More Breaking News on UCLA Coaching Staff

Jan. 10 -- Kennedy Polamalu has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator, Marques Tuiasosopo has agreed to become UCLA's quarterbacks coach, and Rip Scherer has agreed to become UCLA's tight ends coach...

Kennedy Polamalu has agreed to become UCLA's offensive coordinator and Marques Tuiasosopo has agreed to become UCLA's quarterbacks coach, according to sources.

The hiring still needs to be finalized, with some details attended to, before it can be announced officially, but that's expected to happen soon.

Rip Scherer, UCLA's assistant athletic director for football, has also agreed to become UCLA's tight ends coach, and, as with Polamalu and Tuiasosopo, the official announcement will have to wait until some details are finalized, but that's expected to happen soon.

Polamalu has spent the last two years as UCLA's running backs coach, but acted as the offensive coordinator heading into UCLA's bowl game against Nebraska while offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone dealt with a medical issue. Mazzone took the Texas A&M offensive coordinator position last week, and that opened up the spot for Polamalu.

Tuiasosopo was most recently a USC assistant working with tight ends and quarterbacks. He has previous experience with Mora and UCLA, having been an inside receivers coach for Mora's first team in 2012. The quarterbacks job opened up with Taylor Mazzone electing to pursue other opportunities as well. There are reports that Taylor Mazzone has joined his dad on Texas A&M's staff.

Tuiasosopo has played a key role in the recruitments of 2016 defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa and 2016 tight end Devin Asiasi for USC, and it's thought that his hire by UCLA could have a positive impact on the Bruins' recruitment of both prospects.

Scherer has a great deal of experience as an offensive coach at many different levels of football, including both college and the NFL. UCLA did not have a tight ends coach prior to this season, so having a dedicated coach at that position could pay dividends in recruiting as UCLA tries to move toward more of a multiple offensive scheme.


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