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--- Our story today takes a closer look at what goes into a coach's chart, like the one Chris Petersen referenced after the Huskies' loss at Arizona. A snippet:
SEATTLE — When it comes to late-game clock management, Oregon State coach Mike Riley isn’t much different from Chris Petersen and most others in college football.
He consults the almighty.
“You’ve probably heard of the chart,” Riley starts, and oh, how we’ve heard of the chart.
It’s become a topic of consternation and debate this week around the University of Washington, after a late fumble cost the Huskies in a 27-26 loss at Arizona last week.
Should Petersen, the Huskies’ coach, have instructed quarterback Cyler Miles to take a knee instead of handing the ball to running back Deontae Cooper with 1:33 to play? No, Petersen said, because the chart said otherwise.
Ah, the chart. Petersen is facing perhaps the most harsh criticism of his nine-year coaching career this week for adhering so strictly to it, but the truth is that the chart is a guiding principle for most every college football coach.