Dot...Dot...Dawg (New Skipper Edition)

Chris Petersen brings a 92-12 record as a head coach to Washington. - Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action."

And now for your consuming pleasure, some dots for you to pass the time until Coach Pete's introductory press conference at noon. (GoHuskies.com will carry video, but they don't have a link up at the moment. Here it is, on the university's channel on Pac-12.com.)

  • Less than four days after Steve Sarkisian left to L.A., Scott Woodward reeled in one of the biggest fish in college football in the form of Boise State's Chris Petersen by signing him to a five-year, $18 million contract. While some may balk at his high price tag, it's hard to imagine that many are going to find fault with hiring a coach with a 92-12 career record.

  • The Seattle Times' Adam Jude writes about how the Washington job has "always intrigued" Petersen, while Bud Withers examines how his addition to the conference coaching fraternity will affect the rest of the Pac-12.

  • Petersen's hiring has all sorts of national media types chiming in. Among them are ESPN's Ted Miller and Ivan Maisel, Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel, CBS' Bruce Feldman and the San Jose Mercury News' Jon Wilner.

  • The UW Department of Athletics put together a neat infographic detailing Petersen's career thus far, and Gregg Bell chimes in with his take on how Scott Woodward got one of college football's "ungettable" coaches.

  • Husky alumnus and ESPN broadcaster Brock Huard is a fan of Petersen's signing.

    • The Spark File got in touch with Boise State fan Andrew Stokeswho made a good primer of what Washington fans can expect to see from Petersen.

    • ESPN's Erik McKinney got the reactions ($) of several Washington recruits to Petersen being tapped as head coach.

    • Not everything about the day was great, though: Local 2015 four-star running back Austin Joyner decommitted from the Huskies, saying that he can't commit to a team whose coach he doesn't know. No doubt, one of Petersen's earliest efforts will be to establish a relationship with all of Washington's current committed players, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Joyner come back into the fold, especially since Petersen has more than a year to establish a relationship with him.

    • In a move that will shock absolutely no one, Austin Seferian-Jenkins has submitted his paperwork to the NFL draft evaluation committee. It's important to remember, however, that this is not the same thing as declaring for the upcoming draft (though it's still extremely likely that he does so).

    • ASJ also continues to make amends for his DUI incident last March, speaking to about 600 students at Ballard High School on Thursday afternoon about the dangers of drunk driving. ASJ wasn't court-ordered to do such an event, saying that he just thought it'd be the right thing to do. (And while I have no reason to doubt his motivations, there's no question that there's an obvious benefit to polishing up his image in advance of the NFL draft.)

    • I missed this for my previous dots, but the men's soccer team has advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. UPDATE: The soccer Dawgs got knocked out of the tournament after losing 1–0 to New Mexico. (Apparently staying up to date on soccer dots just isn't my forte.)

    Question of the Day

    Coach Petersen's hiring has generated largely rave reviews since news of it spread this morning, but there's never been a coaching transition that has gone entirely smoothly. What's your biggest concern for the future of the Washington football program, as it transitions into the Chris Petersen era?
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