The University of Washington has extended coach Chris Petersen's contract through the 2023 season and in the process is believed to have made him the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12, SI.comreported, citing an unidentified source.
Under the new deal, Petersen — 27-14 in three seasons in Seattle, with a conference title and College Football Playoff berth last season — will be paid an average of $4.875 million annually, up from the $4 million per year he was making.
According to SI.com, he is expected to surpassStanford coach David Shaw as the Pac-12's highest-paid coach. As a private school, Stanford's contracts aren't required to be made public, but Shaw’s last known salary was $4.06 million,reportedly from the 2014 calendar year. That figure included $700,000 in deferred compensation.
Washington's 12–2 season last year included a blowout victory over Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship followed by a CFP semifinal loss to Alabama in the Peach Bowl. The Huskies led the Pac-12 in total offense and total defense.
UW is expected to be favored to win the Pac-12 North in 2017 behind returning quarterback Jake Browning,who threw for 3,430 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2016.