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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.

Washington loses touchdown on hands to face penalty (GIF)

Dexter Charles penaltyA personal foul penalty called in the second quarter cost the Washington Huskies a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins on Friday night, hurting the Huskies’ chances at a comeback.

Washington was down 27-7 and had the ball at the Bruins’ 38 when the penalty was called. Keith Price threw a touchdown pass on a 1st-and-10 play, but the touchdown was called back because of a hands to the face penalty called on left guard Dexter Charles. Not only was the TD erased, but the Huskies were pushed back 15 yards on the penalty. They ended up punting.

Washington made it a 10-point game at halftime and scored on their opening drive of the third quarter to make it 27-24, but without Keith Price, they were unable to make it closer.

I can’t help but think the game would have been a lot different if that penalty weren’t called. I certainly didn’t see a reason for a flag on the play.

UPDATE: The Pac-12 later apologized to Washington for getting the call wrong.

Washington brought a live tiger to practice in prep for LSU (Picture)

Washington has a big game coming up on Saturday at LSU, so coach Steve Sarkisian is going to great lengths to get his team prepared for the contest. The Huskies coach had a caged Bengal tiger at practice in order to get his team in the proper mindset to face the LSU Tigers.

According to Tacoma News Tribune writer Ryan Divish, the tiger’s name is Sheena and she’s 300 pounds and 16 months old. Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times adds that the tiger was brought in from Oregon.

Washington beat San Diego State 21-12 in their season-opener. LSU hammered North Texas 41-14 and is ranked No. 3 in the country. The Huskies will need all the motivation they can gather.

Photo via Curtis Crabtree
H/T SB Nation

Washington QB Keith Price Gives Smoke a Joint Signal to Receiver (Video)

When you think about quarterbacks changing plays at the line of scrimmage and signaling every which way with their hands, Peyton Manning is probably the first guy that comes to mind.  Manning and his receivers have countless different hand signals that they use depending on what Peyton sees in the defense when he steps to the line of scrimmage.  We may have missed it, but I don’t ever remember him flashing a sign at a receiver that looks like he’s taking a rip of a joint.  Washington quarterback Keith Price, however, does have that signal in his arsenal.  Check out the “smoke” signal Price gave to one of his receivers against Oregon last weekend.

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Huskies Coaches/Players Get Boner of the Week Award

Washington Arizona St Football**UPDATE** Video of the final touchdown is below The ending to the Washington/Arizona State game on Saturday night had to be nothing short of mind-numbing for Husky fans. To recap, with just under four minutes left, Eric Folk kicked a field goal to tie the game at 17. Arizona State got the ball back and drove just past midfield before seeing their drive stall with three straight incomplete passes. The Sun Devils decided to punt and they got a good one down to the 10 yard line leaving 1:17 left. At this point you figure Washington will do one of two things — either pass off the bat to try and move into field goal range or run the ball and settle for overtime. They decided to do a bit of both.

The Huskies handed the ball to Chris Polk twice in a row, setting up a 3rd and 1 with 27 seconds left. Considering they ran the ball on first and second down there’s no other conclusion to draw except that they had to be playing for overtime. But for some odd reason the Huskies decided to pass on 3rd and 1 and they threw an incompletion. On 4th down they punted to Arizona State which got the ball at midfield with 13 seconds left. The Sun Devils faced the same decision — take a shot down field or play for OT. They decided to go for broke and launched one past the Husky defense that completely blew the coverage, letting two receivers get behind them. Danny Sullivan completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Chris McGaha for the game-winner. 24-17, ballgame.

Besides running the prevent defense (that only prevents victory) and rushing only three guys on the final play, the call to pass on 3rd down won’t be forgotten by Washington fans. U-Dub’s coaches may have looked great against USC but either they or the players made some boneheaded plays in the final minute of this game. Wow.

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