Washington hires Chris Petersen

Boise State's Chris Petersen was named coach at Washington on Friday.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed in Washington's news release announcing the hire, but according to ESPN sources the contract will make Petersen one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12.

"Coach Petersen's success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is the man himself," Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said in the statement. "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 met Thursday night with Woodward and senior associate AD Jennifer Cohen in Boise and signed an agreement on terms, ESPN sources said.

Petersen, 49, felt ready to leave because, according to a source, the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit.

Petersen has been connected to various openings over the past few years, including those at USC, UCLA and Stanford, but felt this was the best match. The California native has also worked in Idaho and Oregon and recruited those states as well as Washington.

The Huskies zeroed in on Petersen from the outset.

Once Woodward set quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo in place as interim coach, he turned his attention toward Petersen. A representative of Petersen's said the meeting Thursday night in Boise was "not an interview."

"Representatives from both sides spent all day Thursday working out the agreement," the source said.

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