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Sport Opinion: Can you really blame Washington coach Chris Petersen for wanting to take a break?

01:16  03 december  2019
01:16  03 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Washington coach Chris Petersen greets fans on April 19 following Washington 's spring preview in Seattle. The team held an open practice and That's not quite true, of course. A few weeks back, during spring break , when the Washington Huskies' new football coach took his son sightseeing in

Huskies coach Chris Petersen and ProtectHER founder Alexis Jones at the UW football facility. Petersen was one of the first coaches to invite her onto campus to speak to his team. “So it’s like, time out: This is when we really need to talk to them and be in their face every day.

There's a long list of reasons why Chris Petersen has been a little bit different from most of his peers in coaching, but let’s start with a few of them. 

When he came out of relative obscurity to lead Boise State to one of the most memorable upsets in college football history over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, he didn’t jump at the next big opportunity. In fact, over and over again, Petersen turned down jobs that almost any other coach would have taken — not just middle-of-the-road power conference gigs but some really good ones. And when it was finally time to leave Boise State in 2013, having turned that program into one of the sport’s most identifiable brand names, he went to the place where he was going to feel the most comfortable, not where he would have the best chance of winning a national title or have the most resources at his disposal. 

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Washington Huskies head coach Chris Petersen is no exception. At today’s Pac-12 media day, Petersen was asked about the transfer portal, and his I really am. And what I mean by that is, I just believe that there’s a lot of hard things that we need to kind of work through to get good things at the

So perhaps none of us have been too surprised when Petersen stepped down Monday after his sixth season at Washington with an announcement that seemed to pop up out of nowhere — no leaks, no chatter within the coaching industry, no will-he-or-won’t-he drama. 

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“I’ll be a Husky for life, but now is the right time for me to step away from my head coaching duties and recharge,” Petersen said. 

The wording of that statement is almost certainly not an accident. When Petersen talks about a “recharge,” it’s fair to assume he’s not completely done coaching at age 55 but rather taking a break from the grind of a world with endless headaches, constant scrutiny and few days off. 

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And you know what? Given how miserable so many aspects of the coaching profession are these days and how much money these guys make, how can you really blame him for deciding it’s time to live a different life? 

Petersen is now the third high-profile coach in the last few years to walk away from a high-profile job without any pressure to leave. After 18 seasons at Oklahoma, it was important to Bob Stoops to get out while both he and his program were healthy so he woke up one day and handed the reins to Lincoln Riley. Then last year, Urban Meyer decided it was time to put a bow on his tenure at Ohio State, leaving behind a program that was primed for a possible national title run. 

Though all three of those decisions had different circumstances attached to them, they are connected by a changing paradigm in coaching. It used to be that most great coaches had Bear Bryant syndrome — a fear that the day they left the field, they’d be on a quick path to the grave just like Bryant, who died from a heart attack less than a month after coaching his final game at Alabama. 

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Washington football has signed coach Chris Petersen to a contract extension through the 2023 season. The deal gives Petersen what is believed to be the highest salary in the Pac-12.

Washington Coach Chris Petersen holds the Apple Cup trophy after beating Washington State Sochor was that way. Chris took a lot of the best things Jim had.” Years later, as an athletic director, Bellotti wanted to interview Petersen for the head coaching job at Oregon when Petersen was still

Chris Petersen wearing a hat: Chris Petersen says he will be taking time to recharge. © Troy Wayrynen, USA TODAY Sports Chris Petersen says he will be taking time to recharge.

But even though coaches love to coach and often don’t know anything else, the quality of life isn’t always spectacular these days because the actual coaching is only a fraction of the job. The rest is pandering to teenagers, sucking up to boosters, dealing with angry parents, fighting the transfer portal to hold a roster together and living in fear of a 3 a.m. phone call about a player getting in trouble. Heck, the Ole Miss coach lost his job this weekend largely because a 19-year-old kid did a dumb 19-year-old kid thing with a touchdown celebration that ended up costing his team the game. 

To be clear, there’s no reason to feel sorry for these guys. Pretty much anyone who gets a Power Five head coaching job these days is going to get a five-year contract worth at least than $10 million guaranteed that should set them up for life. Even for the bad coaches, the financial rewards of reaching that level are significant. For someone as successful as Petersen, there’s an opportunity for generational wealth. 

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Washington head coach Chris Petersen before an NCAA college football game, in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Sept. All that said, can you imagine ESPN pulling that kind of stunt — lining up three cupcakes on the sideline during a game — at, oh, Alabama?

Washington head coach Chris Petersen had to explain what a fullback was to his defense as they prepped for next opponent. The Washington Huskies will take on the Stanford Cardinal on Friday night in a matchup of Pac-12 As you can see, Petersen delivers the line in a half-joking tone, but

Which is all the more incentive for coaches who value their time and their sanity to do exactly what Petersen did on Monday and say after a disappointing 7-5 season that it’s time to take a break from the stress and the daily grind and just recharge the batteries. Wouldn’t we all love to be in a position to do that? 

The problem, of course, is that not everyone is Chris Petersen. A lot of coaches who would like to take a break won’t do it simply out of fear that they won’t be able to get back in, and certainly not into a job at the same level. With Petersen, there will be curiosity from every single big-time school that has a job opening over the next few years about whether he might be interested. 

Just like he was in leaving Boise State and going to Washington, you can bet Petersen is going to be both choosy and unpredictable, and his quality of life is going to be paramount in any decision he makes. Every coach in college football wishes they could be so lucky. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opinion: Can you really blame Washington coach Chris Petersen for wanting to take a break?

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