With brother Jim at Stanford, John Harbaugh seeking shot at UCLA
Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh will interview for the head coach vacancy at UCLA, and if he lands the position, the longtime NFL assistant annually will compete with his brother in the Pac 10.
The interview was first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer. A league source and a source close to Harbaugh confirmed the impending meeting between Harbaugh and UCLA officials.
Harbaugh, 45, was moved by Eagles coach Andy Reid to the secondary coaching position this year, after spending nine seasons as the special teams coach. Harbaugh was widely regarded as one of the NFL's top special teams mentors.
In the past few years, Harbaugh has strongly suggested he would like to be a head coach, and his name has been mentioned as a possible candidate for a few college openings, including those at Boston College and Western Michigan.
His brother, former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh, recently completed his first season as the head coach at Stanford. He spent three seasons before that as the coach at the University of San Diego, following his NFL playing career.
The vacancy at UCLA was created when the school fired coach Karl Dorrell.
UCLA officials are considering other current NFL assistants, among them offensive coordinators Norm Chow of Tennessee -- who met with UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero in Kansas City on Saturday, according to Los Angeles Daily News -- and Rick Neuheisel of Baltimore.
The school has not indicated a timetable for filling the job.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.
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