Former Rose Bowl MVP Tuiasosopo named interim UW coach for bowl game

SEATTLE -- Huskies quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo, the MVP of the 2001 Rose Bowl as UW quarterback, on Wednesday was named the team's interim coach for Washington's bowl game.

UW athletic director Scott Woodward told the players about the move in a late-afternoon meeting inside the football operations center at Husky Stadium. The move comes after coach Steve Sarkisian took the head coaching job at USC.

“Coach Tui” just finished his first season as Washington’s quarterbacks coach after being an assistant at UCLA.

“I’m humbled and so honored,” Tuiasosopo said, according to the UW football website, “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."

This is Tuiasosopo’s first head-coaching experience of any kind.