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Team: Washington Huskies
Age / DOB:  (53) / 10/13/1964

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Washington has not picked up a commitment in the 2018 class since August 7.
"That's not necessarily a bad thing," explain ESPN's Gerry Hamilton and Tom VanHaaren, "as the Huskies have 13 commitments in the class and most of the bigger targets that remain are planning to wait to make their decisions." Washington's current recruiting class ranks as ESPN's No. 22 for the 2018 cycle. We'll have a better idea just how they're shaping up to finish once the snow begins to fly. Oct 3 - 10:32 PM

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Washington HC Chris Petersen received a contract extension through January 31, 2024.

Petersen is expected to make $4.875 million on average through to the end of the extension, a raise off the $4 million he had previously been making. That new monetary mark will make him the highest-paid head coach in the Pac-12. During his three years at the helm of the Washington ship, Petersen's teams have gone 27-14. This past season, he led the team to a 13-0 record after felling Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Washington was then more/less shut out by Alabama in the Playoff. If they are to make another Playoff run, it might hinge on their ability to replace several key draft-bound contributors from the past season, including S Budda Baker, CB Sidney Jones, DL Elijah Qualls and WR John Ross.
Apr 11 - 4:51 PM

ESPN's Chris Low tagged Washington as having the least difficult 2017 nonconference schedule.

One of the constant refrains regarding Washington last season was that their schedule was decidedly soft. That ultimately did not prevent them from making the Playoff, but it might be a refrain that you hear again in 2017. On the nonconference slate for the coming campaign, the Huskies will square off with Rutgers (whom they annihilated last season), Montana and Fresno State. The Huskies will toughen up the nonconference slate with contests against Michigan and BYU in the future. For now, not so much.
Feb 12 - 2:00 PM

Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington were selected into the College Football Playoff.

The No. 1 Crimson Tide will face the No. 4 Huskies in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. On the same day, the No. 2 Tigers will take on the No. 3 Buckeyes in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. This year's spurned party is No. 5 Penn State, the Big Ten champion who beat Wisconsin 38-31 on Saturday and had a victory over Ohio State earlier this season. Michigan finished No. 6. This will be Alabama's third straight Playoff appearance, Clemson and Ohio State's second straight, and Washington's first.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 12:54:00 PM

The new College Football Playoff rankings list Washington at No. 4 and Michigan at No. 5.

Undefeated Alabama remains No. 1. Ohio State, which stayed No. 2 after its narrow victory over Michigan on Saturday, is followed in the rankings by Clemson. The Wolverines need some help to get in. They'll be watching conference title games this weekend featuring Alabama (SEC), Clemson (ACC) and Washington (Pac-12). The Big 10 title game, meanwhile, is between Wisconsin and Penn State, listed No. 6 and 7 in the CFB Playoff rankings.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 02:28:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that he felt "pretty confident" that Washington would be among the Playoff combatants if they win Friday's Pac-12 Championship game.

Predictably, Petersen was relatively mum on the Huskies' Playoff chances, saying only that he "feel[s] pretty good" and "pretty confident" that if Washington defeats Colorado on Friday, they will be one of four to head to the big New Year's Eve dance. "We’ve got a big hurdle there," Petersen said, "and if we can get over that hurdle, yeah."
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 04:49:00 PM

Washington and head coach Chris Petersen are in talks on a 10-year contract extension, according to beat writer Adam Jude.

Jude reports the contract is expected to make Petersen the highest paid coach in the Pac-12, which makes sense due to Washington being the clear top team in the conference in 2016. If the Huskies win out they will be in the College Football Playoff. Most know Petersen more for his trickeration and risk taking ways at Boise State, and he is building something one the west coast.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 09:07:00 AM

In the latest release of the CFB Playoff rankings, Nos. 1-4 were slotted as Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington.

Washington was spurned for Texas A&M in the initial Playoff rankings, but after the Aggies lost to Mississippi State on Saturday, the Huskies scooted up a spot. Ohio State is now nipping at their heels at No. 5, with CFP committee chairman Kirby Hocutt saying, "It was a small margin between No. 4 and No. 5." Elsewhere in the rankings, Louisville and Wisconsin have each moved up a slot and now sit at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Penn State also graduated two slots, bumping to No. 10.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 12:26:00 PM

Washington and Auburn have agreed to play in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff game on September 1, 2018.

Boise State played in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff game back in 2011, defeating Georgia in that contest. Manning the Broncos sideline at the time was future Washington HC Chris Petersen. Said Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan, "That was great exposure for Boise State, and Chris had a good time. I reached out to him at Pac-12 media days in Los Angeles in July and said, ‘Chris, we’d love to have a Pac-12 team come play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.'" This 2018 contest will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in Atlanta.
Source: SEC Country
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 01:37:00 PM

In the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25, Washington landed at No. 4.

This is just a slight move upward for the Huskies, who ranked fifth when last week's poll was released. Chris Petersen's crew earns the bump at the expense of Ohio State, with the just-deposed Buckeyes falling from No. 2 to No. 6. Louisville also received a bump from No. 7 to No. 5. Your top four now stand as Alabama (who received all but one first-place vote), Michigan (who received the other), Clemson and Washington. And one final polling note -- Penn State entered the proceedings at No. 24. This marks their first showing in the AP Top 25 since 2011.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 12:53:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen tried to minimize expectations for 2016 at Pac-12 Media Days.

"We have as much hype as the new Pokemon game that nobody knows nothing about," Petersen said. "That's us." Jokes about the latest app craze aside, he suggested that projections for double-digit wins, a Pac-12 title or even an underdog Playoff run might be a little sunny at this point. "I think it might be more work and harder to get over that hump than to get right [to the plateau]. We've been right there. But I think it's going to be harder to get over that. I don't think that's what a lot of people understand. I don't think people know how difficult that is." Last season, his squad finished the campaign with blowout wins over Oregon State and Washington State before closing matters with a 44-31 win over Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. They came away from the season sporting a 7-6 record. Athlon Sports tabbed the Huskies as the No. 11 team in the country back in May.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 03:03:00 PM

Washington hired former Cal HC Jeff Tedford to serve as a consultant.

Tedford won't be involved in the coaching of the players themselves, according to Huskies HC Chris Petersen, but will instead be involved with meetings and film study. Other roles for his consultancy figure to be defined in August. Tedford is Cal's all-time winningest coach and went 82-57 during his time with the Golden Bears. Most recently, he served as head coach for the B.C. Lions of the CFL. The Lions went just 7-11 and Tedford resigned in December. Now, onward to Washington. "What prompted this was he wanted to get back into college football," Petersen explained, "and there wasn't an opportunity out there for him this year to become a head coach or some other position like that and he knows a lot of guys on our staff." Indeed, Tedford and Petersen were both assistants with Oregon from 1998-2000.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 04:01:00 PM

Washington named interim AD Jennifer Cohen to the position permanently.

Cohen was named interim athletic director after Scott Woodward fled to take the AD job at Texas A&M in January. Interim no more. In a statement, university president Ana Mari Cauce said, "[Cohen's] years of experience leading its fundraising program, along with her direct involvement overseeing football, provide a strong foundation for assuming overall leadership for the department. This is the right time for her, and I look forward to a very exciting time for our students, coaches and fans of Husky athletics."
Wed, May 25, 2016 12:32:00 AM

ESPN's Ted Miller wrote that Washington "[doesn't have] a glaring area of weakness."

Miller pointed to back-to-back games against Stanford (home) and Oregon (road) on September 30 and October 8, respectively, as a prime test for the Huskies. Sophomore QB Jake Browning has already begun to garner very, very early talk as a potential dark horse Heisman candidate, while Washington's defense will be looking to back up a 2015 season in which they finished as a top-15 scoring unit. They surrendered an average of just 18.77 points per contest. It should be noted that for all the young buzz around Washington, they did not play like a top-25 team until the end of the season, when they reeled off blowout wins against Oregon State, Washington State and Southern Miss.
Sat, May 14, 2016 06:43:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen indicated that the team would name a new DL coach "soon."

Washington's looking to replace Jeff Choate, who had served as DL coach and special teams coordinator prior to taking the head coaching job at Montana State. With Choate's help, the Huskies boasted the 12th best scoring defense in the nation, right behind Michigan. They'll face Southern Miss in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 26. Expect news on the new DL coach to surface sometime this week.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:22:00 PM