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

from Washington.