Tuiasosopo, Wilcox to join Sarkisian at USC

McClatchy news serviccsDecember 30, 2013 

Washington interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo was reportedly hired by USC to be its tight ends coach. Tuiasosopo coached the Huskies to a 31-16 win over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

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After leading the Washington Huskies to a bowl victory, Marques Tuiasosopo reportedly is leaving his alma mater.

Tuiasosopo has accepted an offer to become the tight ends coach at USC, The Seattle Times reported Sunday night.

USC will announce the hiring Monday.

The Trojans are also expected to announce the hiring of Huskies defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to a similar position under former UW coach Steve Sarkisian, who accepted the USC job Dec. 2.

Tuiasosopo was interim coach for the Huskies’ 31-16 win over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday in San Francisco.

Tuiasosopo, who quarterbacked the Huskies to their last Rose Bowl victory in 2001, came to UW as quarterbacks coach for the 2013 season.

He spent the previous two seasons at UCLA, first as a graduate assistant, then tight ends coach.

Tuiasosopo reportedly was offered a job coaching tight ends under new Huskies coach Chris Petersen but elected to follow Sarkisian to USC.

SCHIANO TO PENN STATE?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano could be a favorite to replace Bill O’Brien at Penn State if O’Brien leaves to take the Houston Texans’ coaching job, NFL Network reported Sunday.

PennLive.com reported last week that Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak and Schiano were interested in coaching the Nittany Lions if O’Brien leaves to take an NFL job.

According to the report, Penn State is “ready to make a strong push” for Schiano, and athletic director Dave Joyner is “mulling flying down to Tampa” to meet with Schiano.

However, Schiano denied interest in Penn State last week.

CENTRAL FLORIDA HIRES DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Central Florida has hired longtime NFL assistant Paul Ferraro to be defensive coordinator next season.

Ferraro has been defensive coordinator at Maine in the FCS the last two years. He worked with the Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams of the NFL from 2005-11, and was an assistant for UCF coach George O’Leary at Georgia Tech from 1995-01.

He would replace Jim Flemming, who left UCF to become head coach at Rhode Island.

Neither Flemming nor Ferraro will coach the 15th-ranked Knights in the Fiesta Bowl against No. 6 Baylor on New Year’s Day.

FORMER VOLS LINEMAN LYONS DIES AT AGE 84

Vernon “Bud” Lyons, a lineman on Tennessee’s 1951 national championship team, has died. He was 84.

Edward Boling, the director of Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas, confirmed Sunday that Lyons died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Corinth, Texas. Services were held Saturday. Tennessee had an item on its website Sunday announcing Lyons’ death.

Lyons lettered at guard for Tennessee in 1950 and 1951. The Volunteers went 10-1 in 1951 and won the national title.

CONFERENCE WITHHOLDS PAYMENT FROM RUTGERS

The American Athletic Conference is withholding the $1.5 million Pinstripe Bowl payment from Rutgers, the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported.

According to the report, the AAC informed Rutgers officials that it plans to keep the money because of the legal dispute between the two sides regarding the school’s buyout from the conference.

Rutgers is disputing that it owes the AAC $10 million to leave for the Big Ten.

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