SEATTLE -- Chris Petersen said it was simply a gut feeling that it was time to take on a new challenge by leavingBoise State for Washington.
Petersen was introduced as the Huskies' new coach Monday at a news conference overlooking his new football home in Husky Stadium. Petersen said he's constantly been asked why he finally left Boise State after eight years as the Broncos head coach.
[+] EnlargeOtto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesChris Petersen, who was 92-12 in his eight seasons at Boise State, wanted to take on a new challenge as the coach at Washington. "It was time for that next step," he said.
The 49-year-old said it was a combination of timing and fit.
"It was time for that next step and next challenge," Petersen said.
Petersen was 92-12 at Boise State, including five conference titles and two Fiesta Bowl victories. Petersen will make $3.2 million in 2014 with a $200,000 increase each season, topping out at $4 million in 2018.
Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said Petersen was the only person who was offered the job.
"I think we paid coach Petersen market and we're going to be competitive in the market," Woodward said. Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press