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December 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Marques Tuiasosopo named UW’s interim coach

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo with Keith Price. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo with Keith Price. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Marques Tuiasosopo has been named Washington’s interim head coach for UW’s bowl game, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.

Tuiasosopo, 34, a Woodinville native, is in his first season as UW’s quarterbacks coach. He was the quarterback of UW’s last Rose Bowl team following the 2000 season.

UW confirmed an earlier report that ” Tui” had met with UW athletic director Scott Woodward earlier Wednesday.

“I’m humbled and so honored,” Tuiasosopo said in a statement. “It’s a great, incredible honor to lead my alma mater in a bowl game.

“We still have a lot to play for this season. I am excited to go out and get a ninth win.”

UW is searching for a new head coach after Steve Sarkisian left to take the same position at USC on Monday.

After eight seasons in the NFL, Tuiasosopo was hired by Sarkisian as UW’s assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2009. “Tui” left to be a graduate assistant on Rick Neuheisel’s staff at UCLA in 2011; he was then coached UCLA’s tight ends in 2012 before returning to UW before this season.

Also Wednesday, UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox was scheduled to interview with Woodward, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

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