ESPN: Petersen to interview with Washington on Friday

By Brian Murphy

Boise State football coach Chris Petersen will interview for the Washington job on Friday, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting. Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is interviewing on Thursday, McMurphy reported. Seattle Times reporter Adam Jude reported that he has confirmed Petersen’s interview.

Petersen and Nussmeier are the front-runners for the job, according to a report in the Seattle Times. The newspaper, citing sources, indicate that two have emerged in the search to replace Steve Sarkisian, who left Washington for USC earlier this week.

“We are fully committed to Coach Petersen remaining at Boise State and, as always, intend to do everything in our power to support him as Boise State’s football coach,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said in a statement to the Statesman on Thursday afternoon.

Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle is “unavailable,” according to Boise State.

Petersen was a candidate for the USC position as well. Multiple media outlets, including ESPN, CBS Sports and the Los Angeles Times, reported that Petersen withdrew from consideration for the USC job on Monday. Hours later, Sarkisian was hired.

The uncertainty did not stop the Broncos from landing a defensive end recruit from Montana. Will Dissly committed on Sunday. “Coach Petersen is a great guy. He has his head on straight. And I just wanted to be part of this program,” Dissly told the told the Idaho Statesman’s Chadd Cripe on Wednesday.

Petersen, who is 92-12 in eight seasons as Boise State’s head coach, is one of the most sought-after coaches in the country. He has spurned interest from several Pac-12 schools — including UCLA, Stanford and USC — to remain the Broncos’ head coach.

Boise State officials, including Petersen and athletic director Mark Coyle, have not spoken to the media this week despite requests. Coyle declined an interview request at Tuesday’s men’s basketball game.

UCLA coach Jim Mora appeared to be the Huskies’ first choice for the job, but Mora — a Washington alum — agreed to a six-year extension with the Bruins earlier this week.

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Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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