Sep 26, 2014 1:30 PM
SEATTLE (AP) - Under different circumstances, Washington coach and Yuba City native Chris Petersen would have already coached his first Pac-12 Conference game.
Following the 2010 season when Jim Harbaugh made the jump to the NFL, Stanford was in need of a head coach. And with Boise State at the height of its success under Petersen, it was a no-brainer for the Cardinal to reach out.
Stanford was not alone among big programs reaching out to speak with Petersen during his years of winning at Boise State. But it makes for an interesting subplot to Saturday's Pac-12 opener for the Huskies (4-0), who are hosting 16th-ranked Stanford (2-1, 0-1) in Petersen's first conference game.
Entertaining the idea of going to Stanford may have been the closest Petersen ever came to leaving Boise State before accepting the Washington job last December.
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