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Sark Makes It Official

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Head coach Steve Sarkisian officially named Justin Wilcox the new USC defensive coordinator to go along with adding Marques Tuiasosopo to coach tight ends and Tim Drevno to lead the offensive line and running game.

Drevno.jpg"These new additions to our staff bring not only tremendous coaching expertise, but they are outstanding recruiters and good, solid people," said Sarkisian. "They are great additions to the USC football program and the Trojan Family."

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Still only 37, Wilcox is considered a rising star in the coaching business having already served as the defensive coordinator for Washington, Tennessee and Boise State.  In his most recent stop with the Huskies, he inherited one of the worst defenses in college football and immediately improved the unit to rank Top 40 nationally in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense.

Tuiasosopo is another promising young assistant with a bright future after leading the Huskies to a bowl victory as the interim head coach in place of Sarkisian.  He was a talented college quarterback who earned Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and Rose Bowl MVP honors at UW.

Finally, Drevno is a major acquisition coming from the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford.  Working under Jim Harbaugh since his days at San Diego, Drevno's offensive lines have earned a reputation for physicality, including all five of his starters making the 2012 Pro Bowl. 

In addition to naming three more assistants, Sarkisian publicly defined roles for Clay Helton (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks), Tee Martin (wide receivers), Johnny Nansen (running backs and special teams), Peter Sirmon (recruiting coordinator and linebackers) and Keith Heyward (defensive backs).

Tuiasosopo (left) and Wilcox (right) will join Sarkisian (center) in Cardinal and Gold.
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Thank you Sark.

As an alumni of the University of Washington and long time Husky, I cannot thank Coach Sark enough for what he did here at Washington.

He literally played Savior here. New Stadium winning seasons, bowl games from the remnants of a 0-12 oblivion.

I am happy for Sark that he is home. I am happy we have coach Petersen. But before I rejoin the Husky world I just wanted to leave this THANK YOU for Sark.

I wish you success.....except against the Huskies.

I still believe Sark made a mistake in not retaining Special Teams coach John Baxter.

Baxter's special teams made a difference in many games. There were many blocked kicks while he was at USC that contributed to victories (Kalil's block FG vs. Utah in 2011, a blocked punt in the win at Oregon in 2011, a blocked extra point vs. ASU in a 1 point win in 2010 and the blocks in 4 straight games at the end of 2013. Not to mention the three punt returns at Cal this year, two by Agholor).

That stuff doesn't happen by accident and was all coaching by Baxter.

And in a time when most people are cynical about the NCAA and their mission to educate "student - athletes" Coach Baxter developed a well respected national educational program to help athletes develop life skills. With all of USC's bad press lately, it might have been a good idea to keep a guy with these accomplishments.

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