Washington Huskies Add Justin Wilcox And Peter Sirmon To Defensive Coaching Staff

Justin Wilcox is now at UW as defensive coordinator.

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Washington Huskies 2012 Football Schedule Features LSU Tigers

The Pac-12 schedule was released today. The Washington Huskies will have two very winnable non-conference games next year. They'll also have the demon in the Bayou.

The Huskies will be headed to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers on September 8th, a contest which will feature one of the most prolific offenses in the country led by Steve Sarkisian against the intimidating LSU defense returning plenty of talent on that side of the football. Washington will have their work cut out for them in trying to land what would probably be a monumental upset that could help jumpstart the program.

After home games against San Diego State and Portland State (before and after their LSU game), Washington has a bye week September 22nd before nine straight weeks of Pac-12 games commence. UW starts with a home contest with a rebuilding Stanford team on Thursday night before headed for their biggest road test in Oregon against the much hated Ducks. Then they face USC at home. Pretty tough stretch to start out.

Washington then has a host of very winnable games, going to Arizona, hosting Oregon State, playing a Friday night road contest at Cal, then a home game against Utah before concluding with road games against Colorado and Washington State. Remember that with Husky Stadium under renovation, Washington will be playing their home games in CenturyLink Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Washington Huskies Hire Justin Wilcox As Defensive Coordinator, Peter Sirmon As Linebackers Coach

The Washington Huskies have raided the Tennessee Volunteers and pilfered two members of their defensive coaching staff as defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon are both leaving to join the Huskies staff, according to multiple sources including ESPN's Chris Low.

After engaging in what was an entertaining but eye-opening 67-56 loss to Baylor in last week's Valero Alamo Bowl, Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian began an overhaul of his defensive coaching staff by firing defensive coordinator Nick Holt, linebackers coach Mike Cox and safeties coach Jeff Mills. Giving up 777 total yards in a bowl game - the most in school history - was the final straw.

Wilcox has spent the past two seasons in Tennessee after four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Boise State. Sirmon played seven seasons at linebacker for the Tennessee Titans and spent 2009 as a graduate assistant at Oregon before taking the same position under Wilcox at Tennessee. Wilcox and Sirmon both played at Oregon during their college days.

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Nick Holt Fired As Washington Huskies Defensive Coordinator

Washington Huskies Defensive Coordinator Nick Holt has officially been let go by Head Coach Steve Sarkisian, along with safeties coach Jeff Mills and linebackers coach Mike Cox. This is the biggest coaching shakeup since Sarkisian took over the team in 2009.

The contracts of all three coaches will be honored through 2012.

Gregg Bell, Washington's athletic department's official writer tweeted out these comments from Sarkisian:

I want to thank Nick Holt, Mike Cox and Jeff Mills for their hard work and dedication throughout the last 3 years. I wish them all the best. ... They have left our program in a better place.

Dave Mahler from 950 KJR spoke with Nick Holt and Mike Cox after the news broke:

Just spoke to Nick Holt. Was getting calls from players and didnt have much time. "Obviously the whole year was kind of a tough year."

Asked Nick Holt what his next move was: "Gotta go out and find a job."

Just spoke to Mike Cox. Says he found out from Sark last night he was being let go. "I have no regrets. It is what it is."

The team will immediately conduct a national search for replacements at all three positions including a new cornerbacks coach to replace Demetrice Martin.

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Nick Holt "Absolutely" Expects To Return Next Year

On Friday morning, FootballScoop.com reported that Washington Huskies defensive coordinator Nick Holt and safeties coach Jeff Mills would not return next season. With the team traveling from Texas back to Seattle most of Friday, reporters were not able to get in touch with team officials.

Bob Condotta, the Seattle Times Husky football beat reporter cleared up the rumors in a series of tweets Friday night.

UW official team party has arrived back in Seattle from Alamo Bowl. And according to one high-ranking official there is "no news'' on the coaching front. Of the rumor, said "'it's news to me.'' So nothing coming from UW today, it doesn't appear.

Just talked to Nick Holt. Said of a report that he won't be back that it's "news to me.'' Asked if he expects to be back next year he said "absolutely, yeah.''

Just to reiterate further, official word from UW officials is there is nothing to report on the coaching front. No truth to rumors. ... Sarkisian apparently told TV crews he won't comment on rumors but had nothing to report.

As for now, it looks like Nick Holt and Jeff Mills are still a part of the coaching staff. Any news on potential changes to the coaching staff will happen presumably soon with Sarkisian needing to fill the vacant cornerbacks coach position. Demetrice Martin joined Jim Mora's UCLA staff in mid-December.

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