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Justin Wilcox, Marques Tuiasosopo officially added to USC coaching staff

Post by Christian Caple on Dec. 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm with No Comments »
December 30, 2013 8:56 pm

Apologies for getting to this late. Was out to dinner.

Anyway, what was expected for some time was made official on Monday night, as former Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and quarterbacks coach/interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo were announced as new members of Steve Sarkisian’s coaching staff at USC.

Wilcox will be USC’s defensive coordinator. Tuiasosopo will coach tight ends.

Here’s the official release from USC.

As it turns out, Wilcox’s departure won’t cost him — or USC, or UW — any money. Wilcox signed something called a “mutual termination agreement” with UW, meaning no money will change hands between the two parties. Wilcox’s contract called for a $1 million payment to UW if he left for a job at another Pac-12 school, but, assuming that Wilcox wanted to leave for USC and new UW coach Chris Petersen didn’t want to keep him on as defensive coordinator, it was apparently in the best interest of both sides to simply part ways without any payment.

Strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis signed a similar agreement.

The only departing assistant coaches to whom UW will owe money are receivers coach/offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau and offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto. Exact buyout figures for those two are not yet available, UW said.

Tosh Lupoi, by the way, will still be paid the same salary despite his reassignment to other duties in the athletic department.

Former tight ends coach Jordan Paopao’s situation remains unresolved, as well. Petersen hasn’t hired a tight ends coach yet.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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