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12-06-2013, 01:58 PM

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.

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Boise State's Chris Petersen was named coach at Washington on Friday and, according to sources, will be 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 on Thursday 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 Boise State because, according to a source, the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit.

"I know Bronco Nation joins me in thanking Chris Petersen for all he did to advance Boise State's football program over the past 13 years," Boise State president Bob Kustra said. "He is not only a great coach but a great person and an asset to the community. We were lucky to have him at Boise State, and Washington is lucky to get him."

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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Petersen pursued the USC job and met with athletic director Pat Haden in Boise on Sunday morning. But Haden decided to hire Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, setting in motion Petersen's move to Seattle.

Petersen won 89 percent of his games (92-12) in his eight seasons as Broncos coach, including five conference titles and two BCS wins. He was a candidate for the Huskies job in 2009 before Washington went with Sarkisian, who was then USC's offensive coordinator.

Boise State slipped to an 8-4 mark this season, including a 38-6 loss to the Huskies in the opener for both teams.

Washington was to interview Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier earlier Thursday, a source said.

Nussmeier was the offensive coordinator at Washington under Sarkisian from 2009 to 2011 before being lured away by Nick Saban. In Nussmeier's two seasons at Alabama, the Crimson Tide have averaged almost 39 points a game.

On Thursday, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel withdrew his name from consideration. The former Washington assistant told "Mike and Mike" on ESPN Radio, "I'm a Missouri Tiger, and I'm going to stay a Missouri Tiger."

Information from ESPN's Joe Schad and Brett McMurphy,'s Ivan Maisel and Ted Miller and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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