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Chris Petersen, who bounced from Boise State to Washington after eight seasons, is finally on the brink of contending for a national championship.

Though he’s not quite there, with three big tests remaining on the No. 4 Huskies’ schedule, the school is reportedly preparing to make Petersen the Pac-12’s highest paid coach over as many as 10 years, per the Seattle Times.

“The athletic department is looking at “creative” options as part of Petersen’s overall compensation package. 

Money, however, is not Petersen’s primary motivation in getting an extension done. He wanted first to make known his commitment to UW — which should stifle speculation about him possibly leaving for another coaching job.”

According to the report, the deal likely won’t be completed until after the season.

Petersen led Boise State to a bowl appearance every year except his last, including the 2006 thriller (a 43-42 win over Oklahoma). Over two years at Washington, Peterson rattled off an 8-6 and 7-6 record, respectively. This season his team is 9-0 and currently ranked No. 4 overall by the College Football Playoff committee.

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