Cats appear to have added assistant coach

Mike Stoops is still filling his coaching staff, but it appears as if at least one new coach has already joined the staff. According to two football recruits, Mike Tuiasasopo has started calling them promoting the Arizona program.

Former Utah assistant Mike Tuiasasopo has apparently joined Stoops' staff and is already hitting the recruiting trail. Both Shannon Tevaga and Gerold Rodriguez have indicated that Tuiasasopo has been in contact representing the Wildcats. Tevaga got a phone call, while Rodriguez says that the new coach was on campus visiting coaches at Venice High School.

Tuiasasopo coached defensive tackles at Utah last season after spending seven years coaching defensive line at Utah State and Nevada. Prior to that he coached at the high school level in California.

Tuiasasopo comes from some good bloodlines. His brother Navy played for the Rams and he is the cousin of former NFL players Bob Apisa and Manu Tuiasasopo.

He was a first-team all-Columbia Conference selection at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. He was the team defensive MVP in 1998 a year after the school won the NAIA Division II National Championship.

A source inside the Utah football office confirmed that he interviewed this weekend and it is believed that he was on campus and attended the Arizona/Stanford basketball game. That same source could not confirm or deny that Tuiasasopo had accepted a post on the Wildcat staff.

No official word has come from the University on his or any other coach's hiring.

What exactly Tuiasasopo will coach is still up in the air. Tom Kish was expected to coach the defensive line, but as of now the Cats don't have a linebackers coach.

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