College football: Chris Petersen leaves Boise State for Washington

Chris Petersen, who coached at Boise State for eight seasons, will be the next football coach at the University of Washington.
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Chris Petersen, who coached at Boise State for eight seasons, will be the next football coach at the University of Washington.

After all the other schools that called over the years and were sent away, it was Washington that finally hooked Chris Petersen.

Petersen will be the Huskies’ football coach, making the decision to leave Boise State after eight seasons as the Broncos’ head coach.

Petersen was offered the job on Thursday night during a meeting with Washington athletic director Scott Woodward in Boise. After a night of sleep, Petersen called Friday morning to accept the position before meeting with his Boise State team.


He’s leaving after an unprecedented run of success at Boise: five conference titles, 92 victories, two Fiesta Bowl wins, and credit for putting the Broncos on a national stage for more than just its blue turf field and trick plays.

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‘‘Coach Petersen’s success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is the man himself,’’ Woodward said in a statement released by the school.

Petersen replaces Steve Sarkisian, who went 34-29 in five seasons at Washington before leaving earlier this week to take the job at Southern Cal. Petersen was 92-12 in his eight seasons at Boise State.

Petersen was expected to make $2.3 million next season and his contract with the Broncos called for a buyout of $750,000.

Poised Seminoles

One day after prosecutors in Florida announced Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston would not be charged with sexual assault, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher spoke of the redshirt freshman’s poise during the investigation. ‘‘He believed in the process, and he believed in himself, and he’s been the same guy,’’ Fisher said at a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., for Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. No. 1 Florida State takes on No. 20 Duke at Bank of America Stadium. Florida State played three games from the time news broke about the assault complaint until the time the case was closed. Winston completed 67 percent of his passes in those three games, all wins, for 829 yards, nine touchdowns, and one interception . . . As ludicrous as it might sound, the coaches for No. 3 Auburn and No. 5 Missouri have reason to fret just a bit entering Saturday’s SEC championship game in Atlanta. There’s always the chance of a letdown after victories as big as last weekend’s. ‘‘The challenge with emotional wins like that is you've got to put it behind you,’’ Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. ‘‘We’ve got to play our best game, play better than we did last week, to win the game.’’ On Friday, Auburn gave Malzahn a new six-year contract worth $3.85 million annually.

NIU falls in MAC title game


Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed No. 16 Northern Illinois, 47-27, in Detroit for the Mid-American Conference title, ending the Huskies’ shot at playing in a marquee bowl game. The loss by Northern Illinois (12-1) improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon being an at-large team in a BCS bowl game. Jordan Lynch ran for 126 yards and two TDs for the Huskies to break his own single-season record for yards rushing by a QB in major college football, but he didn’t take advantage of an opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters. The Falcons (10-3) won the MAC title for the first time since 1992 . . . A person familiar with the decision told the AP that Notre Dame plans to accept a bid to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 28.