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Despite vote, Petersen says he wants to play Mountain West teams

Former Boise State football coach and current Washington coach Chris Petersen said his vote in an ESPN.com poll about scheduling preferences for teams in the richest leagues was not a true representation of his feelings.

Petersen was among 30 coaches from the 65 Power 5 conference teams to express support for those teams only playing each other — a move that would leave Boise State without games against teams like Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Georgia. The Broncos defeated all of those teams while Petersen was head coach in Boise.

"I wouldn't do anything to keep those guys, so called, out of the mix," Petersen told reporters in Seattle on Saturday.

I wrote that Petersen's vote was disappointing and that without those opportunities against big-time opponents, Petersen might not have gotten the chance to coach at Washington. The Statesman requested a comment from Petersen on Thursday.

He responded today to Seattle-area media. Lars Hanson of 247Sports.com posted the video below. The question and Petersen's response starts at the 4-minute mark.

"I think I was misrepresented in that article over there in Boise. I wouldn’t do anything to try to keep Boise. First of all, I don't even know when I answered that question. I had a lot of questions coming at me and I didn't really know exactly what it meant. I think we are trying to get some parity in terms of scheduling in terms of the league games that we play so we are all on the same footing there. I think a Boise State, I don't know if they are in a quote power conference, but they are a power team. So I'm always a Boise State fan and I wouldn't do anything to keep those guys, so called, out of the mix," Petersen said.

He said he was in favor of playing teams from the Mountain West. Washington is scheduled to visit Boise State in 2015.

“I've been in that conference forever and I know the players and coaches that are in there so there's no question that we'd wanna play those guys and I know they wanna play us. There’s good players and that’s great competition," Petersen said.

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