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December 29, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Marques Tuiasosopo accepts offer to coach tight ends at USC

Marques Tuiasosopo holds the Fight Hunger Bowl trophy aloft with offensive and defensive players of the game, Bishop Sankey and Hau'oli Kikaha. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Marques Tuiasosopo holds the Fight Hunger Bowl trophy aloft with offensive and defensive players of the game, Bishop Sankey and Hau’oli Kikaha. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Marques Tuiasosopo has accepted an offer to become the tight ends coach at USC, multiple sources have told The Seattle Times.

The popular former Washington quarterback was named the Huskies’ interim head coach earlier this month, then guided UW to a 31-16 victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday night.

USC is expected to make a formal announcement of Tuiasosopo’s hiring on Monday.

UPDATE: USC is also expected to announce the hiring of UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in the same role on Monday, sources said.

The Huskies finished with a 9-4 record this season, the program’s most wins since Tuiasosopo led the Huskies to an 11-1 finish and a Rose Bowl win during the 2000 season.

A year ago, Tuiasosopo was hired by former UW coach Steve Sarkisian to coach UW’s quarterbacks. Sarkisian left UW to coach the Trojans on Dec. 2.

New UW coach Chris Petersen had offered Tuiasosopo a chance to remain at UW as tight ends coach.

Petersen is expected to announce his UW coaching staff early this week. Former Boise State quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith will succeed Tuiasosopo as UW’s quarterbacks coach, sources have said.

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