Contact made with Titans' Chow about UCLA vacancy

Updated: December 13, 2007, 2:08 AM ET
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UCLA has contacted Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow and invited him to interview for its vacant head coaching position as soon as this weekend.

The news was first reported by The Los Angeles Times on its Web site on Wednesday night and confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad by a person briefed on the school's plans.

Schad Wednesday also confirmed that UCLA, through intermediaries, has attempted to gauge the interest of BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Chow, 61, has spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, where he in 2006 helped mold top draft pick Vince Young into a quarterback so successful he was named NFL offensive rookie of the year.

Chow has often been mentioned as a head coaching candidate, especially for college jobs, but never has been hired. Karl Dorrell, UCLA's coach for five years, was fired after the Bruins finished the regular season 6-6, with the final loss a 24-7 defeat by rival Southern California last weekend. He finished with a 35-27 record during his five years in the job, his first as a head coach.

Defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker will serve as interim coach for UCLA's Las Vegas Bowl game against BYU.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.