Washington’s assistant coaches remain in “limbo,” one source close to the team said Wednesday night, while athletic director Scott Woodward continues his search to find a new head coach. As of Wednesday evening, it was apparent that the search had a couple of front-runners: Chris Petersen and Doug Nussmeier.
Here’s what we know with regard to the assistants:
— Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo was named the interim coach on Wednesday during a team meeting, and it’s a good bet that he will have a place on staff of the new coach whenever that happens.
— Steve Sarkisian wants defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to come to USC, according to sources and other published reports. The $1 million buyout in Wilcox’s UW contract appears to be a sticking point. Will USC pay that? As of Wednesday night, Wilcox was still a UW employee, and we can confirm he interviewed with Woodward for the head-coaching job on Wednesday.
— Defensive-line coach Tosh Lupoi appears to be a similar situation. Sarkisian wants him to come to USC, too, but Lupoi has a $410,000 contract buyout with UW. Lupoi, along with linebackers coach Peter Sirmon, offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto, receivers coach Eric Kiesau and tight ends coach Jordan Paopao were still officially on staff at UW as of Wednesday evening.
— Running backs coach Johnny Nansen and defensive backs coach Keith Heyward have both left for USC, sources confirmed. KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler first reported their departures on Twitter.
All right, onto some links:
— A familiar name on this “rank ’em” Heisman list.
— A revealing Q&A with Petersen from earlier this year.
— Petersen’s contract details, from the extension he signed in April 2012.
— Fresno State’s Tim DeRuyter could still be on UW’s radar.
— Sarkisian plans to bring the up-tempo offense to USC.
— College football’s crystal ball is a cloudy at the moment.
— It’s a rematch between Stanford and Arizona State for the Pac-12 title.
— Another Q&A involving CBSsports.com’s Bruce Feldman, this on Oregon State.
— The Jameis Winston case could come to a close today and, no matter what, it’s a mess.