Posted by Chip Patterson
After finishing the 2010 season ranked near the bottom of the conference in most defensive categories, UCLA fired defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough on December 18. Nearly two months later, it seems like the search for his replacement may be finally nearing an end. Multiple media outlets are reporting that Kentucky defensive coordinator Steve Brown will likely be the man for the job, and the announcement could come in the next few days. The Los Angeles Times confirmed that Brown interviewed on Tuesday, and Scott Reid of the Orange County Register believes the Oregon alum could be introduced in the near future.
UCLA supposedly had their man lined up after head coach Rick Neuheisel interviewed Rocky Seto, Pete Carroll's defensive coordinator from Seattle and USC. Neuheisel had already struck out with San Diego State's Rocky Long (promoted to head coach) and Stanford's Vic Fangio (now defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers). Unfortunately after Seto's interview, the coach went public with the information thinking the job was his to lose.
It was, and he did.
UCLA was unhappy that Seto decided to break the news himself and the deal quickly disappeared. Now, after all the twists and turns things are finally coming into place for the Bruins.
The Bruins did make one hire on Wednesday, announcing Nevada's Jim Mastro as UCLA's new F-backs/running game coach. Mastro will be counted on to improve the pistol attack run by the Bruins in 2010.