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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.
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“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.