Boise State coach Chris Petersen is expected to be named head coach of the Washington Huskies on Friday, sources have told ESPN.
Petersen will be one of the highest paid coaches in the Pac-12 with the deal, according to a source.
Petersen, who has turned down other job offers, is ready for a new challenge, the source said.
Petersen met Thursday night with Washington AD Scott Woodward and senior associate athletic director Jennifer Cohen in Boise and signed an agreement on terms, sources said.
Petersen felt ready to leave because the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit, according to a source.
Petersen has been connected to various openings over the last few years including USC, UCLA and Stanford but felt this was the best match. Petersen is a California native who has also worked in Idaho and Oregon and recruited all those states as well as Washington.
The closeness to Idaho probably was a big factor. As long as I'm speculating on what were big factors, the Jimi Hendrix museum was also pretty big. And I suspect a decades-long love for all things Nintendo. Well, now Chris "HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU IT'S NOT PETERSON" Petersen will get to play all the Legend of Zelda he could ever want (in the 3 minutes a week off from work coaches get).
What are your thoughts on this? Will it be another coach from a mid-major coming up to the big time and finding out that things are a bit different when you aren't a big fish in a small pond? Or will Washington finally win that elusive 9th game!
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