December 07, 2013
By Jeremy M. Evans, Esq.
Petersen or Cano? On Thursday and Friday this week, The University of Washington Huskies football program hired Chris Petersen away from cross-state rival, the Boise State Broncos (the team with the blue turf), while the Seattle Mariners in Major League Baseball signed second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10 year, $240 million dollar contract.
In looking at the respective stats for each, we can see that Coach Petersen had tremendous success in coaching the Broncos to multiple Mountain West Conference titles and two BCS Bowl wins. Petersen has shown recruiting ability in multiple states, including Idaho, Washington, and California, the later two traditional hot beds for football talent, and he has shown his teams can compete against top Division One programs. Petersen has also shown some serious restraint and wisdom, maybe, in not taking the UCLA and USC coaching jobs when presented, USC this year and UCLA before hiring Jim Mora, removing himself from both processes. Stanford was also in the mix at one point. Only he and the respective party’s involved know why he turned down the opportunities. In the end, Petersen chose to stay close to his home base in the northwest signing a 5 year, $18 million dollar contract of guaranteed money.
February 06, 2014 @ 6:00pm
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