‘I can not wait’: Eager Fisch set to take control of at
Pete Thamel, ESPNJan 14, 2024, 04:38 PM ET
Jedd Fisch is the next football coach at Washington, the school announced Sunday.Washington athletic director Troy Dannen engaged Fisch in a second interview this weekend and narrowed in on the former Arizona coach as the choice, sources said. He was the only prospect to emerge for a 2nd interview after a preliminary round of prospect contacts the wake of Kalen DeBoer’s exit for Alabama.Sources told ESPN that Arizona held a 6 p.m.
ET personnel conference and a 6:30 p.m. group conference, where Fisch revealed his departure to Washington. After his conferences with Arizona, Fisch and his household took a trip to Washington to meet the Huskies at around 11:30 p.m. ET, according to a source.Before boarding the airplane in Arizona, Fisch tape-recorded a video that Washington published on social media. He ended the video telling Huskies fans:” Let’s go get that champion we’ve been discussing. “Washington will hold an initial press conference with Fisch on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.”We wanted to move quickly but thoroughly, and sought out a coach who would build on our foundation, bring energy to the program, has a track record of success, is an elite employer and was somebody who boys wanted to play for,”Dannen stated in a press release.”We found all of those attributes and more in Jedd Fisch. It ended up being clear through our conversations that he shares our worths and our vision for UW Football, and he is the right coach at the right time.” Fisch’s deal at Washington is a seven-year contract with a yearly average of$7.75 million, sources told ESPN
, validating a report in The Athletic. The school revealed the hire in a social networks post at 7:20 p.m. ET.The buyout for Washington to draw out Fisch from Arizona is $5.5 million, sources said. That is less than half of the$ 12 million that Washington is due to
get from the departure of DeBoer to Alabama. “While we did not wish to see Coach Fisch leave and strove to keep him by continuing our investment in the football program, we wish him the best as he begins a new chapter in his profession,”Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke stated in a statement, adding that a nationwide search for a coach is underway.Editor’s Picks 2 Related”When it comes to next actions, we have a shared vision for the program and our student-athletes. Arizona Football is well placed for future success and championship excellence, and I am positive we will bring in a brand-new leader who will continue
the favorable trajectory of our nationally ranked football program.”Fisch emerged from the group of prospects for numerous factors, sources stated. He brings experience constructing a program in the Big 10, as he acted as Michigan’s offending coordinator in 2015 and 2016. He also worked as the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 under Pete Carroll, the NFL team’s long time coach who exited that position recently. Brennan Carroll, Pete’s child, is the offending planner and offensive line coach in Arizona.Fisch, 47, brings a wide variety of college and expert experience. He has actually been an offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars, the quarterbacks coach for the New England Patriots and a college offending coordinator for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan in addition to at Miami and UCLA.His finest work came this past season. Arizona finished on a seven-game winning streak, going 10-3 with a blowout of No. 12 Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl to cap the season.Quarterback Noah Fifita and wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan became 2 the top young skills in college football under Fisch. Their futures following his departure will be carefully viewed this week.Fisch’s capability to recruit at a high level and his understanding of hiring on the West Coast likewise stuck out to Washington brass.” The amazing success of the Huskies the last two
seasons demonstrates what UW is capable of,”Fisch stated in his introductory press release.”And I can not wait to complete for Big 10 and national championships with significant young men and an exceptional training staff that we will assemble.”ESPN senior writers Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg added to this report.