Washington to hire Boise State coach Chris Petersen

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Chris Petersen is expected to replace Steve Sarkisian at Washington.  (USATSI)
Chris Petersen is expected to replace Steve Sarkisian at Washington. (USATSI)

Washington will name Boise State coach Chris Petersen as its next head football coach, multiple sources confirmed to CBS. According to Jeremy Fowler, Petersen is signing a five-year deal and Bruce Feldman has confirmed Petersen will be paid $3.6 million annually, making him the highest paid coach in the Pac-12.

Feldman previously reported that the Broncos' coach was in the running for the position and interviewed with athletic director Scott Woodward on Thursday. Woodward also interviewed Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier earlier in the day.

The Huskies are looking to fill the job left vacant by Steve Sarkisian, who was introduced as USC's next head coach on Tuesday.

Petersen has turned down job offers on a seemingly annual basis, but reportedly believed that Washington was that elusive "right fit" with the right timing to make a move after eight years as Boise State's head coach.

Petersen won five conference titles and two BCS games, recording a 92-12 record with the Broncos.

"We wish Chris Petersen and his family all the best in their future endeavors," Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle said in a prepared statement. "Chris is an outstanding coach and role model, and we know he'll be successful at Washington. We have started a national search for our next head football coach at Boise State and will work tirelessly to find the perfect fit to continue the ascension of Bronco football."

Boise State has named associate head coach Bob Gregory its interim coach for the Broncos' bowl game.

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