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Seattle Times: 'Chris Petersen Has a Little Mad Scientist in Him'

"He'll need to be a little more open. Petersen won’t charm you with his small talk, but at Boise State, he built a program that charmed on the national stage."

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Readers of The Seattle Times woke up this morning to columnist Jerry Brewer's attempt to deconstruct Chris Petersen.

Good luck with that.

Petersen will face Seattle media Monday, Dec. 9, when they'll get their first dose of Petersen's close-to-the-vest style, beginning his tenure as University of Washington's new head football coach.

"Petersen has a little mad scientist in him, and it worked amazingly at Boise State. He possesses an introverted style with the media and general public," writes Brewer. "Between Sunday and Friday, he runs the most boring program in the country. Then, on Saturday, you’re treated to an impressive show of creativity, toughness and triumph."

Brewer writes that Petersen "would be foolish to run his program in Seattle in the exact fashion that he ran things in Boise. He'll need to be a little more open. ... Petersen won’t charm you with his small talk, but at Boise State, he built a program that charmed on the national stage. ...Petersen isn’t likely to lead the Pac-12 in one-liners. That’s OK, though. Washington prefers Rose Bowls, anyway."

Meanwhile, Boise State's football squad held its first post-Petersen practice Dec. 7, under the watch of interim coach Bob Gregory.

Rumored frontrunners to replace Petersen include Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator (and former Boise State head football coach) Dirk Koetter, and University of Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. All three have previously worked in the Boise State football program.

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