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December 26, 2007 12:58 PM

Coaching updates

Posted by Bob Condotta

Reports are that Temple's Al Golden has pulled out of the job search at UCLA, news that apparently comes on the same day that DeWayne Walker had his second interview for the same position.

If so, that could mean UCLA is now down to Walker and Rick Neuheisel, meaning the Bruins are either about to hire UW's former coach (Neuheisel) or the man many think could be UW's next defensive coordinator (Walker). UPDATE --- Walker and UW coach Tyrone Willingham are apparently meeting today, as noted in the Daily News story.

UCLA is beginning to take some heat for the length of its search so school officials may feel some pressure to make a decision quickly. Either way, it's a decision that will be of great interest to UW fans, so we'll continue to follow it here

BABERS SAYS NO CONTACT YET: Speaking of UW openings, I was able today to speak with Dino Babers, UCLA's running backs coach who could be looking for work based on what happens with the head coaching job there. Babers has been rumored as a possible replacement for Trent Miles at UW. But he said that "I haven't had contact with anybody up there.'' Babers will be a candidate to stay in his current position depending on how it works out at UCLA, as well.

With UW's recruiting class close to wrapped up, and the defensive coordinator position one that holds more urgency, it's possible (and probably likely) that UW coach Tyrone Willingham will concentrate first on filling the DC job and then move on to the other two openings (running backs and special teams/tight ends). The American Football Coaches Association convention runs Jan. 6-9 in Anaheim and that tends to be a place where a lot of job interviews are held.

By the way, here's a schedule for the convention. Wonder if any of the UW defensive coaches will go to Mike Bellotti's address on "Quarterback Fundamentals in the Spread Option Offense'' on Wednesday afternoon?

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