It appears that Central Florida receivers coach D.J. McCarthy, who was in Westwood earlier this week for an interview for the same position with UCLA, will be the next receivers coach for the Bruins.
This hiring would move Dino Babers out of the receivers coach position. There has been some speculation that Babers would move to running backs coach, having some experience as one. There have been some sources that have indicated that Babers could both be staying or leaving the staff.
As we confirmed on Wednesday, Ken Norton, the former UCLA linebacker and current USC linebacker coach, is a candidate for a linebacker coaching position. Former Defensive Coordinator Larry Kerr was also the linebackers coach, so the linebacker coaching position opened up when Karl Dorrell fired Kerr.
We've heard actually that UCLA has offered Norton the job. But we've also heard that an NFL team is interested in Norton. Right now, it appears that the only thing keeping Norton from coming back to UCLA is the potential NFL coaching position.
One intriguing side to this is that if Norton were to come, you can expect the recruitment of Allen Bradford, who committed to USC, to re-ignite for UCLA.
As we reported this morning, UCLA assistant head coach/tight ends coach Jon Embree has interviewed for the same position with the Kansas City Chiefs. It's uncertain whether he'll be offered the position, but one factor that could lead him to stay at UCLA is that his oldest son, Taylor, will be a senior at Hart in the fall.
In regard to the defensive coordinator position, as we alluded to this week, Jerry Gray, former Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator, is interested in the job. We have also heard the name Ted Cottrell mentioned. Cottrell is the former Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator who was recently let go when new Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was hired. Texas defensive coordinator Duane Akina has also been mentioned. But we've most recently heard that Dorrell has had a candidate with NFL experience in mind, and it's not Gray, Cottrell or Akina.
There are still a number of staff positions that could change beyond those mentioned above. A new defensive coordinator could very well want to bring in his own position coaches.
Update as of 2:00 p.m.