Chris Petersen steps down at Washington, Jimmy Lake named head coach

Chris Petersen on the sideline of a Washington Huskies' game

Chris Petersen on the sideline of a Washington Huskies' game

The Huskies won two conference championships over the past four seasons, and while this year was a disappointment, Washington had played in a premier bowl game each of the previous three seasons.

Chris Petersen's resignation is shocking for the UW Huskies. Petersen is 146-38 as a head coach.

Three of Petersen's former Boise State assistants now are Pac-12 head coaches: Lake, Jonathan Smith at Oregon State and Justin Wilcox at California. Petersen announced Monday he will step down as Washington's coach after the Huskies' bowl game.

When he lastly determined to leap to Washington in 2013, Petersen realized he wanted a brand new problem and Boise State wanted a brand new voice in cost. His Huskies just beat Washington State 31-13 Friday at Husky Stadium, the seventh consecutive Apple Cup win for UW.

Petersen, Lake and Cohen are schedule to talk at a information convention Tuesday.

"It has been a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution", Petersen said in a statement.

It's unclear why Petersen chose to step down, but Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported the coach's decision was not triggered by illness or an ulterior motive.

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"The football program and the Husky Athletics in general will continue to thrive, and will do so in the right way, with Jen Cohen's leadership and the University administration's commitment to excellence". He posted a 54-26 record and led the team to Pac-12 titles in 2016 and 2018.

In the release, Washington announced that Petersen would stay at the school in a leadership advisory role. Vacancies exist around the country, as programs change course and look to go in a new direction after the disappointment of a season gone counter to expectation. Jimmy is a great teacher of the game and his track record of developing young men both on and off the field speaks for itself.

And now after six seasons main the Huskies, 14 total as a head coach and greater than 30 years in teaching, Petersen has determined it's time to step away.

"He was always better than what was advertised and I'm sure he'll do the same thing as the head coach at the University of Washington". If it was, Jimmy Lake would have taken a head coach job a year or two ago. The SEC announced the fine Monday, two days after fans nearly completely covered the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium following the 11th-ranked Tigers' 48-45 win over No. 9 Alabama. UW lost 24-7 in the Peach Bowl to Alabama.

Fans also stormed the basketball court at Auburn Arena after an upset of Kentucky in 2016.

Because Johnson already has earned his degree, he could join another program as a graduate transfer and wouldn't have to sit out a year.

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