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07:38 AM ET 12.05 | Marques Tuiasosopo will wear the interim tag, but Washington will have to consider who takes over permanently. Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier appear to have emerged as the top targets in Washington's search for a new head coach, two sources with knowledge of UW's process told The Seattle Times. Petersen, 49, has a 92-12 record in his eighth season at Boise State, with victories in two BCS bowl games. He has been linked to a number of head-coaching jobs in recent years and reportedly was a top candidate at USC before withdrawing his name from consideration earlier this week. On Monday, USC hired Steve Sarkisian as its head coach, luring him away from UW after five seasons. Sarkisian was 34-29 with the Huskies, including an 8-4 record this season.

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December 5, 2013  07:49 AM ET

For Sasquatch?

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December 5, 2013  07:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

For Sasquatch?

Look no farther than Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey county, my friend. They abide in Ohio, too.

December 5, 2013  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Look no farther than Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey county, my friend. They abide in Ohio, too.

Funny how the sightings are at 2:30 am shortly after closing time.

December 5, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Once a yr for 3/4 yrs in a row we would rent cabins there the weekend before Memorial Day with 3 other families. Had a blast. Kids couldn't put up with me cuz I would always refer to the park as Pepper Spoon State Park.

December 5, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They abide in Ohio Statehouse, too.

FIFY

December 5, 2013  08:22 AM ET

What the hell Harley let's go for a Buckeye quad . . .


O H

December 5, 2013  08:36 AM ET
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Funny how the sightings are at 2:30 am shortly after closing time.

Things look a lot different ya know when viewed through the bottom of a beer bottle or shot glass.

December 5, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Not sure how plum coaches from anywhere else see UDub, especially the SEC. Sark was offensive coordinator with the Trojans before making the move. Not sure what job Petersem is waiting for, but would be quite surprised if it were Washington, especially if he said no to SC. Orgeron maybe? Seems as if there is a dark horse here somewhere.

December 5, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Peterson would be the right choice but what about coach O? Dude knows how to recruit, turn him loose in SoCal and watch him steal talent from SC.

December 5, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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Not sure how plum coaches from anywhere else see UDub, especially the SEC. Sark was offensive coordinator with the Trojans before making the move. Not sure what job Petersem is waiting for, but would be quite surprised if it were Washington, especially if he said no to SC. Orgeron maybe? Seems as if there is a dark horse here somewhere.

Petersen isnt taking the job...

I would think they would go with Nussmeir....

He was the OC their before going to the Gumps..

He is was the PacNorthWest

December 5, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Not sure how plum coaches from anywhere else see UDub, especially the SEC. Sark was offensive coordinator with the Trojans before making the move. Not sure what job Petersem is waiting for, but would be quite surprised if it were Washington, especially if he said no to SC. Orgeron maybe? Seems as if there is a dark horse here somewhere.

Didn't Pinkel work with Don James at UDub?

December 5, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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Didn't Pinkel work with Don James at UDub?

Is WA better than Mizzou? Pinkel's built that up nicely.

December 5, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Is WA better than Mizzou? Pinkel's built that up nicely.

Can't be. Not in the SEC.

December 5, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Is WA better than Mizzou? Pinkel's built that up nicely.

And I agree. Pinkel's done a damn good job there.

December 5, 2013  10:06 AM ET

I think Petersen's reasons for staying in Boise are wide and deep, with a bedrock of family concerns. His support at Boise State is pegging the meter. I don't think Petersen is going anywhere.

December 5, 2013  10:11 AM ET

This seems like a wish list, not a realistic list. I don't trust the Seattle media with any of this. Last time around, all you heard about was Mike Leach. Not a word about Sarkisian till he was hired.

December 5, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Didn't Pinkel work with Don James at UDub?

Pinkel did work under Don James at the U Dub...

December 5, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Is WA better than Mizzou? Pinkel's built that up nicely.

I don't see him jumping off that ship, at least not at this point, with the success of this season and with the East Div being as open as it is.

 
December 5, 2013  10:34 AM ET

Hmm, very interesting. I think that the Husky job would be to Chris Petersen's liking. IMO, he wouldn't have fit in at USC, he is a Pacific Northwest type of guy.

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