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PRESS BOX: Washington hires Petersen as football coach

The SportsXchange

The University of Washington pulled off what several programs with more national cachet have not been able to accomplish in recent years -- lure Chris Petersen away from Boise State.

Petersen was announced as the Huskies' new head football coach on Friday, four days after Steve Sarkisian left Washington to take over Southern California's program.

Petersen, 49, compiled a 92-12 record in eight seasons at Boise State, and has been one of the hottest coaching commodities in college football the past few seasons. He has turned down numerous opportunities and reportedly pulled his name from consideration at USC before Sarkisian was hired Monday. But UW has a newly renovated stadium and afforded Petersen the opportunity to stay in the Northwest, where his wife, Barbara, and two sons reportedly prefer to live.

--- Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced that offensive lineman Marcus Hall will not start the Big Ten championship game against Michigan State on Saturday.

Meyer said the punishment stems from Hall's reaction after his ejection from last week's game against Michigan for his involvement in an altercation. As Hall was being escorted toward the locker room, he directed an obscene gesture toward the crowd.

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---The Chicago Blackhawks announced that they acquired forward Brandon Mashinter from the New York Rangers in a trade for forward Kyle Beach.

Mashinter will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. Mashinter, 25, has played six games with the New York Rangers this season.

Beach, 23, has 76 points (41 goals and 35 assists) in 169 AHL games with the IceHogs over six seasons.
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