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Chris Petersen steps down as Washington head coach. Jimmy Lake takes over

The college football coaching carousel works in mysterious ways. Out of nowhere, Chris Petersen is no longer the head coach of the Washington Huskies.

Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake is now in charge.

Chris Petersen announced Monday that he will step down from his position as University of Washington head football coach following the Huskies’ bowl game. UW Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen has named current defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake the new head coach of the Huskies. Petersen will transition into a leadership advisory role for Husky Athletics.