BOISE -- Boise State University Head Coach Chris Petersen has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Washington according to UW officials.

Speculation had run rampant on Thursday when Petersen's name was announced as a contender for the post left vacant by former head coach Steve Sarkisian, who recently accepted a position at the University of Southern California.

KTVB's Sports Director Jay Tust reports that Washington Athletic Director Scott Woodward flew to Boise on Friday and held a 90 minute meeting with Petersen.

Boise State University released these written statements Friday morning thanking Petersen:

We wish Chris Petersen and his family all the best in their future endeavors, Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said. Chris is an outstanding coach and role model, and we know he ll be successful at Washington. We have started a national search for our next head football coach at Boise State and will work tirelessly to find the perfect fit to continue the ascension of Bronco football.

I know Bronco Nation joins me in thanking Chris Petersen for all he did to advance Boise State s football program over the past 13 years, Boise State President Bob Kustra said. He is not only a great coach but a great person and an asset to the community. We were lucky to have him at Boise State and Washington is lucky to get him. We wish Chris and Barbara the very best. Boise State fans, players and students know this program was built one brick at a time, with a succession of coaches who moved us to the next level. Our program has advanced steadily with an amazing amount of success through all those years, and we will be looking forward, not backward, making sure that we continue that success. Bronco Nation deserves no less.

Boise Mayor David Bieterreleased this statement:

I speak for all of Boise in wishing Coach Petersen and his family the best of luck on their new adventure. What is remarkable about Coach Pete s career is not simply the tremendous achievements his Broncos accomplished on the field; it is the dignity, the decency, and the class that he demonstrated in everything he did. He has been Boise s greatest ambassador. Coach Pete, wherever your spectacular career takes you, please know that you will be always be part of the Boise family.

Petersen ranks second among NCAA college football coaches in terms of career wins. He boasts a 92-12 record at Boise State since 2006, including wins in the Fiesta Bowl over Oklahoma in 2007 and TCU in 2010.

This 2013 season (8-4) has been the Broncos worst in Petersen s career at BSU.

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