Sports Dec 5

sports5ajpgWashington Selects Tuiasosopo As Interim Coach
Washington has selected Marques Tuiasosopo as their interim head coach for the Huskies' upcoming bowl game after Steve Sarkisian left to take the head coaching job at USC. Washington athletic director Scott Woodward announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon.

Tuiasosopo was Washington's quarterbacks coach this past season and met with Woodward on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Tuiasosopo was a star quarterback at Washington from 1997-2000, leading the Huskies to a Rose Bowl title in 2000. The decision does leave in question the status of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. The Huskies are expected to return to practice later this week in preparation for their bowl game. No bowl announcement is expected until Sunday, although the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco seems to be the front-running destination.

Seahawks Linebackers Display Their Versatility
Pete Carroll believed the Seattle Seahawks defense didn't need gimmicks to shut down New Orleans. He thought Seattle's standard defensive principles would be good enough. Carroll was right. In particular, Monday night's game highlighted the versatility of Seattle's linebackers. K.J. Wright hounded Saints tight end Jimmy Graham all night, limiting him to three receptions on nine targets. Bobby Wagner was just as important shadowing Darren Sproles out of the backfield. And because it came on Monday night, everyone was paying attention. Wright said Wednesday that it was one of the better games of his career, but because it came in prime time he's getting more recognition for how he played.

49ers' Joe Looney Takes On Key Offensive Line Role
A little-known offensive lineman with less than one full game of NFL experience could find himself starting for San Francisco in its biggest game of the year yet. Every game day, Joe Looney goes through his own pregame practice on the Candlestick Park field before his teammates on the active roster do it for real. Such is life on the practice squad. Forced into his first regular action at right guard early in Sunday's 23-13 victory against St. Louis when left tackle Joe Staley went down and Alex Boone shifted to replace him, Looney impressed his teammates with how quickly he settled into his position. Looney began the week working at right guard, and Staley's status for Sunday's game against Seattle remains unclear as he nurses a right knee injury.

December 5, 2013