Justin Wilcox is leaving Tennessee for a chance to be the answer to Washington's defensive woes.
Washington announced the hiring of Wilcox as the Huskies new defensive coordinator on Monday with the hope that Wilcox's return to the Pacific Northwest will equal a return to prominence for the Huskies defense. Wilcox will replace Nick Holt, who was fired Saturday after Washington surrendered 777 yards and 67 points in an Alamo Bowl loss to Baylor. It was the most yards ever allowed by Washington and the second-most points and came on a national staged that exposed all of the Huskies weaknesses.
It's now up to Wilcox to fix those holes.
"I'm grateful for this opportunity," Wilcox said in a statement. "Washington is a place where you can win big, and I'm excited to work with coach Sarkisian in developing a championship-caliber football program. Our first order of business is hitting the recruiting trail, and I can't wait to get started."