REPORT: Utah DC Sitake, DL coach to OSU

A RADIO STATION in Utah reported Wednesday afternoon Ute defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake, as well as one other Utah assistant coach, are headed to Oregon State to join Gary Andersen's first staff in Corvallis.

The radio report, on 1320 KFAN, said Kalani Sitake and Ilaisa Tuiaki are both leaving Utah for Oregon State.

Later, the station went back and forth a bit, saying Sitake is "close to going if he's not already gone." At 3:03 pm coming off a station break, 1320 KFAN cited multiple confirmations that Sitake and Tuiaki were indeed gone to Oregon State. Several other meida reports, varying in their decisiveness, have since said Sitake is headed to OSU.

If the report is true, Sitake’s resume is a fun read for Beaver fans

Sitake has been in demand this offseason because Utes’ AD Chris Hill’s made a decision (one he has since come under fire for) not to extend Sitake's contract, leaving Sitake headed into the last year of his deal as a virtual free agent this past season.

Sitake was making $500,000 and former Beav DC Mark Banker was making $505,008, according to USA Today.

Tuiaki is the Utes' defensive line coach. It's been reported as Wisconsin d-line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a was a slam dunk to come with Andersen in the same capacity to OSU.

But Andersen also has said that his new DC would have some freedom in assembling his staff, so it's unknown if Kauha'aha'a will be coaching the d-line (or if he's still coming, assuming the Utah report is accurate. It would seem highly unlikely Kauha'aha'a is not still coming to Oregon State, with Wisconsin having previously announced Kauha'aha'a was leaving with Andersen after the Badgers play in their bowl game.)

Tuiaki, (pronounced ee-lye-sa too-ee-ah-kee) according to his Utah bio page just completed his third season as an assistant at Utah and his second as the defensive line coach. Tuiaki has coached four positions at Utah, including one season as a graduate assistant.

Tuiaki also spent three seasons at Utah State under Andersen as the running backs coach from 2009-11. He was also Andersen's special teams coordinator from 2009-10 and was the Aggies' recruiting coordinator in 2011.

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