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Hawaii trip no vacation for Petersen, Huskies

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By Tim Booth
Associated Press
Spending time on the islands during football season is not Washington coach Chris Petersenís idea of a vacation.
He learned the difficulty of taking a team to Hawaii when he was the head coach at Boise State and a trip to Oahu to face the Rainbow Warriors was a part of conference play.
Heís a fan of Hawaii, but not necessarily playing there.
ďGet off that plane and get that nice ocean air and it feels like vacation,Ē Petersen said. ďSo itís very easy to lose that mental edge and not be in tune to how itís going to be and how itís going to feel.
ďThen to play the game, little bit of time change, certainly the weather is different. Usually a little more humidity, sometimes some rain, always some sort of wind. After the game you have to get on that plane and get back here about eight in the morning, get ready for the next week, so thereís nothing easy about this trip at all.Ē
Petersen made the trip with Boise State three times and went 2-1. So his debut at Washington comes in familiar territory when the No. 25 Huskies face Hawaii on Saturday night.
This trip comes with the added intrigue of Petersen finally taking the jump and leaving the comfort he had with the Broncos to take on the challenge of coaching in the Pac-12. And while his first conference game is still a month away, the tenor for whatís to come can be set by how the Huskies play.
Hawaii is looking for any kind of positive buzz after last seasonís 1-11 stumble, a lack of interest around the program and concerns that budget shortfalls could eventually spell an end to the Warriors program. Hawaii is expecting a crowd of less than 30,000 for the opener.
ďItís a fun opportunity for us,Ē Hawaii coach Norm Chow said. ďItís a challenge for us and we would hope the fans would enjoy that.Ē
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