Washington coach Chris Petersen did not mince words on Monday when he was asked by a report about the Huskies’ late kick off times so far this season.
The Huskies have not played a game before 5 p.m. PT this season and Petersen says that the late start times are not ideal for fans, players, coaches or the brand. Below is Petersen’s full answer to the question, “You have morning practices,, so how do you simulate late kickoffs?”
“Yeah. Yeah. Boy, we love being morning guys, too,” Petersen said, per Scout.com. “Maybe if we had to do it over, we’d practice at 7:45 at night, and let them sleep in in the morning and go to class and all that, I don’t know. That is the reality. And I just want to say something to our fans: we apologize for these late games.
And I’d also like to reiterate it has nothing to do with us or the administration. We want to play at 1 o’clock. It hurts us tremendously in terms of national exposure. No one wants to watch our game on the East Coast that late, and we all know it. We haven’t had a kickoff before 5 o’clock this season. And so it’s painful for our team, it’s painful for our administration and we know certainly the most important part is for our fans. It is what it is.
We only have five home games left, and we just really hope that the fans come out and have a good times with us watching college football. And so, that is hard. I don’t think we’re going to play any early games. We’re not counting on it. That is how it goes in our league.”
Petersen is familiar with unusual start times and with weekday games from his time at Boise State, so perhaps he is better equipped at dealing with the late kickoffs. However, as Petersen clearly states, it is not an ideal situation.
Petersen was asked if it was “important to raise your voice on this issue”, he responded by saying that he didn’t think anyone cared about his opinion.
“I don’t they even kind of care about my voice, or probably any of the coaches’ voices. I don’t think there is one coach out there, or probably school in the West that wants to play our games at late night and all of that. Everyone wants to play in the daytime. So it is what it is.”
Washington (5-0, 2-0) is currently ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll. The team will host California at 7: 45 p.m. PT on ESPN on Saturday.
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