SEATTLE - Tui's back!
Coach Steve Sarkisian made that official on Saturday by hiring Huskies 2001 Rose Bowl MVP Marques Tuiasosopo to be Washington's new quarterbacks coach.
The school has a memorandum of agreement in place with Tuiasosopo, the 2000 Pac-10 offensive player of the year who set UW's career record for total offense from 1997-2000. He played quarterback for eight seasons in the NFL through 2008 and has spent last year as tight ends coach at UCLA after having served as a grad assistant for the Bruins the previous year.
"I'm very excited to come back home to coach where I played and to help Coach Sarkisian continue to bring the Huskies back to where we belong: at the top of the Pac-12, in the Rose Bowl and competing for championships," Tuiasosopo said Saturday by telephone. "I'm also happy to be coaching the position I love.
"I'm very grateful to Jim Mora and UCLA for giving me the opportunity to get my first full-time coach...