In the wake of Rick Neuheisel's firing earlier this week, the UCLA Bruins are already hard at work attempting to find and secure a new head coach to head up their football program.
The latest news in the head coach search is that Miami's Al Golden and Houston's Kevin Sumlin were UCLA's main targets on Saturday, reports Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times. UCLA's first choice for a new head coach, Chris Petersen, opted to remain at Boise State.
Athletic Director Dan Guerrero flew to Houston on Saturday to personally meet with Sumlin, who is currently the subject of a great many head coach rumors. The Cougars coach was also pursued by ASU before they proved to be well out of the running. Houston is trying to lock up Sumlin with an extension amid rumors swirling that he is on the verge of signing on with Texas A&M.
Golden, the current head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, previously interviewed with UCLA for the job in 2007. He recently signed an extension that runs through 2019, but Foster reports he may be interested in seeking employment elsewhere since Miami's athletic program is under NCAA investigation. The official word is that there have been no talks with Golden, but sources indicate inquiries have been made.
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