Friday, December 23, 2011
Sources: UCLA to hire Noel Mazzone
By Peter Yoon ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA coach Jim L. Mora officially will add Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone to his staff in the same capacity Friday, sources close to the football program said.
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Mazzone, who coached the Sun Devils against Boise State Thursday night in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, was on UCLA's campus Friday finalizing his paperwork. His hire has long been rumored, but he agreed to stay with outgoing Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson through the bowl game.
He spent the past two seasons at Arizona State, where his spread offense ranks No. 11 in the nation in passing, No. 24 in total offense and No. 24 in scoring. Last season, the Sun Devils were No. 15 in passing, No. 29 in total offense and No. 28 in scoring.
The year before he arrived, the Sun Devils ranked 63rd in passing and 91st in total offense and scoring offense.
Prior to Arizona State, Mazzone spent three seasons as wide receivers coach for the New York Jets and previously served stints as offensive coordinator at Mississippi, North Carolina State, Oregon State and Auburn.
Mazzone joins a staff that already includes passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, running backs coach Steve Broussard, defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield and tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo.
Mora still has room on his staff for two more coaches, but said earlier this week that he was going to "go dark" on the hiring front until after the new year. He also hinted that he was waiting until after the NFL season so he could talk with coaches currently with teams in the league.
Peter Yoon covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.