Washington will only get better under Petersen
Petersen, whose name has seemingly appeared on everyone’s Christmas wish list since 2006, is set to be one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12 with a five-year deal.
We knew athletic director Scott Woodward wanted to make this process as quick as possible. Other candidates were current defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox (who will likely follow Sarkisian to USC) and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Petersen was one of the top candidates for the USC opening, but drew his hat almost immediately following rumors that the Trojans were looking at Sarkisian. It makes you wonder if he was more interested in the Washington position.
This is the right move for both parties, and I don’t think it could have worked out any better. Petersen has claimed that he never left Boise because there wasn’t ever an offer to fit his personality and coaching style, but the Huskies were that elusive “right fit.”
Besides, the door of opportunity may have been beginning to close for Petersen. Boise State had never lost more than two games in a season from 2006-12, but have four losses heading into its bowl game and there’s nothing to hint that the Broncos will be a Mountain West powerhouse again in 2014.
But even with this year’s struggles, Petersen leaves with a 92-12 record, five MWC titles and two BCS wins.
Here’s the piece I wrote earlier in the week that showed Petersen as the No. 1 potential candidate for the Washington vacancy.
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