With Petersen, UW should rise

Huskies well-positioned to contend in Pac-12 under their new head coach

Updated: December 7, 2013, 11:16 PM ET
By Rod Gilmore | ESPN Insider

Chris PetersenAP Photo/Otto KitsingerChris Petersen brings high-level player-development skills and a history of success to the Huskies.

The news that Chris Petersen is leaving Boise State for the University of Washington left me thinking two things:

1.  He finally did it!
2.  The Huskies are now poised for a big run.

As we all know, Petersen has been sought-after for several years by several programs, including Washington. But the timing and fit never seemed right. Family is first with him, and his children were too young to uproot; key staff members who he would have liked to have with him were at other programs and couldn't join him; the programs courting him had a flaw (i.e., stadium issues, salaries for assistants, weak rosters or difficult recruiting territory, etc.); and he was happy with Boise State's positioning with regard to its access to the BCS.

In short, Coach Pete (as he has affectionately been known in Boise) has a little Goldilocks in him -- the fit would have to be just right for him to leave. And many thought he'd never make a move because rarely is everything "just right" when taking over a program.

Well, close to everything is "just right" in Seattle, and with Petersen on board, the Huskies are poised to make a big run in the Pac-12.

Rod Gilmore

College Football analyst
Rod Gilmore serves as an ESPN studio analyst on SportsCenter and College Football Live, and provides commentary on ESPN's Friday night game telecasts. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider.