Chris Petersen is building something that could soon become unprecedented at the University of Washington.
Not since Don James’ run of success in the old Pac-8 and Pac-10 conferences has Washington been on the verge of sustained, long-term success like it is now. Thanks to Petersen’s program-building efforts, the Huskies are a contender in the conference and in the national picture on a yearly basis.
That kind of success tends to cause some coaches to eye bigger programs with larger pockets. Willie Taggart bolted from Oregon after just one season for greener pastures and a more familiar home in Tallahassee, Fla., at Florida State.
But not Petersen.
"This is my fit. That's why I'm standing here at Washington," — Chris Petersen on if there has ever been a draw to consider coaching in the SEC. Again, I think it's fair to say Petersen is never leaving UW.
— Lars Hanson (@LarsHanson) April 20, 2018
The coach spent many years grinding at Boise State, taking a program from a smaller-school conference and growing it into one that could compete with the Goliaths of the college football world. One needs to look no further than the thrilling 2007 Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma to understand what Petersen’s work can do. The years that followed proved it was no fluke, and his hiring and subsequent performance at Washington has only bolstered his case.
His momentum continues to roll at Washington, as evidenced by Petersen’s 2018 recruiting class, which ranks 13th in the nation and second in the Pac-12, per 247Sports.
How far can Petersen take the Huskies? We’ll leave that up to the years ahead to find out.