Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesFormer Raiders quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo will be the interim coach for the University of Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on Friday.

Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesFormer Raiders quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo will be the interim coach for the University of Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on Friday.

Bay Area is a second home for Washington interim coach Tuiasosopo

Friday's Fight Hunger Bowl serves as a homecoming of sorts for Washington interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo, who spent six seasons on the Raiders' roster as a backup quarterback, though his roots in the Bay Area go back farther than that.

His father, Manu, spent three of his eight NFL seasons with the 49ers, meaning Marques, 34, spent a portion of his childhood here before moving back to Washington state.

“I feel at home here,” he said Monday. “It is an unbelievable opportunity to come back to a second home and to be leading my alma mater in this role as an interim, it couldn't happen better than this.”

After Steve Sarkisian accepted a job at USC following the end of the regular season, Tuiasosopo was tagged to fill his role for the Fight Hunger Bowl.

Tuiasosopo, who played at Washington from 1997 to 2000, is heading into his only game as a head coach for the Huskies, as the school already hired former Boise State coach Chris Petersen to replace Sarkisian.

It's a scenario that mirrors the one Tuiasosopo found himself in as a player for Washington, when Jim Lambright was fired after the 1998 season.

Tuiasosopo said the crew he played with came through that situation with a strong mindset.

“The group of men I played with, we came together and decided, it not going to matter who the coach is going to be,” he said. “We have to decide that we want to be winners and we want to do our part to try to win a championship.”

He said he has tried to instill the same attitude in the current Huskies, with one added bit of incentive.

The team has not had nine wins in a season since winning the Rose Bowl following the 2000 season, something that is not lost on this team.

“Guys, we're in a bowl game, so you have something great to play for,” Tuiasosopo told his players. “Nine wins in our program, in our recent history, we haven't done that since '01, so they can leave their mark. Let's focus on that because you guys have had a great season, so you can finish it in an even better way than you started it.”

The Fight Hunger Bowl will be played at AT&T Park on Friday for the last time before moving to the new Levi's Stadium next year.

College SportsFight Hunger BowlMarques TuiasosopoRaiders

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

After the pandemic hit, Twin Peaks Boulevard was closed to vehicle traffic, a situation lauded by open space advocates. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
New proposal to partially reopen Twin Peaks to vehicles pleases no one

Neighbors say closure brought crime into residential streets, while advocates seek more open space

Members of the Sheriff’s Department command staff wore masks at a swearing-in ceremony for Assistant Sheriff Tanzanika Carter. One attendee later tested positive. 
Courtesy SFSD
Sheriff sees increase in COVID-19 cases as 3 captains test positive

Command staff among 10 infected members in past week

Rainy weather is expected in the coming week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Rainstorms, potential atmospheric river expected to drench Bay Area in coming week

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Multiple rainstorms, cold temperatures some… Continue reading

U.S. Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s powerful reading was among the highlights of Inauguration Day. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Inauguration shines light in this never-ending shade

Here’s to renewal and resolve in 2021 and beyond

Lowell High School is considered an academically elite public school. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students denounce ‘rampant, unchecked racism’ at Lowell after slurs flood anti-racism lesson

A lesson on anti-racism at Lowell High School on Wednesday was bombarded… Continue reading

Most Read