The former coach of Boise State Lake in Washington; Acting Gregory

Washington fired football coach Jimmy Lake six days after suspending him for a game due to an altercation with a player, the university announced on Sunday.

Lake, who coached defensive backs at Boise State in 2012 and 2013, was 7-6 in two seasons as Washington head coach. The Huskies were limited to four games due to COVID-19 last season, and they are 3-4 in the Pac-12 game this fall.

Lake was suspended for Washington’s 35-30 loss to Arizona State Saturday, after a physical altercation on the sidelines with linebacker Ruperake Fuavai, was filmed in the Huskies’ loss to Oregon on Nov. 6. The university announced its suspension last Monday.

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Washington head coach Jimmy Lake leaves the field after the Huskies fell to Oregon, 26-16, in a Pac-12 game at Husky Stadium in Seattle. Pete Caster [email protected]

“It’s difficult to change a head coach in any sport knowing that the decision impacts coaches, staff, student-athletes and their families,” said the Washington athletic director, Jennifer Cohen, in a statement Sunday. “However, as the steward of UW Athletics, I must always act in the best interests of our student-athletes, our department and our university.

“No one wanted Jimmy to be more successful than me when I hired him in 2019, but ultimately this change is needed for a variety of reasons, both on and off the pitch. I am grateful for Jimmy’s service in Washington, and we wish him the best of luck moving forward.

Linebacker coach Bob Gregory, who was Washington’s interim head coach on Saturday, will assume the same role for the remainder of the season. He was Boise State’s defensive coordinator in 2001 and returned as a linebacker coach from 2010 to 2013. He was also interim head coach of the Broncos for the Hawaii Bowl following the departure of former Boise State coach Chris Petersen. for Washington in 2013.

Lake took over in Washington after Petersen resigned following the 2019 season, which ended with the Huskies winning over the Broncos at the Las Vegas Bowl. He followed Petersen to Washington as defensive backs coach in 2014 and spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons as defensive coordinator.

Washington (4-6) has just suffered back-to-back losses to the Pac-12 teams, including a 26-16 loss to Oregon on November 6. The Huskies opened the season with a 13-7 loss to Montana – a program that competes at the FCS level. They’re on the road in Colorado on Saturday.

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Ron Counts is the author of Boise State football beats for the Idaho Statesman. He is originally from Virginia and spent three years covering the University of Virginia before joining the Statesman.

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