Eight years and eight seasons. That is how long Chris Petersen served as the head coach for Boise State. Now head coach of the Washington Huskies, Petersen will be going back to Boise for the first since leaving.
At Boise State, Petersen complied a 92-12 record, with two unbeaten seasons in 2006 and 2009. He is also the only two-time winner of the Paul Bryant Award, also coming in 2006 and 2009. In December of 2013 it was announced that Petersen would become the new head coach for the Washington Huskies.
Petersen lead the Huskies to an 8-6 record in his first season as head coach and he is looking to improve this in the upcoming season. But the first game on the schedule has Petersen going back to a place he knows very well.
At the Pac-12 Media Day in California, Petersen talked about the upcoming game with Boise State and said he is ready to put the game behind him.
Petersen was asked about how he thought the game was going to be, he said that it would awkward and he used this phrase pretty consistently. Petersen has had long relationships with many members of the staff at Boise State, so it will be “different and awkward” as he said.
Along with having relationships with the staff, Petersen also recruited many of the players that will be on the opposing team. He says he hasn’t had much contact with them, and it will make it strange.
When asked if he had ever thought about having the game removed from the schedule, Petersen said that never crossed his mind.
“I thought that that would be kind of ridiculous and selfish,” he said. Petersen recognizes that the game means a lot to Boise State and it is great for college football.
The beloved former head coach is going to receive some kind of reception, good or bad, and that is to be seen. This doesn’t matter to Petersen though. He says that he and his team have more concerns than this anyway, they are worried about playing good football.
“It’s about players, about the game. Boise fans are Boise fans, all about the Broncos. It doesn’t really matter about me.”
Even though when Sep. 4 comes Petersen will be in the visitor’s locker room, a foreign place to him, he says it is just a visitors locker room.
Petersen’s game plan for this special match up is simple, prepare them well and play good football.
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