As we detailed earlier in the week, Boise State head coach Chris Petersen had a long flirtation with USC about the school’s then-vacant head coaching position. USC and Petersen both came to the conclusion that he wasn’t a fit at the school, but now the long-time Broncos’ coach is being courted for the Washington job, which was recently vacated by USC’s new head coach, Steve Sarkisian.
The Seattle Times is reporting that Washington has made an offer to Petersen that would make him one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12. Reports were flying around Thursday night that Washington athletic director Scott Woodward had flown to Boise to interview Petersen. The plane that went back to Seattle did not have Petersen on it, but he was apparently offered the job.
Petersen has already turned down overtures from Stanford and UCLA and while he was interested in the USC job, both sides agreed he just wasn’t a fit for Los Angeles. We have no idea whether or not Washington could be a better fit for Petersen.
The 49-year-old head coach will make about $2.2 million this season at Boise State and Washington is apparently willing to significantly increase that salary.
Petersen is a two-time national coach of the year and the Broncos are 92-12 in his eight seasons as the head coach. He took over for Dan Hawkins as the head guy in 2006, after being the team’s offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2006. His teams have finished in the top 10 nationally four times and he has taken the Broncos to two BCS bowls and led them to two undefeated seasons. It goes without saying that the guy has a phenomenal track record.
Washington was also scheduled to meet with Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier on Thursday. Nussmeier held the same position at Washington from 2009 to 2011.
Petersen will likely give Washington an answer quickly and we should have a resolution to this most recent drama before the weekend. He’ll have to decide whether he finally wants to leave the small-market atmosphere in Boise for a higher profile job.