- Peter Yoon, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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As expected, many names are beginning to surface as candidates for the open UCLA basketball coaching job.
Some are probably legitimate candidates and others are simply rumors floated for one purpose or another. The one thing we know for sure is that UCLA will not comment on any candidate, rumored or real. Athletic director Dan Guerrero wrote the following in his weekly Word from Westwood newsletter on Tuesday:
"We certainly understand that many of our fans will want to stay up to date on the latest happenings. That said, in the best interest of the search itself, as well as everyone involved, we will not comment on the process, the candidates, or provide status updates. This is the same policy we used when we hired Jim Mora. Just know that we are hard at work to bring a coach to Westwood who we can all be excited about."
When asked for comment about various rumored candidates, a department spokesperson said Guerrero's newsletter statement would be the only comment the school would have on any coaching search inquiries until a hire is officially made.
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