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Washington Hires Boise State's Chris Petersen

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Washington has officially announced its decision to hire former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen after losing Steve Sarkisian to USC earlier in the week. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images.
Washington has officially announced its decision to hire former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen after losing Steve Sarkisian to USC earlier in the week. Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images.

The rumors have been spreading and now it's official. Washington announced Friday morning that Boise State coach Chris Petersen will replace Steve Sarkisian, who left the school earlier in the week for the head coach position at USC. 

"On behalf of the University of Washington and the entire Husky Nation, I am proud to welcome Chris Petersen as our new head football coach," UW athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. "Coach Petersen's success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is the man himself. His integrity, work ethic, and character make him an outstanding fit and leader of our student-athletes at UW. We are thrilled and proud to call Coach Petersen a Husky."

Petersen has proven his coaching ability with eight years of success at Boise State. His record over that time period is 92-12, which includes five conference titles and two BCS bowl game wins.

With the exception of the Broncos' 8-4 record this season, Petersen has led the team to at least 10 wins every season from 2006 to 2012. 

Petersen turns down job offers almost annually, but has said that Washington seems to be the "right fit." And although contract details have not been released yet, his "right fit" may include being one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12.

ESPN reported Peterson did interview for the USC job and cited differing philosophies between Petersen and athletic director Pat Haden as a reason nothing materialized.

With Sarkisian remaining in-conference, it amounts to a swap of Lane Kiffin for Petersen.