Noel Mazzone on staying with UCLA, Holiday Bowl matchup

Jeff Gross

Bruins offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone spoke out this past weekend about his future with the team.

UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone told ESPN Saturday that he's not interested leaving the Bruins after a number of schools contacted him about their coaching vacancies.

Mazzone explained that while he did have a handful of conversations over the phone with various programs, nothing has "really piqued [his] interest." Mazzone then went on to share his view on possible promotions in further detail:

"I never coach anyplace with the thought I'm coaching here to try to get to someplace else. I'm totally committed to this program, coach (Jim) Mora, this staff, these kids."

Mazzone's name has been a popular one recently as he appeared to be on the short list of candidates for head coaching jobs at San Jose State and California. But even with all the inquires, Mazzone is still having a hard time believing he'll "be happier someplace else."

When questioned if he has spoken with UCLA about a possible pay raise to stay on board, Mazzone shared that there hasn't been any dialogue quite yet, but added "that kind of stuff is for after the season." Mazzone is receiving $350,000 this season and is set to make $375,000 in 2013, according to ESPN's Peter Yoon.

Mazzone is currently busy preparing his offense for a potential shootout with the Baylor Bears in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. Mazzone called the game "a reward for a having a successful season" but also the start of the 2013 season "in many regards."

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