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Eagles Notes | Harbaugh to seek top job at UCLA

Eagles Notes Secondary coach John Harbaugh will interview for a job that would make him a Pacific Ten rival of his brother, Jim.

Eagles Notes

Secondary coach

John Harbaugh

will interview for a job that would make him a Pacific Ten rival of his brother,



According to a source close to the situation, John Harbaugh is a serious candidate to replace the recently fired

Karl Dorrell

as the head coach at UCLA. Harbaugh might interview for the job as soon as today.

Harbaugh, 45, spent nine seasons as the Eagles' special-teams coach before becoming secondary coach this season.

Harbaugh was considered one of the premier special-teams coordinators in the league. Three of his former assistants -

Dave Toub

in Chicago,

Ted Daisher

in Oakland, and the Eagles'

Rory Segrest

- have become special-teams coordinators.

"John wants to be a head coach someday," Eagles head coach

Andy Reid

said in this year's media guide. Reid said the job as secondary coach gave Harbaugh a chance to step out of his "special-teams mode."

Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, just completed his first season as the coach at Stanford after spending three seasons as coach at the University of San Diego.

According to reports in the Los Angeles Daily News, UCLA also planned to interview former Bruins quarterback

Rick Neuheisel

, who is the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator and a former college head coach at Colorado and Washington. The Tennessean of Knoxville reported earlier this week that Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator

Norm Chow

was a candidate. He previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Southern Cal.

A report on mentioned Oakland Raiders head coach

Lane Kiffin

and Kansas City Chiefs head coach

Herm Edwards

as possible candidates.

Harbaugh has been considered for jobs at Western Michigan and Boston College. His father,


, was the longtime head coach at Western Kentucky of Division I-AA, where he won a national championship in 2002.

Hunt's opportunity

Rookie running back

Tony Hunt

will see his first playing time in five games tomorrow against the Dallas Cowboys. Veteran backup

Correll Buckhalter

is recovering from the concussion he suffered late in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

"I've had a good chance to learn a lot of things this year, and now I get a chance to go out and play, so it should be a lot of fun," Hunt said yesterday.

Hunt said the biggest thing he had learned this season was how to protect the quarterback in passing situations. He was hoping to show off that skill against the Cowboys.

"I think the toughest part is recognizing who you have and getting there," Hunt said.

Hunt has played in six of the Eagles' first 13 games, carrying 10 times for 16 yards and one touchdown.

Extra points

In addition to Correll Buckhalter, tight end

L.J. Smith

(sprained knee) will be out tomorrow. Safety

Brian Dawkins

(back) and tackle

Jon Runyan

(knee) are listed as questionable, but participated fully in practice and were expected to play. Running back

Brian Westbrook

(knee), wide receiver

Reggie Brown

(shin), and defensive tackle

Mike Patterson

(ankle) are listed as probable. Westbrook was limited in practice yesterday.

- Bob Brookover