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A Beaver becomes a Husky?

It appears that Washington will hire Keith Heyward away from Oregon State to coach the Huskies secondary, according to a report from the Seattle Times.

Heyward would replace cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin, who left for UCLA.

The latest from the Times and ESPN recruiting West Coast guru Greg Biggins:

Strong indications tonight that this is a done deal and Heyward will be the next coach to join the UW defensive coaching staff.

According to USA Today, Heyward was the lowest-paid assistant on the OSU staff at $105,000 in 2011.

Every UW assistant last year made at least $124,000, so Heyward is surely getting a raise and likely a multi-year deal, to come to Washington.

Biggins called the hiring of Heyward "a big-time move'' and also called Heyward an "excellent coach & recruiter'' on his Twitter page.

It's unclear if Heyward is being hired to coach the entire secondary or just cornerbacks or safeties. UW will have one assistant coaching spot remaining to fill.