One of Washington's most well-known boosters thinks the Huskies hired the right coach.
Ron Crockett, president of Emerald Downs race track in Auburn, Wash., and a long-time donor to UW, said Friday that he "couldn't be more pleased" with the hire of Chris Petersen as football coach.
"I can’t think of a person who’s part of the program who would say this is a bad hire," Crockett said via telephone.
"From what I know of him and his abilities as a coach and the kind of person he is, I think he’s a great fit here."
Crockett, who was a member of the Husky Stadium Advisory Committee, said he, along with a handful of others, received an email this morning announcing the hire. Each response back to it was positive, he said.
Crockett said he was disappointed to see Steve Sarkisian leave Washington, and that "I wish him all the success down there" at USC.
Petersen, he said, was at the top of his wish-list as a replacement.
"At the outset, I believed I knew all of those various people that would be considered and of the list of names I was aware of, his name would have been at the top," Crockett said. "It might be a little unfair to say that since I don’t really know him, but you tend to get to know these coaches just by virtue of watching games and reading about them.
"The turnover in this business to me seems to be too often. Hopefully we have him or a number of years now."