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Chris Petersen leaves, slams Boise State in poll

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When former Broncos coach Chris Petersen left Boise in December 2013 to run the University of Washington's football program, he was the highest-paid government employee in Idaho--by a lot. Like, by almost $1 million more than the next highest-paid person (Boise State head basketball coach Leon Rice, who makes almost $439,000 a year). Washington nearly tripled Petersen's salary--to a reported $3.2 million--and it didn't take long for the longtime Boise State veteran to turn his nose up at his old team. In August, Petersen voted in an ESPN.com poll of 65 coaches to exclude the Broncos from playing teams from the Power 5 conferences. It was an informal survey, but ouch. Et tu, Coach Pete?

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