The west-coast coaching carousel is now in full swing as Boise State coach Chris Petersen has agreed to terms with the Washington Huskies to be their new head football coach.
Following Steve Sarkisian’s first 8-win season in his young career, USC hired the Washington head coach to lead the illustrious program, leaving a vacancy for the Huskies. Sarkisian coached at Washington for five full years after five previous years as an assistant at USC, and he’ll take over for interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
Meanwhile, in Seattle, Petersen takes to the northwest and the Pac-12 with his coaching stock as high as it could probably be. After seven consecutive 10-win seasons, the Broncos under Petersen have had one “off” year in 2013 where they lost four games and look headed for the Poinsettia Bowl. Considering the recent past, this is a bit of a disappointment, but still would be a great season in the history of the program.
Though Boise made a name for itself with its blue field and big calls against Oklahoma in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, it has maintained that status with the long tenure of Petersen. In 104 career games with the Broncos, he won 92 of them — an amazing record in any conference. Because while the very real talking point was always that Boise succeeded largely because of its favorable conference schedule, it’s impossible to win that many games without being a great coach.
With Jim Mora reviving UCLA’s program and Todd Graham putting the ASU Sun Devils in the 2013 Pac-12 title game, new coaches are upping the ante in the conference and Petersen only adds to that.