Sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to grow. That belief convinced Chris Petersen the time was finally right to leave Boise State University, and the perfect fit is the University of Washington.
The 49-year-old Petersen was introduced by UW President Michael Young at a noon press conference in the new football offices at Husky Stadium. The event was attended by boosters, alumni, and coaches from many other Huskies sports.
Petersen was approached on several occasions by other Pac-12 schools over the past few years, but declined to pursue those opportunities.
In an interview with 1090TheFan, Petersen admitted he was content staying in Boise, but his heart and gut feel told him it was finally time to move.
“The simple answer is the right time and the right place,” Petersen told me. “After 13 years of me being there to grow as a coach, a person, and an educator, it was time to get out of that comfort zone and take the next step. There’s a lot I know about this place and this University, and I’m just excited to be a part of everything it represents.”
Petersen would not get into specifics about assembling his first Husky coaching staff, and said he would not interfere with bowl preparations, but would be around to support the team. He plans to meet with current players to find out whether they would like to stay or leave the program.
The University released terms of Peterson’s 5-year contract. He will earn a base $3.2 million through January 31, 2015, and $4.0 million in the final year of the deal. Taking the Dawgs to a College Football Playoff Championship game would be worth another $500 thousand.
What type of team does Petersen want Husky fans to see when they take the field next September?
The coach has three goals in mind. “I want kids who play extremely hard. People can see how hard they play. The second thing is we execute. There are a lot of teams that play hard and don’t execute like we need to. The third thing is it looks like they are having a lot of fun. I think if we can do those three things we’ll be off to a good start.”
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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