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Washington signs Chris Petersen to contract extension through 2023

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Washington head coach Chris Petersen shouts to his team in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Utah, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Washington won 31-24. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Washington has signed head football coach Chris Petersen to a contract extension that will keep him in Montlake through 2023, the university announced Tuesday.

Accoding to a Monday report from Sports Illustrated, the 52-year-old Petersen's newest extension adds three years to his contract with the school and bumps his average annual salary to $4.875 million per season (see full contract here), which would make him one of the ten highest-paid coaches in the nation. He also likely eclipsed Stanford's David Shaw as the top-paid coach in the Pac-12 (Stanford is a private institution and not required to disclose salary information).

"The University of Washington is such a special place, and it is a great fit for me and my family," Petersen said. "I am honored to work alongside such a talented staff, and this extension demonstrates the University's commitment to investing in a championship program."

Petersen came to Washington from Boise State in Dec. 2013, and has led the Huskies to a 27-14 record in his first three seasons, including UW's first conference championship since the 2000 last season. Petersen and the Huskies made their first ever appearance in the College Football Playoff semifinals last year.

Petersen has a 119-26 record overall, and is behind only Urban Meyer (85 percent) among active coaches with a 82 percent win percentage. He was the first two-time winner of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award, given annually to the national coach of the year.

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