Perhaps two Arizona assistants on their way to Coloradoby Anthony Gimino on Dec. 07, 2010, under Sports
It looks as if at least one member of Mike Stoops’ Arizona coaching staff will be joining Colorado, which will be part of the new Pac-12 South next season with the Wildcats.
WildcatSportsReport.com, one of the partners in the TucsonCitizen.com Sports Network, reported earlier Tuesday that defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo was leaving for a job with new Buffs head coach Jon Embree.
Later, Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera confirmed that news, writing that “CU sources and a source close to the Arizona football program said Arizona defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo will join Embree’s staff to coach defensive tackles, the same role he has filled with the Wildcats.”
Of course, nothing is official until it’s official.
Multiple reports also have Embree talking to Greg Brown, Arizona’s first-year co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Brown has served two coaching stints at Colorado, and was with the Buffs before joining the Wildcats after last season. Embree is reportedly looking at Brown as his defensive coordinator.
Tuiasosopo, 47, was part of Stoops’ original coaching staff at Arizona for the 2004 season. The only assistant left from the original staff is Tim Kish, the linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator.
Tuiasosopo has been a valuable recruiter in California and on the islands, and his strong connections within the Polynesian community certainly would serve Colorado well as it moves from the Big 12 to the Pac-12 next season and assumes stronger recruiting holds in the West.