A complete bombshell of news dropped on the shores of Lake Washington today where Washington Huskies head coach Chris Petersen is stepping down and Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Lake is taking over.
Press Release: Petersen To Step Down, Lake Named New Huskies' Head Coach
— Washington Football (@UW_Football) December 2, 2019
Breaking: Washington head coach Chris Petersen announces that he will step down following the Huskies' bowl game and assume an advisory role with the school.
— Sports ON Tap Seattle (@SONTSeattle) December 2, 2019
Many began to speculate that this could possibly be due to USC’s job opening but that doesn’t seem to be the case as Petersen will reportedly taking a advisory role at the school and will be retiring from coaching due to “burnout”.
Source close to #Washington's Chris Petersen tells me he has no health issues or family issues that caused the decision. The season wore on him, and he needs a chance to step away. His new administrative role should focus on leadership development for coaches and others.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 2, 2019
NEWS: Washington head coach Chris Petersen will step down after the bowl game, DC Jimmy Lake will take over as head coach
Petersen will "transition into a leadership advisory role for Husky Athletics."
— The Athletic CFB (@TheAthleticCFB) December 2, 2019
Peterson if really is done coaching had a hell of a coaching career:
Washington coach Chris Petersen is stepping down after the @UW_Football bowl game. He has a career record of 146-38 and his .793 winning percentage is 2nd among active FBS coaches.
He trails Clemson’s Dabo Swinney (.810) and is one spot ahead of Alabama’s Nick Saban (.786). pic.twitter.com/6ZF1dLK7Ee
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 2, 2019
New head coach Jimmy Lake’s contract details are starting to come out:
Jimmy Lake getting 5-year contract, beginning with annual guaranteed compensation of $3 million, as Chris Petersen's successor as Washington's football head coach, per MOU from school.
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) December 2, 2019