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December 9, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Justin Wilcox’s return to UW still a possibility

Justin Wilcox has options, it seems.

Washington’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons is known to be coveted by Steve Sarkisian at USC. His is said to be one of three candidates to succeed Chris Petersen for the head-coaching job at Boise State.

And Petersen’s “first order of business” Tuesday will be to meet with Wilcox, a source told The Seattle Times on Monday night. A return to UW remains a possibility for Wilcox, the source said.

The 37-year-old Wilcox, a defensive back at Oregon while Petersen was an assistant coach in Eugene, was the defensive coordinator on Petersen’s staff at Boise State for four seasons, from 2006-09. The source said they have “a lot of mutual respect.”

Wilcox’s UW contract calls for a $1 million buyout if he leaves for another Pac-12 school.

The Idaho Statesman has reported that Pete Kwiatkowski, Petersen’s defensive coordinator at Boise State for the past four seasons, will join the staff at UW.

Petersen on Monday said he hoped to have a staff in place sometime next week.

Assembling the right staff, Petersen said, is something “I will lose or have lost a lot of sleep on — making sure I’ve got the right guys to coach these kids. Because we really want them to be coached a certain way. And I think there’s a lot of good football coaches out there. With all the access we have — internet-wise, pro football, all these things — the guys can be really good X’s and O’s guys, but you start to separate people by how they’re going to treat kids. So that’s really important to me.”

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