Here’s more from new Washington coach Chris Petersen’s introductory press conference …
(On why Washington?) “I think I go back to, just the timing of things, feeling like I needed to take a step out of Boise to really grow and improve. This job wherever you are is so tremendously challenging. It wasn’t about that. But very comfortable over there, very easy for me to be over there, and really didn’t think that it was best for me to be over there in terms of really becoming the person and coach that I wanted to be. With that being said, I also think it’s very important for Boise. I think it was a win-win. Because they’ll get a fabulous coach in there that will give them a new shot of energy, and so I felt really good about that. I didn’t want to leave Boise if I thought it would be bad for them if they were take a step backwards. That’s why I go back to this timing. I think it’s really good for me and my family. I think it’s good for them as well.” Read more »
Lots to transcribe and pore over from Chris Petersen’s introductory press conference, so we’ll start by posting his lengthy opening statement. He addresses, to a degree, why he felt it was time to move on from Boise State, and what he looks for in recruits.
(Opening statement) “I want to start by saying how honored, humbled, excited I am to be here. No question about it. I want to thank President Young, Scott Woodward, Jennifer Cohen for making this process as smooth and as painless as possible. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. Before we go further I’d like to really introduce my wife again. There’s no question, trust me on this, I would not be here standing here today if it was not for her, so my wife Barbara, thank you so much. Read more »
This is technically a memorandum of understanding, meaning the official, finalized contract won’t be available for a few more weeks. But the details of Chris Petersen’s 5-year deal with Washington were distributed to reporters today at his introductory press conference. More on that in a bit.
Probably goes without saying at this point, but Petersen’s contract makes him the highest-paid coach in school history, as well as the highest-paid public employee in the state of Washington.
Here’s Petersen’s annual guaranteed compensation: Read more »
A new week begins for the Washington Huskies with the introduction of their new coach. Chris Petersen’s introductory press conference is scheduled for noon today in the Husky Stadium football operations center. It’s not open to the public, but it will air live on UWTV.
We don’t know a whole heck of a lot about Chris Petersen quite yet, but the folks who cover Boise State certainly do. So we turned to B.J. Rains, who covers the Broncos for the Idaho Press-Tribune, to fill us in on what to expect from Petersen as coach of the Huskies.
1. Speaking in general terms, what is Chris Petersen’s offensive philosophy? UW fans have seen it a couple times in the past two seasons, but what should they expect to see from a Petersen offense?
“Petersen and the BoiseState coaches changed the offense this season. After using a very extensive offense with a lot of formations and plays, the Broncos simplified to a no-huddle, up-tempo attack based primarily out of the pistol formation. The coaches felt that the offense had become too hard for younger players to learn and wanted to make it easier, especially for quarterbacks, to compete for playing time earlier. The Broncos were among the national leaders in plays per game this season. Its unknown what kind of offense he will bring with him to Washington.” Read more »
SEATTLE – After Steve Sarkisian surprised the Washington Huskies by leaving for USC, and the Huskies surprised nearly everyone by hiring Chris Petersen to replace him, there was far less mystery and intrigue surrounding UW’s bowl selection.
The Huskies are going to San Francisco.
What was expected for weeks was made official on Sunday night, as the UW accepted an invitation to play in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 27 at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
The game will kickoff at 6:30 p.m., and the Huskies will play against Brigham Young, which accepted a bid after becoming bowl-eligible in late October. Read more »