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Coaching Changes Afoot at Washington as Brent Pease is Fired, Jeff Choate is Hired Away

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Defensive line coach Jeff Choate is headed to Bozeman to become the head coach of the Montana State Bobcats, while wide receivers coach Brent Pease is headed to the unemployment line.

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Washington's football staff got its first significant shake-up Friday since Chris Petersen's hiring in December 2013, as Petersen announced the firing of his wide receivers coach Brent Pease.

Pease's release comes as no great shock to outside observers of the Husky program, as Washington's passing attack ranked 11th in the conference in 2014 and 9th in 2015. Additionally, Petersen spoke freely this season in regard to his frustrations with the offense's inability to make plays happen, saying "It's frustrating because you feel like everything has to be just perfect for us to move the ball; to sustain things, all the boxes have to be checked."

On the defensive side of the ball, it was revealed today that Washington would be losing another position coach, albeit for a more positive reason.

Washington's defense has become one of the Pac-12's most feared units under defensive line coach Jeff Choate and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski's tutelage: Hau'oli Kikaha led the nation in sacks last year, with 19.0 to his name, and the Husky rushing defense ranked second and third in the conference in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

We'll have more news for you regarding Washington's coaching staff changes as it develops. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on the coaching changes in the poll below and in the comments.