Sources say Wilcox, Sirmon to UW

Multiple sources confirmed to Dawgman.com Sunday night that Tennessee Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox is expected to accept the same position at the University of Washington. Wilcox is also expected to bring his linebackers coach, Peter Sirmon. Both have ties to the Northwest, as Wilcox is from Junction City, Ore. and Sirmon hails from Walla Walla. Both played collegiately at Oregon.

ESPN is also running with sources citing this move, and the Knoxville News Sentinel cited a source Monday morning within the UT Athletic Department confirming the departure of Wilcox and Sirmon to Washington.

While the school hasn't confirmed the news, it appears Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian has two more positions still to fill. The Huskies let Nick Holt, Mike Cox and Jeff Mills go on New Year's Eve, and Demetrice Martin left earlier to take a position at UCLA.

Wilcox spent two years at Tennessee after four years at Boise State and three years before that at California. At all three spots he has experienced significant success.

From 2003-05, he helped Cal to a 26-12 record coaching the linebackers. Then at Boise he capped off his career with the Broncos by helping them to an undefeated record and Fiesta Bowl win over TCU.

His two seasons at Tennessee have been a bit more of a mixed bag, as he helped head coach Derek Dooley to a combined 11-14 record. In 2011, the Volunteers went 5-7, including an SEC Eastern Division last place finish at 1-7. Wilcox's defenses averaged 22.6 points given up per game, good enough for 35th nationally - which is roughly 14 points better than Washington.

Sirmon has kept ties with Wilcox ever since their Oregon days, when they were teammates and roommates. After winning 30 games in his UO career, the Walla Walla native spent seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans in the NFL. He then went back to Oregon as a graduate assistant, and then rejoined Wilcox in Tennessee as a graduate assistant there before being elevated to linebackers coach in 2011.


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