Temple's athletic department is choosing not to comment on the status of its football program, as reports have surfaced that Owls coach Al Golden is interviewing for the vacant UCLA job.

Golden was not available for comment yesterday, and Owls athletic director Bill Bradshaw declined to speak on the matter.

"We will not be commenting," said Larry Dougherty, Temple's assistant athletic director for media relations.

Reached in Las Vegas, where UCLA (6-6) will face Brigham Young (10-2) in the Las Vegas Bowl tomorrow night, UCLA sports information director Marc Dellins would not confirm or deny that Golden had paid the Bruins a visit.

"We are not commenting on any of the interviewees," Dellins said.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Golden, 38, is the second candidate to get an audience with UCLA chancellor Gene Block. Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel met with Block earlier this week.

UCLA interim coach DeWayne Walker, Philadelphia Eagles defensive-backs coach John Harbaugh, and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow reportedly met with Bruins athletic director Dan Guerrero.

Chow has since withdrawn his name from consideration.

Guerrero has said UCLA hopes to "have a resolution in the near future," though that could be as early as next week.

Golden, the former defensive coordinator at Virginia who recently completed his second year at Temple, fielded the youngest team in the nation the last two seasons. He has a 5-19 record at Temple.

The Owls, who went 4-8 this season to register their most wins in five seasons, have made tangible progress both on and off the field under Golden. Temple has not had a winning season since 1990.

Block is familiar with Golden's work. After serving as a professor at Virginia, Block was the university's vice president and provost from 2001 to 2006. Golden, a Penn State product who spent five years leading Virginia's defense, took over at Temple after the 2005 season.

Neuheisel, a UCLA graduate, is said to covet the Bruins job.

Walker, who will be in charge for the Bruins' bowl game, is also thought to be a leading candidate.

Contact staff writer Kevin Tatum at 215-854-2583 or ktatum@phillynews.com.