The transcript of Chris Petersen‘s press conference today at UW:
(opening remarks) Thank you guys. I need to start by saying how honored and humbled and excited I am to be here, no question about it.
I want to thank President Young, Scott Woodward, Jennifer Cohen for making this process as smooth and as painless as possible. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that.
Before I move further I’d like to introduce my wife again. There’s no question — trust me on this — I would not be here and standing in front of you today, if it wasn’t for her. So my wife Barbara, thank you so much.
My boys will be here soon. I have one down in California, a college freshman, taking his finals today. The other one is in Boise getting ready for his finals. They’ll be over here soon.
I’d like to thank the people in Boise. So much of that place means so much to me. Our president over there — Bob Kustra — has transformed that university. Mark Coyle is an unbelievable athletic director, Curt Apsey has done tremendous things over there. The fans, Bronco Nation over there, and all the players. That place is truly special. I don’t want to go on too much more than that or I wouldn’t get through this press conference. But I appreciate those people so much.
When I grew up, I kinda grew up in the Don James era of college football. I was a young player, high school player and then through college and started my coaching career…and I admired this place for so long and what it was all about. Then, as my career went on, to come here and play in this place and to compete against the Huskies was always such a tremendous challenge…a lot of respect and always a tough task. I’m so excited to be here on the other side of the field and see what we can do.
People keep asking me, ‘Why now? You’ve been at Boise for so long now.’ Two things that keep coming to mind are timing and fit. It was just time. Every place kind of has a shelf life; sometimes it’s very short, sometimes it’s very long and sometimes it’s in-between. It was just time. We’d done some really good things there and for me to take the next step as a coach and as a teacher — as a person, to grow — I needed to take that next step out of that comfort zone there. And I think it’ll be good for Boise as well.
I think fit is so important. I’m a northwest guy; I’ve known this place forever. I’m so excited about the University. I’m excited about the conference. I think it’s as good and as tough of a conference as there is out there. I think there’s more parity in the Pac-12 now than I’ve ever seen, and I’m excited to compete in that conference.
I can’t thank all the people who helped me to get here, but I’ve had some tremendous mentors, starting with my college coach (at UC Davis), Jim Sochor, Bob Foster, Bob Bates, Paul Hackett, Tim Walsh, Mike Bellotti, Dan Hawkins — the guys that may have influenced me as much as anybody are the assistant coaches that I’ve gotten to work with that I’ve assisted or have been on my staff – those guys have been truly remarkable and have influenced me as much as maybe I’ve influenced them. And certainly the players. I’m standing in front of you today because of the wonderful players that I’ve had an opportunity to coach and be around. I think we know that; it’s always about the players.
I’m excited about this opportunity, this challenge. We’re going to play smart, fast, physical, and unified football – there’s no doubt about it. We’re going to recruit awesome kids here. We talk about taking young men and turning them into real men. I think there’s such a misperception out there about what a real man is. And that’s a passion of mine; to really get some guys straight on what a real man looks like and what he does and how he plays and how he conducts himself. We talk about recruiting OKGs — Our Kinda Guys — that are great character kids, awesome football players, interested in a world-class degree — all those things that really fit. And think one of the things we’ve done so well at Boise is all the things I’m talking about. We don’t just talk about ‘em, we be about them. Our players have bought into these concepts and have bought into the culture and have made it special. I can’t wait to start to implement some of those things around here.
I had a chance to meet the team the other day. I was so fired up I wanted to get after it right there with them. But we’ve got time for that down the road.
I think it’s all about the process. I think everything matters. I think no detail is too small. I think we’re always striving for perfection and then hopefully, at the end of the day, we settle into excellence. Everything we do is at a very high level. That we represent everybody in this room with tremendous integrity and class — not just our coaches but our players as well.
And really, at the end of the day, I cannot wait to win a game in this stadium.
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