Athletic director Scott Woodward announced on Wednesday afternoon that Washington Huskies quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo will be the team’s interim head coach for the upcoming bowl game.
Tuiasosopo will replace Steve Sarkisian, who left Washington earlier this week to become the head coach of the USC Trojans.
The former Washington quarterback spoke about the selection in a statement to the media:
I’m humbled and so honored. It’s a great, incredible honor to lead my alma mater in a bowl game. We still have a lot to play for this season. I am excited to go out and get a ninth win (The Seattle Times).
Tuiasosopo had postseason success during his playing days with the Huskies. As a senior in 2000, Tuiasosopo led the Huskies to an 11-1 record and a 34-24 win in the Rose Bowl over a Purdue Boilermakers team led by Drew Brees. Tuiasosopo was named the game’s MVP, rushing for a touchdown in the first quarter and then throwing one in the fourth.
[Source: The Seattle Times]