What does Chris Petersen to Washington mean to the Pac-12 as a whole?
Ever since Chris Petersen became a name on the national coaching scene with Boise State's roller-coaster win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, 17 head coaches were hired and fired in the Pac-12. Only Oregon State and Utah (who, obviously, only became a Pac-12 school very recently) have employed the same head coach for that entire span, and only Arizona and Cal have only experienced one coaching change since the end of the 2006 season.
The other eight Pac-12 schools have now changed head coaches twice over the past seven seasons.
In fact, there have been 17 head coaches hired between Boise State's Fiesta Bowl win and Petersen's departure for Seattle. Some hires were program-changing grand slams, like Chip Kelly at Oregon and the combination of Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw at Stanford, and others were Lane Kiffin.
Sidebar: Why would Petersen take the Washington job, and why now? In many ways, Washington is Boise State on a BCS stage and green turf. It boasts USC resources with UCLA expectations. And maybe after experiencing a quote-unquote 19-6 downturn over the past two seasons - after going an unthinkable 50-3 from 2008-11 - Petersen realized he'd taken Boise State as far as he could and was ready for a new challenge.
Debate all you want on whether USC or Washington got the better upgrade, but larger point is this conference just upgraded from Kiffin to Petersen. A coach who managed to turn a preseason No. 1 ranking into a 7-6 finish was essentially traded for a coach with 92 wins over the past eight seasons.
Suddenly, a conference that enjoyed a fantastically competitive season in 2013 has only gotten stronger.
Have seen estimates of $1B being invested in athletics infrastructure in the Pac-12…I think the real number is far larger.— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 6, 2013
Does the Pac 12 have a better overall roster of coaches now than the SEC? Probably not, but it's getting awfully close.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 6, 2013
With Chris Petersen into the Pac-12, league coaches have a combined career D1 winning percentage of .631. SEC coaches at .687.— Daniel Berk (@DSBerk) December 6, 2013
Let's take a quick look at the top line of each Pac-12 head coach's résumé, in order of tenure:
Mike Riley, Oregon State: Winningest coach in school history. Accumulated eight bowl trips at the same school that suffered through nearly 30 consecutive losing seasons. Twice came within one win of the Rose Bowl.
Kyle Whittingham, Utah: Guided an undefeated season, including a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and a No. 2 AP final ranking, in 2008.
David Shaw, Stanford: 33-6 overall record. Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Led Stanford to its first Rose Bowl win in 40 years, a win away from back-to-back Pac-12 championships.
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona: Came within a game of playing for the 2007 national championship. Won two Big East titles at West Virginia. 135-94-2 as a head coach.
Jim Mora, UCLA: Led UCLA to within one win of the Rose Bowl a year ago. 18-8 in two seasons in Westwood.
Todd Graham, Arizona State: Has Arizona State within one win of its first Rose Bowl trip since the 1996 season. Won or shared four conference/division championships in eight seasons as a head coach.
Mike Leach, Washington State: Engineered 11 bowl appearances in 12 seasons as a head coach. Pushed Texas Tech to a No. 2 national ranking in 2008.
Sonny Dykes, California: Went 17-8 over his final two seasons at Louisiana Tech, including a 2011 WAC title.
Mark Helfrich, Oregon: 10-2 in his first season as a head coach, keeping alive an FBS-best streak of five consecutive seasons with at least 10 regular-season wins.
Mike MacIntyre, Colorado: Posted a 10-2 season and a No. 21 final ranking at San Jose State, arguably the best season in Spartans history.
Steve Sarkisian, USC: Inherited an 0-12 team at Washington and produced a bowl win two seasons later. Won eight games at Washington, which is harder than you think according to Pat Haden.
Chris Petersen, Washington: Two undefeated seasons. Two Fiesta Bowl wins. Four top-10 finishes. Five conference championships. At Boise State.
Make no mistake, the Pac-12 is college football's newest mega-power and the closest thing to a worthy challenger the SEC will face on its continued fight to retain the throne of college football.
The Houston Texans have dismissed Gary Kubiak
The first coaching casualty of the 2013 NFL season was announced on Friday, and it's Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans.
Gary Kubiak has left the #Texans facility. Source said he has informed others he is no longer the team’s coach.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 6, 2013
Following Thursday night's 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team's 11th straight, the Texans announced Friday afternoon it would soon begin the search for the third. head coach in franchise history.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Kubiak took over for Dom Capers, the franchise's inaugural head coach, before the 2006 season and led the club to a 61-64 record in nearly eight complete seasons. Kubiak guided the Texans to a combined 22-10 mark over the 2011-12 seasons with back-to-back trips to the AFC Divisional playoffs - including the city of Houston's first NFL playoffs win since 1991.
Houston was picked by many before this season as an AFC favorite and got off to a 2-0 start this fall, but subsequently lost its next 11 games. Counting a 1-3 finish to the 2012 regular season, the Texans are 3-14 in their last 17 regular season games. If the season ended today, Houston would have the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
As always, we'll have more updates as they become available.
Video: Michigan State makes their case for Pat Narduzzi to win the Broyles Award
As if leading in basically every major defensive category isn't enough, Michigan State has released this video hyping Pat Narduzzi for the Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.
We've all seen the pre game hype videos out in full force the entire season, but how about a University getting behind their coordinator like this though? Excellent move by the guys in East Lansing with this one.
No word yet on if influencing the past winners of the FootballScoop Coach of the Year awards was also part of the reason for releasing this.
Chris Petersen - New head coach at Washington
One of the most wildly successful coaches of the past decade has decided that the timing and situation is right for him to move on.
Boise State's Chris Petersen, who compiled a 92-12 record as the head coach of the Broncos, is expected to accept the head coaching job at Washington today, according to a report from Joe Schad (and we have confirmed as well).
Multiple reports state that Petersen's contract will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the Pac-12.
At Boise, Petersen won nearly 90% of his games, and went 5-2 in bowl games, including an undefeated season and first ever BCS bowl berth in Boise history in his first year as a head coach. That was the year that the Bronco's captivated the attention of the nation when they beat Oklahoma in a thriller using the hook and ladder, and statue of Liberty in a game that will be remembered forever.
Ever since that first season, Petersen's Bronco's have played spoiler in more games than we care to count, and have been considered a major power among the non-automatic qualifiers.
It seems like his name popped up for every vacant head coaching job since that memorable 2006 season, and according to Schad, Petersen just felt that the timing and situation was perfect for him to make his move in this situation.
As soon as Petersen steps to the podium to formally accept the job, winning games in the Pac-12 officially gets a whole lot harder.
As always, we'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Chris Petersen expected to be named Washington head coach today. Will be one of highest paid in PAC-12.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 6, 2013
Chris Petersen is ready for a new challenge and views the professional and family timing and UW destination as the perfect next step— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 6, 2013
I spoke w multiple Pac-12 North coaches past few days. Each of them felt Petersen was best hire UW could make. Each hoped it didn't happen— FootballScoop Staff (@footballscoop) December 6, 2013
Throwback mic'd up video: Sark at USC in 2008
Long before nearly every program in the country was mic'ing up their coaches, USC put a mic on Steve Sarkisian during their 2008 spring game when their roster was full of studs like Mark Sanchez, Patrick Turner, Ronald Johnson, and CJ Gable.
It would turn out to be Sark's last full season with the Trojans before taking the Washington job, so this is a great look at what this season will look like with Sark back on the sidelines in the Coliseum.
Baylor's hype video for Saturday: 'Case Closed'
Baylor will turn out the lights - literally - on Floyd Casey Stadium after 63 years at the stadium. The Bears close out its home since 1950 in epic fashion, with the ninth-ranked home team taking on 25th-ranked Texas with a shot at Baylor's first conference title - shared or outright, depending on what happens earlier in the day in Stillwater - as Big 12 members.
After the game, eight Baylor luminaries will literally turn off the eight light structures illuminating Floyd Casey Stadium.
Light duty at Floyd Casey on Sat: Gale Galloway, Don Trull, Jay Allison, Bruce Davis, Grant Teaff, Cyril Richardson, Ken Starr, Art Briles.— David Ubben (@davidubben) December 5, 2013
It all adds up to what shapes up to be a truly once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere in Waco on Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX).
Friday TV - MAC title game
The definition of MACtion takes place tonight with the MAC title on the line. Bowling Green and Northern Illinois are in for a slugfest.
Easter time listed.
Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois - 8 - ESPN2
Kabam! Cal has sold the naming rights to Memorial Stadium
California has sold the naming rights to freshly-renovated Memorial Stadium to Kabam Field, named after Silicon Valley-based gaming company Kabam.
Among Kabam's more popular titles are Kingdoms of Camelot and The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age. Yep, sounds perfect for Cal.
For a price of $18 million over 15 years, you'll see this logo at both 25-yard lines and signage at the 50.
Kabam, of whom three of its four founders happen to be Cal graduates, will also contribute to the university in the form of library donations, a scholarship program, internships and, of course, an interactive gaming zone at the stadium.
Selling naming rights to the 90-year old structure is actually a significant development historically in college football. The home of the Golden Bears will no longer be one of the near dozen Memorial Stadiums in FBS, as Cal join the likes of ever-growing list of programs that has sold naming rights to its stadium.
Not including schools that borrow time in an NFL stadium (Miami, Pittsburgh, South Florida, etc.), we count 11 schools that have sold naming rights to their football stadium: Akron (Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium), Arkansas State (Liberty Bank Stadium), Central Florida (Bright House Networks Stadium), Louisville (Papa John's Cardinal Stadium), Minnesota (TCF Bank Stadium), North Texas (Apogee Stadium), Rutgers (High Point Solutions Stadium), Syracuse (Carrier Dome), Texas Tech (Jones AT&T Stadium), Wake Forest (BB&T Field) and Western Kentucky (Houchens Industries-LT Smith Stadium).