The day after Chris Petersen was formally hired by Washington, the Huskies will return to practice today in preparation for a bowl game. Petersen is scheduled to arrive in Seattle today. It’s unclear if . We’ll keep you posted
— Once again, our main story wrapping up the Huskies search, and how they wooed Petersen away.
— The AP’s final story on Petersen’s hire.
— From the Idaho Statesman: A sad day in Boise after Petersen left quickly and quietly.
“I’m from Washington, so I’m excited for him,” former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore told the Statesman. “I think it’s scary, the potential there, with what they have and now with Coach Pete. They have a lot of talent, new facilities, and now they have such a great leader with him.”
— The Statesman also identified three potential successors for Petersen in Boise: UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin and former Boise coach Dirk Koetter.
— Good insights from ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel on why the timing was right for Petersen to leave Boise. Maisel’s bullet points:
• The transition from the BCS to the College Football Playoff will make it more difficult for programs such as Boise State to reach the top of the sport.
• As he continued to stay at Boise State, and the Broncos continued to average 12 wins a season, a small program with limited resources strained to keep him. During Petersen’s tenure, Boise State expanded Bronco Stadium from 30,000 to 37,000 seats, which is still only the 84th biggest in the nation. Yet Petersen made $2.1 million this season, and the disparity between his salary and his environs gnawed at him.
• His older son Jack is now in college. His younger son Sam, whose health issues as a small boy helped keep Petersen in Boise, not only fully recovered, but will start high school next year. It’s a good time to make the transition.
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