If you’re a Washington Huskies fan, you have to be happy with the head coaching situation. No, I’m not talking about Steve Sarkisian leaving, I’m talking about Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen leaving his beloved program in Idaho to take the job at Washington in the Pac-12. Without question, he is an upgrade from Sarkisian who had no more than eight wins and no less than five in his five year tenure at the school.
Sarkisian was the the epitome of just a little above average for the Huskies, but what Petersen has done with a team from a smaller conference in Boise State has been nothing short of amazing.
In his eight seasons with Boise State, Petersen accrued a 92-12 record and two BCS bowl berths — including a huge upset win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl in 2006. Petersen had made a bowl game in each season as head coach and never had more than two conference losses and four losses in a single season — both of which were firsts this season.
As a solid recruiter and an even better team-builder, Petersen has to be the perfect fit for the job just based on his track record. He can take two and three-star recruits and turn them into stars at Boise State and he had done that on a regular basis. Imagine what he can do with a recruiting pipeline like he now will have at Washington? This is going to be a successful program in no time, looking to win their first conference title since 2000 in upcoming seasons.
If Washington wasn’t serious about being Pac-12 contenders before, they sure are now. Great hire.
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