Chris Petersen announced as new University of Washington head coach

By Emily Pehrson and Michael Steen

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CBS Sports’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Petersen signed a five year deal that will pay him $3.6 million annually to coach the Huskies. His new salary will make Petersen the highest paid coach in the Pac-12.

According to a report by USA Today, Lane Kiffin was the highest paid coach in the Pac-12 before he was fired on Sept. 29. The next highest paid coach was University of Washington’s Steve Sarkisian who was paid $2,575,000.

Because Stanford is a private school they are not required to release David Shaw’s salary and chose not to do so.





Football portraits, athletics staffBob Gregory has been named as interim head coach of the Boise State football team.

“I’m appreciative that Bob has agreed to accept this opportunity and know that he will have our players focused and ready to compete in our bowl game,” Coyle said.

Gregory is completing his fifth season as an assistant on the Bronco staff, and his second as assistant head coach. Gregory was the defensive coordinator in 2001 and, upon his return he coached the linebackers until he was promoted to assistant head coach in 2010.

“I’m honored to represent Boise State University and Bronco Football in our bowl game,” Gregory said in a press release. “We have a great process in place, and we will continue to follow that process.  We look forward to our bowl preparations knowing that our players will be excited and will play with great energy.”

11:45 a.m.

Gregg Bell, director of writing for the University of Washington athletic department reports Chris Petersen met with the Boise State football team this morning to give them the news he was leaving.

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10:20 a.m.

Boise State president Bob Kustra and athletic director Mark Coyle issued statements on Chris Petersen and his tenure as Boise State head football coach.

“We wish Chris Petersen and his family all the best in their future endeavors,” Coyle said in a press release. “Chris is an outstanding coach and role model, and we know he’ll be successful at Washington. We have started a national search for our next head football coach at Boise State and will work tirelessly to find the perfect fit to continue the ascension of Bronco football.”

Chris Petersen began his time at Boise State in 2001 as an offensive coordinator under former head coach Dan Hawkins. Petersen took over as head coach in 2006 when Hawkins left for the vacant head coaching position at Colorado University. Petersen was 92-12 in eight seasons as head coach of the Broncos.

“I know Bronco Nation joins me in thanking Chris Petersen for all he did to advance Boise State’s football program over the past thirteen years,” Kustra said in a press release. “He is not only a great coach but a great person and an asset to the community. We were lucky to have him at Boise State and Washington is lucky to get him. We wish Chris and Barbara the very best.”

Neither Kustra or Coyle have issued comments on potential interim head coaches for Boise State’s bowl game.

10:05 a.m.

Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen has officially been announced as the new head football coach at the University of Washington.

“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,” Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said in a press release. “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.”

ESPN’s Joe Schad captured this graphic from the University of Washington’s athletics site.

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10:00 a.m.

CBS Sport’s reporter Jeremy Fowler reports that Petersen has signed a deal with the University of Washington and is likely to become one of the highest paid coaches in the Pac 12.

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8:00 a.m.

It was reported by ESPN’s Joe Schad that head football coach Chris Petersen would announce later today, Dec. 6, that he is leaving Boise State.

Chris Petersen will reportedly take the place of Steve Sarkisian as head coach at the University of Washington. Sarkisian left the Huskies earlier this week for the head coaching job at USC, a position for which Chris Petersen was reported to be in the running for as well.

Thus far, there has been no official word from Chris Petersen or Boise State.

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