Southern Cal to hire Wilcox as DC

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Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is expected to be hired by Southern Cal to serve in the same capacity after Friday night's Fight Hunger Bowl, according to CBS Sports.
Washington takes on BYU at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Wilcox is among several former Washington assistants joining new USC coach Steve Sarkisian, who recently left the Huskies to take over the Trojans' program.
Wilcox replaces Clancy Pendergast, who turned around USC's defense in his lone year on the job after coming over from Cal. The Trojans went from seventh in the Pac-12 in total defense (433 yards allowed per game) to first (335 per game).
Wilcox, 37, was defensive coordinator at Boise State from 2006-09, and the Broncos led the WAC in defense all four of those seasons. He went to Tennessee in 2011 and guided the Volunteers' defense to 28th in the nation at 340.5 yards allowed per game in his one year there. However, in 2012, the Volunteers fell to 107th in total defense after he left.
Then, in 2012, Wilcox turned around Washington's defense, as it went from 106th in total defense to No. 31. This season, the Huskies ranked No. 49.
Wilcox, a former first-team Academic All-Pac-10 defensive back at Oregon in the late 1990s, is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Wilcox.

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