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Chris Petersen resigns: Washington coach stepping down, follows path of Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer

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Chris Petersen is stepping down as the coach of Washington. Pic credit: UW Athletics/YouTube

Chris Petersen is walking away from college football, but why? The answer could be something as simple as he has had enough.

Petersen resigns

Players like Barry Sanders and Jim Brown have done it in the past, but now it seems college coaches are following suit. Chris Petersen stepping down as the head coach of the Washington Huskies may not have anything to do with the program – in fact, it doesn’t.

As reported by CBS Sports, the daily grind and demand for coaching a top program has claimed another victim.

Walking away from the game due to burn-out is occurring at an increasing rate. In 2017, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops walked away from a top-tier program, leaving fans and players puzzled.

Just last year, Urban Meyer stepped down from one of the best Ohio State teams he has ever coached. Both Stoops and Meyer cited burnout and fatigue from the day-to-day grind as one of the main reasons they chose to resign. Now Petersen is as well.

Petersen iconic coaching career

While Chris Petersen helped the Huskies to some great season during his time there, he also is credited with putting Boise State football on the map.

His 2006 season is still legendary. The Broncos finished 13-0 during the regular season that year and went on to upset Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

That season was a building block for the Broncos, who went on to have a great eight-year run. During the span, the Broncos posted a 92-12 record, winning nearly 90-percent of their games. That may never be duplicated.

The 55-year-old Petersen finished his career with a 146-38 record and will surely go down as one of the best coaches of his era.

Petersen’s defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will now take over the leadership role for the Huskies.

Joseph Karbousky has been freelance writing since 2010 and enjoys covering a wide variety of topics, with his main focus on college and professional sports.... read more
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