Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who formerly held that job at at Southern Cal, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the vacant UCLA head-coaching job.
According to the Orange County Register, a search committee headed by UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero met with Oregon coach Mike Belotti in Eugene, Ore., yesterday.
But so far, according to sources, the only candidates who have had an interview with UCLA chancellor Gene Block are Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator and former UCLA quarterback Rick Neuheisel and Al Golden, who just completed his second season as Temple's head coach. Each met with Block on campus Tuesday.
Block was the vice president/provost at Virginia when Golden was a defensive coordinator there (2001-05).
Golden has not returned several messages left on his cell phone. Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw has also declined to comment.
The Owls, who went 0-11 in 2005 as an independent, were 4-8 this season, their first in the Mid-American Conference.
Sources have indicated that Golden interviewed "very well" with Block and Guerrero. It's believed that Neuheisel, 66-30 in 8 years at Colorado and Washington, is the choice within the UCLA community. But in-house, the biggest concern seems to be the off-field baggage he carried with him as he left those places.
Defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, the interim coach as the Bruins prepare for tomorrow's Las Vegas Bowl against Brigham Young, also remains a factor in this process. Indications are that he would agree to stay on if Neuheisel is hired. Which could obviously have an impact on recruiting. And there's always a chance he will meet with Block after the game. *