Washington coaching search: Details emerge for contract offer to Jedd Fisch
Washington has reportedly come to terms with Arizona head coach Jedd Fisch.
Reports emerged on Sunday afternoon that UW was closing in on making Fisch the program’s next head coach. According to a report from The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, the Huskies offered Fisch a seven-year deal with an average annual salary of $7.75 million per year.
Fisch is coming in to replace Kalen DeBoer, who left earlier this weekend to take the head coaching job at Alabama. UW athletic director Troy Dannen reportedly made a significant push to keep DeBoer in Seattle, offering to double his more than $4 million-per-year salary.
Fisch was set to make $3.4 in 2024 with the Wildcats. The buyout in his contract is worth $5.5 million, per ESPN’s Pete Thamel, but that number will presumably be covered by the $12 million UW is receiving from DeBoer’s buyout.
Arizona went 10-3 this past season, and Fisch became a hot name on the coaching market as a result. The Wildcats were said to be working toward a significant contract extension for Fisch, but that was always going to be a difficult proposition when set against the backdrop of a significant financial crisis within the greater university.
The Arizona Daily Star’s Michael Lev reported on Sunday that Fisch’s raise at the UA would have put him around $5 million a year. The Wildcats couldn’t match.
Fisch has extensive NFL experience — he was an assistant on Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks staff in 2010 — and possesses a strong track record at the college level. He took over Arizona at a low point for the program and has rebuilt things in a relatively short amount of time.
The Wildcats went 0-5 in 2020 and then 1-11 in Fisch’s first season. This season, they went 10-3 and won the Alamo Bowl. The Wildcats were poised to be a possible top-10 team heading into the 2024 season.
At UW, Fisch will have another rebuilding job on his hands. Most of the pieces from this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship run are moving on.