The search for a new UCLA football coach got lighter Wednesday, when Temple's Al Golden withdrew his name from contention, as DeWayne Walker, another candidate, explored possibilities elsewhere.
Walker, the Bruins' interim head coach, met with Washington's Tyrone Willingham to discuss the Huskies' defensive coordinator opening, a source within the UCLA athletic department said. Walker also interviewed with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block for the Bruins' job Wednesday morning, sources familiar with the coach search said.
Block has met with three candidates, Golden, Walker and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel. But Golden took his name out of the mix, saying in a statement that although he was "flattered" by being considered for the job, "we are on the brink of something truly special here at Temple."
Golden, 38, has coached at Temple for two seasons and, though he has only a 5-19 record, is considered an up-and-coming coach. He interviewed with Block last week.