Nick Holt, coordinator of USC's dominating defense, has agreed to become defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of Washington. (Here's my story from the Tuesday paper.)
A press conference to introduce Holt was delayed from Monday until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday for undisclosed reasons, but the university has confirmed the hire.
Holt, 46, had been the Trojans' defensive line coach and defensive coordinator from 2006 through their just-completed 2009 Rose Bowl victory.
The 2008 Trojans completed the regular season as the nation's No. 1 defense, leading the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense (206.08 yards per game), scoring defense (7.75 points per game), pass defense (122.83) and pass efficiency defense (81.46). USC was also No. 5 in rushing defense (83.25 yards per game). The '08 Trojans posted three shutouts -- including one against Washington -- and held eight of 12 regular-season opponents to seven or fewer points.
Holt also had also served as USC's linebackers coach from 2001 to 2003. In between, during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, he was head coach at Idaho, where he'd previously worked a defensive coordinator.
"This is very exciting for Husky football," new UW head coach Steve Sarkisian said in a news release. "I don't think we could have found a more qualified or successful defensive coordinator anywhere in the country."
"Coach Sarkisian has been working tirelessly to recruit and to hire coaches," UW athletic director Scott Woodward said in the same news release. "This hire is a clear reinforcement of the confidence I have in him to put together a top-notch coaching staff."