Sumary of Washington fires coach Jimmy Lake after less than 2 seasons:
- SEATTLE (AP) — When Chris Petersen suddenly decided to step away as football coach at Washington in the days after the 2019 Apple Cup, athletic director Jen Cohen believed the best replacement for the Huskies was already on staff.
- “I recognize that terminating a coach after 13 games is unusual and quite frankly it certainly goes against my belief as an administrator,” Cohen said.
- The last time Washington failed to qualify for a bowl game was 2009. Cohen said the school will honor the terms of Lake’s contract, which puts Washington on the hook for more than $9 million dollars.
- “I evaluated the football program like I evaluate every program at Washington, holistically,” Cohen said.
- Cohen said the suspension was separate from her decision to fire Lake, a decision she said was made in the past few days.
- Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory will serve as interim coach the remaining two games, including the Apple Cup rivalry against Washington State.
- Washington State (5-5) is 1-2 since Rolovich was fired — also less than two seasons into his tenure like Lake — and defensive coordinator Jake Dickert took over.
- Washington was the first head coaching job for Lake, who had grown into one of the most coveted assistants in the country while working for Petersen.