Marques Tuiasosopo, who led Washington to a bowl victory Friday over BYU, has accepted an offer from USC head coach Steve Sarkisian to coach the Trojans’ tight ends, according to sources who told the Seattle Times Sunday night.
The former QB great, who led the Huskies to a triumph in the 2001 Rose Bowl, reportedly had a similar offer from new UW coach Chris Petersen. Tuiasosopo initially stayed behind when Sarkisian bolted for USC two days after the Apple Cup. Tuiasosopo was hired a year ago from UCLA by Sarkisian to help mentor QB Keith Price.
USC is also expected Monday to announce the hiring of Justin Wilcox as defensive coordinator, according to the Times. He had the same job at Washington for two years under Sarkisian.
Wilcox, who reportedly was the Pac-12’s highest-paid assistant at $800,000 a year, also stayed on to coach in the bowl game, but only after he lost out in his bid to fill the head-coaching vacancy created by Petersen’s departure from Boise State.
Petersen is expected to announce his UW coaching staff early this week.