Well that was fast. Four days after Steve Sarkisian bolted for the sunny confines of USC, Chris Petersen has agreed to terms on a 5 year, $18 million contract to be the next head coach at the University of Washington.
Washington targeted Petersen immediately in their search for a new coach. As soon as, Marcus Tuiasosopo was named interim head coach for the Huskies, Washington Athletic Director Scott Woodward was off to Boise. He left with a new head coach.
Washington was able to do what schools such as UCLA, Stanford, and USC were not able to. Get Petersen to leave Boise. Washington presents a new challenge for Petersen. Washington was expected to challenge not only the PAC 12 championship this year, but had National title hopes. That fell short quickly as the Huskies posted a 8-4 record heading into their bowl game.
After five years, Sarkisian was able to turn the Huskies around from a dismal 0-12 season before his arrival. However, Sarkisian was never able to get the Huskies to the next level, losing 4 or more games in all five of his years as head coach. Petersen will surely be tasked in getting the Huskies back into the conference and national title picture.
Petersen track record is solid. In his eight years at Boise State, Petersen amassed 92 wins versus 12 loses. During that time, he had two undefeated seasons and two BCS bowl wins.
Now for my thoughts, I ain’t sold. I don’t really know why either. Boise State was a power house for the better part of decade with Petersen at the helm. However, they were not playing in a major conference. I know I know, they won verse some major programs and won a couple of BCS games. Each an impressive feat.
Now he won’t have a lot of fluff. The PAC 12 is strong and getting stronger. We all know Oregon and Stanford are vying for a national championship every year. UCLA and is definitely on the rise and I believe USC will also be a major player again.
As a Washington fan, I want them to be a powerhouse again. We thought that was going to be the case when they hired Sark, but couldn’t get us there. With the Petersen hired, I have big hopes again. I just really hope we can get there.