The Huskies finished 7-5, which was considered a disappointment relative to expectations he helped create with three New Year's Day bowl games over the previous four seasons.
I can't remember a more surprising move in Seattle sports. I thought the Huskies had hit the lottery with him, hiring that rarest breed of college coach who's incredibly good, stunningly effective and not bound and determined to job hop to increase his salary and/or his status.
The specific reasoning for Petersen's departure is unclear.
As a Huskies fan, I can't wait to see what Lake will do as the head coach and I'm intrigued at how the offense might change with Petersen no longer on the sidelines.
Prior to becoming the coach at Washington, Petersen was at Boise State from 2001-13, the first five seasons as offensive coordinator and the the last eight as head coach.
Petersen is the third notable coach to step down from a major Power Five program before age 60 over the last few seasons. He also led Washington to the College Football Playoff in 2016 and made three consecutive trips to a New Year's Six bowl game. Instead, it's losing him, and I'll close by saying thank you to Petersen for everything he did in rebuilding a program that had bottomed out under Tyrone Willingham and been uneven under Sarkisian. He became a starting strong safety in Cheney, was voted a team captain and claimed All-Big Sky Honorable Mention honors as a senior. "He's going to say something that's pretty intelligent".
"There is no one better suited to assume the reins of our program than Jimmy Lake", Cohen said. If Lake were to leave for another coaching job in college or professional football on or before January 31, 2022, he would owe Washington $6 million. Good god, why don't you go into banking and make money?' " Kramer said. He was the fifth-fastest coach to reach 100 wins.
But Lake immediately went into coaching, serving as a graduate assistant for EWU before coaching defensive backs (DBs) in Cheney from 2000-03.
He's not leaving to take a better job. Some of it is certainly the scrutiny that is trained not just on the coaches, but on the players.
Current Montana State coach Jeff Choate worked with Petersen, Lake and Kwiatkowski at UW, coaching the Husky linebackers in 2014-15. Lake was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2018. "It has been such a privilege to watch how he has been so committed to the development of our young men, not just on the field, but more importantly off".
"I can't think of someone better than Jimmy to take over this program", Petersen said in a release. "He is ready to take this step and I have full confidence that he will continue to build on the foundation that has been set here and he will elevate the program to new heights".