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December 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM

More on the UW-Boise State coaching shuffle

Boise State quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith will join Chris Petersen‘s staff at Washington, a source has confirmed to The Seattle Times.

That would seem to put into question Marques Tuiasosopo‘s future with the Huskies. The source said Tuiasosopo would prefer to continue to coach quarterbacks, and after the Fight Hunger Bowl, that position will no longer be available at UW.

Here’s how the pieces for UW’s new staff appear to be coming together under Petersen, based on sources and various reports:

Jonathan Smith, quarterbacks
Brent Pease, wide receivers
Keith Bhonapha, running backs/recruiting coordinator
Chris Strausser, offensive line

Pete Kwiatkowski, defensive coordinator
Bob Gregory, linebackers
Jimmy Lake, secondary

That’s seven assistants (with their Boise State positions listed above), which leaves room for two more.

Pease was let go as Florida’s offensive coordinator earlier this month, and he will reportedly come to UW to coach wide receivers.

It’s unclear who the coordinators will be, or who will coach the defensive line, tight ends and special teams (or if the Boise assistants will take on new roles).

Perhaps Smith, the former Oregon State quarterback under Dennis Erickson, gets his first shot to call plays? Remember, Petersen gave a 29-year-olds Bryan Harsin and Justin Wilcox their first chance as coordinators at Boise in 2006.

Former Boise State and Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, when I talked to him earlier this month about his good friend Petersen, said he’d be open to returning to college football as an assistant in the right situation. I don’t know if that’s a realistic option now for UW, but I do know Hawkins had tremendous success before heading to Colorado.

Kwiatkowski has been the defensive coordinator at Boise State, and it seems likely that he’ll have the same position here.

The more the pieces come together, the less likely it seems Wilcox will have a spot to return to UW. I haven’t heard anything definitive on that yet, but that’s the sense right now.

There could still be room for Tosh Lupoi to remain at UW, but I haven’t heard anything solid on that either.

Gregory, Boise’s interim coach for its bowl game, told The Idaho Statesman today that he has not talked to Harsin, the new Boise coach, about a position there, and suggests that Gregory is coming to UW, too. (Gregory, by the way, was Wilcox’s position coach at Oregon in the 1990s and served as Cal’s defensive coordinator from 2002-09, where Wilcox got his first full-time coaching job in 2003.)

Footballscoop is also reporting that Fresno State’s director of operations, Mike McHugh, will come to UW in the same role.



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