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Team: Washington Huskies
Age / DOB:  (52) / 10/13/1964

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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. Jul 16 - 3:03 PM

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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.
Jul 15 - 4:01 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."
May 25 - 12:32 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.
May 14 - 6:43 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

Washington announced a two year contract extension for HC Chris Petersen.

Petersen signed a five year deal prior to the 2014 season. Usually the timing suggests that Petersen was being called by other schools, and Washington wanted to end those talks and lock in the head coach. Petersen will be paid $4 million for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, and a pay raise for his assistant coaches seems likely.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 01:50:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that he believes the Huskies are "going to get good" if they continue on their current path.

Washington's riding high after a 49-3 demolition of Arizona on Saturday, but Coach Pete's just looking for gradual improvement. He believes the team will reach its goals if it "can persist" and follow "the process." Typical coach speak, but Saturday's win was the most impressive of the season for Petersen and company. The Huskies sit at 4-4 and will finish out the 2015 campaign with contests against Utah (home), Arizona State (road), Oregon State (road) and Washington State (home) as they look to win at least two more games and secure a bowl bid.
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 04:14:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that No. 17 USC is "completely underrated in terms of rankings."

"[USC has] tremendous talent, they do a great job coaching them, and those kids show up," said Petersen, who also noted that the Trojans' use of scheme and tempo are among his worries for Thursday's contest. The Huskies head man also spoke at length about Stanford's upset of USC earlier this season. "I think Stanford just kept close and kept battling and were able to do that. Now, credit to Stanford to be able to do that." Washington has managed to hold opponents to an average of just 216.5 passing yards per game this season. That defense should be put to the test against Cody Kessler and company.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 08:26:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that while he hasn't begun scouting USC in advance of the Huskies' October 8 showdown, he knows that "they've got some guys."

Chris Petersen, man of understatement. Washington will be looking to slow down a USC team that's scored 40+ points in three of their four games (they were held to 31 by Stanford) behind the stellar work of QB Cody Kessler and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. While HC Petersen's defense has shown some promise this season, they were gouged for 342 passing yards by Cal standout Jared Goff in Saturday's tough 30-21 loss.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 03:22:00 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen likes his team this season, noting that he believes his players are "going to [grow] as the season goes on."

"We’ve got some good talent, and I’m just excited to watch these guys grow," said Petersen. He'll be facing off with his former team in Friday's season-opener against Boise State, but tried to downplay the significance of his return. When asked if it gave the Huskies an edge that some of Petersen's recruits remain on the Broncos, he responded by saying, "I don't think it’s a situation where we have this tremendous advantage because we know some of those kids. Our players have got to go play." He was also asked if he rolled out any blue turf at practice, but alas, this was not the case.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 05:12:00 PM

Boise State's Chris Petersen will be hired as Washington's next head coach, according to ESPN.

The move will take place on Friday and ESPN notes Petersen will become one of the highest paid coaches in the conference. The longtime Boise State head coach was listed among USC's targets, so we wonder if the Trojans ultimately chose Sarkisian over Petersen.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 10:38:00 AM

Boise State's Chris Petersen and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are the front-runners in Washington's coaching search, according to the Seattle Times' Adam Jude.

UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. turned down the job a few days ago. Nussmeier was scheduled to make $680,000 at Alabama this season, so this would obviously be a step up for him. Petersen has been listed on multiple lists for many years, but he might be the type that is content at his current home.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 12:44:00 PM

ESPN's Joe Schad reports Boise State head coach Chris Petersen has withdrawn from USC's coaching search.

Schad noted the two had "mutual interest." We think Petersen understands how great he has it at Boise State. There is very little pressure at Boise, and even though Petersen isn't having the same success on a national level, the Broncos continue to win year in and year out. James Franklin of Vanderbilt might be USC's leading candidate at the moment.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 11:14:00 AM

Boise State head coach Chris Petersen and Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin are USC's top two targets for the same position, according to ESPN's Joe Schad.

Schad adds the search could be finished by the middle of this week. "USC is prepared to make Orgeron the highest paid assistant and an associate head coach. He knew he lost the head job when he lost to UCLA," ESPN's Arash Markazi tweeted. Orgeron's chances at becoming the head coach in a full-time capacity faded after losing to UCLA this weekend.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 10:19:00 PM