Chris Petersen steps down as Washington head coach

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Chris Petersen produced the most shocking news of the postseason, stepping down as the Washington Huskies head coach. After six seasons with the Huskies, Petersen decided to move on, but a plan was already in place for his successor.

Defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will take over for Petersen, who compiled a 146-38 record at Boise State and Washington. The Huskies finished 7-5 this season, good for a sixth consecutive bowl appearance under Petersen.

In those six seasons, Washington made a College Football Playoff appearance, three consecutive New Years Six bowl games, and won two conference championships. Now, college football fans wonder what’s next for the Huskies and for Petersen’s future.

What’s next for Chris Petersen?

Speculation about Petersen’s future remains a hot topic, but he might be done coaching for good. Petersen’s young in the coaching world, but he’s not the first coach to step away from the game at this time in his career. Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer both stepped down in their early 50’s, and both were thriving. Things were different for Petersen, though.

Coming from Boise State, Petersen utilized a Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma to land the Washington job. The trick plays run by the Broncos led to one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Now, the master of the trick plays is done. Media members guess he’ll return in a year or two, but only he knows if that’s true.

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