Dec 27, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Huskies interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo (right) embraces quarterback Keith Price (17) after the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl against the BYU Cougars at AT

USC Hires Marques Tuiasosopo to Coach Tight Ends


USC has grabbed another head coach from Washington, this time the one with the interim tag. Marques Tuiasosopo will be joining Steve Sarkisian’s staff in Los Angeles, according to Adam Jude of the Seattle Times.

Marques Tuiasosopo has accepted an offer to become the tight ends coach at USC, multiple sources have told The Seattle Times. The popular former Washington quarterback was named the Huskies’ interim head coach earlier this month, then guided UW to a 31-16 victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday night.

Tuiasosopo was the quarterbacks coach at Washington this season and was named the interim shortly after Sarkisian left for the Trojans. In 2012 he was the tight ends coach at UCLA. Before then he was an assistant strength coach during Sarkisian’s first two seasons with the Huskies.

He had an eight year career in the NFL as a backup quarterback before leaving the league in 2008.

At Washington, he was the first true freshman to start for the Huskies and as a senior led them to the Rose Bowl in in 2001. He was named MVP of that 34-22 victory over Drew Brees’ Purdue.

His addition continues the southern migration of Sarkisian’s staff at Washington. He has already hired for former Husky assistants Johnny Nansen (running backs/special teams), Keith Heyward (secondary) and Peter Sirmon (linebackers). Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is expected to be another potential hire, as reported by Bruce Feldman on Friday.

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  • FightON

    Will USC really bring in a guy marred by NCAA allegations? Doubt it. Wilcox is a probable to USC by all reports unless Oregon makes a run at him.