed but Petersen was obviously the top choice. Wrapping things up so quickly sends a clear signal that Petersen was the preferred option.

Petersen's Boise State teams have built a national reputation for discipline, consistency, overachieving and creativity, especially on offense. The Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma thrust the program into the national spotlight and since that time Petersen has led the program to sustained excellence.

No head coach in college football right now has a winning percentage that can rival Petersen's, and the native of Yuba City (Calif.) has won ten or more games in every season but one since taking over as head coach.

Petersen was the Western Athletic Conference's Coach of the Year in 2008-2009 and on two separate occasions (2006, 2010) has won various national coach of the year honors.

Petersen's Boise State teams took on Washington on three occasions. Boise State won the 2012 contest in the Las Vegas Bowl but lost competitive contests in 2007 and this year.

Terms of his contract with Washington have not been released but sources have indicate that a general agreement has been reached. Petersen should be available to begin head coaching duties at Washington almost right away, which would give him plenty of time to assemble a staff and make the many recruiting decisions that need to be made leading up to National Signing Day during the first week in February. Washington's recruiting class still needs to fill out and keeping the highly-rated prospects currently committed on board is a top priority as well.


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