USC adds Wilcox, Tuiasosopo to Sarkisian’s staff
Southern California added defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox,
tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo and offensive line coach Tim
Drevno to new coach Steve Sarkisian’s staff on Monday night.
USC also confirmed that Clay Helton will stay with the Trojans
as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Wilcox was Sarkisian’s defensive coordinator at Washington for
the past two seasons. The former Oregon defensive back has been a
defensive coordinator at three schools over the last eight seasons,
including four years at Boise State.
USC didn’t have to pay the $1 million buyout of Wilcox’s
contract after the coach and the Huskies signed a mutual
termination agreement, according to the Seattle Times. Wilcox
wasn’t offered a job on new Washington coach Chris Petersen’s
Tuiasosopo was the Huskies’ quarterbacks coach last season
before leading them to a Fight Hunger Bowl victory over BYU last
weekend as Sarkisian’s interim replacement. The former UCLA
assistant and Oakland Raiders quarterback is leaving his alma
mater, where he set Washington’s career total offense record from
Drevno has spent the last three years coaching the San Francisco
49ers’ offensive line after a lengthy college coaching career,
including a stint at Stanford under current Niners coach Jim
Harbaugh. Drevno will also be the Trojans’ running game
Helton led USC (10-4) to a blowout victory over Fresno State
earlier this month in the Las Vegas Bowl. Helton, who joined USC
along with Lane Kiffin in 2010, was the Trojans’ third head coach
of the season after interim coach Ed Orgeron’s resignation.
Receivers coach Tee Martin already announced he was staying with
USC from Kiffin’s staff.
Sarkisian previously had hired three Washington assistants.
Johnny Nansen is the Trojans’ special teams coordinator and running
backs coach, along with linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and
defensive backs coach Keith Heyward.
USC also hired strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis away