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Report: Tuiasosopo to join Sarkisian's staff at USC

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Marques Tuiasosopo coached Keith Price and Washington to a win over BYU. (USATSI)
Marques Tuiasosopo coached Keith Price and Washington to a win over BYU. (USATSI)
Perhaps Washington fans could be forgiven for thinking that if any of their assistants would resist being poached by new USC coach -- and former Huskies head man -- Steve Sarkisian, Marques Tuiasosopo would. Sarkisian's quarterbacks coach, Tuiasosopo was a star (and fan-favorite) quarterback for Washington in his playing days and close enough to the program to be named its interim coach when Sarkisian left for the Trojans, a decision that worked to the tune of a 31-16 Fight Hunger Bowl victory over BYU.

But according to a report from the Seattle Times, it didn't make any difference in the end. Despite an offer from new Washington coach Chris Petersen to remain on staff with the Huskies, Tuiasosopo is set to join USC as the Trojans' tight ends coach, the Times reported.

USC is expected to make the hire official Monday, along with the hire of Washington defensive coordinator (and former Petersen defensive coordinator at Boise State) Justin Wilcox. Sarkisian may also have been interested in Husky defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Tosh Lupoi, though Washington's investigation into alleged NCAA violations committed by Lupoi has complicated Lupoi's situation.

The Times reported that Petersen is set to announce former Boise quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith will take over the same position on the Husky staff, and that Petersen had offered Tuiasosopo the tight ends coach position at Washington.

If Tuiasosopo wanted to remain in his current staffing position, that might explain his willingness to leave his alma mater behind -- but whatever the reason, don't expect Huskies fans to feel all that understanding about it for the forseeable future.

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