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December 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM

USC announces hiring of Justin Wilcox and Marques Tuiasosopo

UW coach Steve Sarkisian and assistant coaches Marcus Tuiasosopo (left) and Justin Wilcox react to an Oregon touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW coach Steve Sarkisian and assistant coaches Marcus Tuiasosopo (left) and Justin Wilcox react to an Oregon touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

It’s official: USC has announced the hiring of former Washington assistants Justin Wilcox and Marques Tuiasosopo.

Tuiasosopo will serve as the USC tight ends coach, the same position he was offered by new UW coach Chris Petersen, sources told The Seattle Times.

Wilcox will be the Trojans’ defensive coordinator, the same role he held the past two seasons at UW. In Los Angeles, Wilcox and Tuiasosopo will reunited with former UW head coach Steve Sarkisian.

Wilcox and UW signed a “mutual termination clause,” meaning no money will be exchanged with Wilcox’s departure to USC. Wilcox could’ve been owed $520,000 if he was let go “without cause,” and Petersen did not offer Wilcox a position at UW. Had he left on his own, Wilcox would’ve owed UW a $1 million buyout.

UW will pay former offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau about $276,000, which is equal to 65 percent of his annual salary due in his UW contract guaranteed through Dec. 31, 2014. Similarly, UW cut a check for about $97,500 to former offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto, whose contract runs through June 2014.

Sarkisian, who left the Huskies for USC on Dec. 2, had a $1.5 million buyout in his UW contract, a sum UW is expected to collect from USC.

UW was scheduled to pay Boise State $750,000 for Petersen’s buyout, meaning the Huskies should come out of the coaching shuffle with a “net positive” of about $376,500 in coaching contract payouts and buyouts.

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