FOX Sports released its entire on-air roster of hosts, analysts and more on Thursday ahead of the start of the 2021 college football season this weekend. The list featured plenty of familiar names and faces, but also a few key additions that should make for an entertaining viewing experience.
Among that latter group, is former Boise State and Washington head coach Chris Petersen.
FOX revealed that Petersen will contribute to the company’s college football studio coverage during the upcoming 2021 season. Little else was revealed about his role, but it sounds like he’ll provide supplemental analysis to the FOX Sports studio shows before, during and after games.
The gig marks Petersen’s first major public foray back into college football after he stepped away from the Washington head coaching job after the 2019 season. At the time, he revealed that he did so due to stress and that he would assume a leadership advisory role with the athletics program.
Clearly, he has the itch to be around the game again and will now do so in a media capacity with FOX Sports.
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Petersen left the Huskies after a fairly underwhelming 8-5 season in 2019, but in the three years prior to that, led Washington to multiple 10-win seasons. The culmination came when the school made its first, and only, appearance in the College Football Playoff during the 2016-17 campaign. Washington ended the year with a loss in the semifinals to Alabama.
Before taking over for the Huskies, Petersen led the Boise State program for seven years. He continued to build the Broncos into a Group of Five powerhouse, which included two undefeated seasons and two Fiesta Bowl victories.
It remains to be seen what Petersen will be like as an in-studio analyst. With his impressive coaching résumé and clear knowledge of the game, he should be informative and insightful.