Washington coach Chris Petersen April Fools’ pranks players with new uniforms (Video)

Washington-uniforms-April-FoolsCompared to what we have grown used to, Tuesday was a very quiet April Fools’ Day across the sporting world. I don’t know if people are just less gullible these days or what, but we didn’t see that many pranks. Washington football coach Chris Petersen still managed to pull one over on his players.

Petersen gathered his team for a meeting and unveiled the Huskies’ new uniforms, which of course were a complete eyesore. They featured some cartoon sketch husky on the helmet and the block letter “W” plastered all over the pants. The best part had to be the word “DAWGS” written across the ass of the pants.

Some of the players initially laughed when the new threads were unveiled, but Petersen stuck with it. He was convincing enough that the room erupted with relief when he finally dropped his “April Fools’!” punchline. We applaud him for the effort. Those things were downright awful.

Video via Reddit
H/T College Football Talk

Boise State’s Chris Petersen named new head coach at Washington

Chris PetersenChris Petersen is the new head football coach at Washington, the school announced today.

Petersen replaces Steve Sarkisian, who left earlier this week to become the head coach at USC. Petersen also was a candidate for the USC job.

“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,” Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement on the school’s website. “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 compiled a 92-12 mark in eight seasons at Boise State, leading the Broncos to two unbeaten campaigns in 2006 and 2009. Boise State was 8-4 this season. One of those defeats was a 38-6 setback to Washington in the season opener.

Terms of his new deal were not announced.

Chris Petersen to interview for Washington Huskies job

Chris PetersenChris Petersen has been unwilling to leave Boise State despite being pursued for many head coaching jobs, but he is willing to interview for the current Washington Huskies vacancy.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported on Thursday that Petersen is scheduled to interview for the job on Friday. Washington also was scheduled to interview Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier on Thursday, McMurphy reports.

Huskies beat reporter for The Seattle Times Adam Jude confirmed that Petersen is scheduled to interview for the job on Friday.

This report is somewhat shocking. Petersen was the Boise State offensive coordinator from 2001-2005 and took over the head coaching position after Dan Hawkins left. He has gone 92-12 since taking over in the 2006 season, and he famously led the Broncos to a victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl by pulling out the Statue of Liberty play.

Petersen has been pursued for the USC and UCLA jobs on two occasions but elected to remain with Boise State. He declined every other offer to come his way. Coming off his worst season — an 8-4 year — will he finally be willing to move on?

Nussmeier could also be a strong possibility for the job. He was an offensive coordinator under Steve Sarkisian at Washington from 2009-2011 before going to Bama. Jude reports that Nussmeier has expressed interest in the job.

James Franklin, Chris Petersen reportedly top candidates for USC coaching job

James FranklinJames Franklin and Chris Petersen are two of the top candidates for the USC Trojans coaching vacancy, and the job could be filled as early as this week, according to a report.

ESPN’s Joe Schad reported the story and also says USC would like to try convincing current interim head coach Ed Orgeron to stay on as in some capacity. ESPN LA’s Arash Markazi says USC is prepared to make Orgeron the highest-paid assistant and an associate head coach.

Franklin is believed to be the top candidate and it’s easy to see why. He has led Vanderbilt to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1974-75. Vandy went 6-7 in his first season, 9-4 last year, and 8-4 this season. He is a high-energy, spirited coach much like Pete Carroll. And it’s pretty obvious that he can work wonders with a program.

Petersen has been the head coach at Boise State for eight seasons and has led the Broncos to a 92-12 record. He has rebuffed multiple offers in the past, but the USC job could be intriguing. He might also feel more open to leaving after a down season at Boise State (they’re 8-4).

CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman says he heard from sources that USC could make runs at the Harbaugh brothers. But Feldman believes USC is most intrigued by Petersen and Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, who was a Trojans assistant.

The Trojans were also believed to be interested in Kevin Sumlin, but he agreed to a big extension with Texas A&M.

Franklin certainly seems like the most viable candidate to me. Not only does he seem qualified for the position, but he’s at a school where moving to USC would be a clear upgrade. In other words, he might be more likely to accept the offer than some of the other candidates.

David Shaw, Chris Petersen Voted Alabama No. 2 in Coaches’ Poll

Many fans and critics were disappointed when it was announced that Alabama would rematch against LSU in the BCS National Championship Game. Critics believe that Bama already had their shot at LSU, and since they lost the regular season game, they don’t deserve a second chance to face them. However, 42 of the 59 coaches (71%) voting in the Coaches’ Poll disagree and voted Bama second in the country. Quite surprisingly, David Shaw and Chris Petersen were among the 42.

Shaw is the head coach of Stanford whose team is 11-1. The Cardinal started off the season 9-0 before losing to Oregon 53-30. Oregon lost its season opener to LSU 40-27, and LSU beat Bama 9-6, if you want to play the transitive game. Stanford has only beaten three ranked opponents, all of whom were ranked 20th or lower. Still, the Cardinal have arguably the best quarterback in the country, and they have some argument for playing in the National Championship Game. It’s surprising that Shaw is saying his team is not as good as Alabama, or not as qualified to face LSU. He did have his team ranked third ahead of Oklahoma State.

Petersen is the head coach of 11-1 Boise State, which has a similar argument for the title game. Boise State began the season 8-0 before losing to TCU 36-35 thanks to some more kicking problems. Their only win against a ranked opponent came in their season opener against Georgia at the Georgia Dome. They beat everyone they faced except TCU, and they’re also 11-1. Petersen ranked his team 5th, behind LSU, Bama, Oklahoma State, and Oregon.

Oklahoma State was the consensus No. 3 team in the country, though they were ranked fourth on five ballots and fifth on one. Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy changed his stance and believed his team deserved a shot in the title game. But given Gundy’s perspective last week, it’s not a huge surprise to see Shaw and Petersen also put Bama ahead of their own teams.

A few interesting notes about the voting (as published by USA Today):

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Dan Hawkins, Dirk Koetter Prove Chris Petersen Is Wise to Remain at Boise State

Dan Hawkins was fired Monday night as head coach at Colorado, two days after his team gave up 35 points in the 4th quarter blowing a 45-17 lead against Kansas. Many people feel the move was well overdue and that the Buffs delayed the firing because they couldn’t afford to buy out Hawkins’ contract earlier. The firing of Hawkins completes the cycle of failure for coaches following their departure from Boise State.

Hawkins was promoted to head coach at Boise State after serving as an assistant to Dirk Koetter who left for Arizona State. After going 8-4 in his first season, Hawkins had three straight one-loss years, going 12-1, 13-1, and 11-1 including a 2-1 record in bowl games. They went 9-4 in his final season in 2005 before he left for Colorado. In five seasons at Boise State, Hawkins was 53-11 with four conference titles, a 31-game conference winning streak, and three WAC Coach of the Year awards. Wanting a new challenge of bigger and better things, Hawkins moved on to Colorado taking over for Gary Barnett.

Hawkins’ tenure at Colorado was forgettable. The team went 19-39 in his four-plus years including a putrid 10-27 Big 12 record. The closest he came to a winning record was going 6-7 in his second season with the 7th loss coming in the bowl game. Prior to Hawkins leaving Boise State, it was Dirk Koetter who made the fatal move.

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