Guerrero and special assistant Bob Field flew to
Reportedly, neither UCLA nor
Riley is the one, lone coaching candidate that UCLA has clearly shown interest in.
It is known, though, from good sources, that also on Guerrero's list of possibilities is
Jones has had some support from within the athletic department. His wide-open, spread offense is his calling card, and he's generally considered a good coach.
Turner, who is a year removed from being named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, is generally considered a good coach.
That is not to say that there aren't more names on Guerrero's list of candidates, but these are the three we're aware of.
There other names that have been heard mentioned in and around UCLA and its athletic department, but aren't known to be considered by Guerrero at this time. These are:
Rich Brooks, former
Marvin Lewis, defensive coordinator, Washington Redskins. He's been wishy-washy over the
Mike Bellotti, Oregon Head Coach. There is no evidence that UCLA and Bellotti have been in contact. Sources close to
Walt Harris, Pittsburg Head Coach. One of the hottest up-and-coming names in the business. Originally from
Nick Ferentz, Iowa Head coach. Probably the hottest of the previously no-name coaches who are now hot.
Karl Dorrell, Denver Broncos assistant. Former UCLA asssistant and OC at
Greg Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs assistant. Former UCLA assistant also wants the job, but his name doesn't seem to be generating much buzz.
With Guerrero having conducted a preliminary, feel-out interview with Riley, it's believed that any decision by Guerrero could take a bit of time. He more than likely will continue to go through preliminary meetings and interview a number of candidates. He has indicated that he could have some coaching candidates on campus.
There are rumors circulating that UCLA has a "big fish" that it's pursuing under the radar – which could be Bellotti, Mariucci or Lewis, or another coach on that status level, but there is no solid source confirming it.
It's very possible that more serious candidates will be added to this list during the process, and the eventual coach might not even come from the group of potential candidates listed above.