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One of Petersen’s big tasks will be to quickly piece together a staff. His hiring could mean the Huskies are able to retain defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, whom Sarkisian wanted to take with him to USC but who has a large buyout. Wilcox was on Petersen’s staff at Boise State for four seasons before moving on to Tennessee.

“The biggest thing for UW players is to believe him,” Johnson said. “He’s not going to mislead you.”