Dec 3, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Steve Sarkisian (second from right) with Southern California Trojans president C.L. Max Nikias (right) and wife Stephanie Sarkisian (second from left) and daughter Taylor Sarkisian at a press conference to announce his hiring as Southern California Trojans football coach at John McKay Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC to Hire Justin Wilcox As Defensive Coordinator

It looks like Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox will follow Steve Sarkisian to Los Angeles after all, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.

Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is expected to be named USC’s new DC after the Huskies play in the Fight Hunger Bowl Friday night, a source told CBS. Wilcox will re-unite in Los Angeles with new Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian and several other former U-Dub staffers who have made the transition over to USC.

Wilcox was rumored to join the staff at USC almost as soon as the Trojan’s picked Sarkisian as their new head coach on December 2nd. The move looked in doubt as the month wore on, however, with Wilcox’s pursuit of the Boise State head coaching position and a rumored $1 million buyout created sizable hurdles.

Boise State ultimately went with Arkansas State’s Bryan Harsin and USC presumably decided that Wilcox was worth the price of moving away from Clancy Pendergast.

Wilcox has been the defensive coordinator at Washington since 2012, when he moved west from Tennessee. He had been the DC at Boise State from 2006-2009 before he joined the Volunteers. With the Broncos, he fielded one of the nations strongest defensive units.

Before that he played for the Oregon Ducks from 1996 and 1999.

His defense at Washington, a hybrid of the 4-3 and 3-4, ranked 38th in scoring defense this past season, 50th in total defense, 58th in rushing defense and 11th in pass efficiency defense. The Huskies intercepted 15 passes and were eighth in the country in sacks.

Wilcox’s addition to Sarkisian’s staff means the Trojans will part ways with current defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, which was reported yesterday by ESPN’s Adam Shefter. Wilcox joins Johnny Nansen, Keith Heyward and Peter Sirmon as the fourth Washington assistant to make the jump to USC.

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