Chris Petersen - New head coach at Washington
One of the most wildly successful coaches of the past decade has decided that the timing and situation is right for him to move on.
Boise State's Chris Petersen, who compiled a 92-12 record as the head coach of the Broncos, is expected to accept the head coaching job at Washington today, according to a report from Joe Schad (and we have confirmed as well).
Multiple reports state that Petersen's contract will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the Pac-12.
At Boise, Petersen won nearly 90% of his games, and went 5-2 in bowl games, including an undefeated season and first ever BCS bowl berth in Boise history in his first year as a head coach. That was the year that the Bronco's captivated the attention of the nation when they beat Oklahoma in a thriller using the hook and ladder, and statue of Liberty in a game that will be remembered forever.
Ever since that first season, Petersen's Bronco's have played spoiler in more games than we care to count, and have been considered a major power among the non-automatic qualifiers.
It seems like his name popped up for every vacant head coaching job since that memorable 2006 season, and according to Schad, Petersen just felt that the timing and situation was perfect for him to make his move in this situation.
As soon as Petersen steps to the podium to formally accept the job, winning games in the Pac-12 officially gets a whole lot harder.
As always, we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Chris Petersen expected to be named Washington head coach today. Will be one of highest paid in PAC-12.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 6, 2013
Chris Petersen is ready for a new challenge and views the professional and family timing and UW destination as the perfect next step— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 6, 2013
I spoke w multiple Pac-12 North coaches past few days. Each of them felt Petersen was best hire UW could make. Each hoped it didn't happen— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 6, 2013