UCLA football: Bruins close to hiring Nevada assistant Jim Mastro

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UCLA and Nevada running back coach Jim Mastro are close to deal that would bring him to the Bruins’ program as running game coordinator, according a person close to the situation who is not authorized to speak on the subject.

Mastro, 45, has been Nevada’s recruiting coordinator and running back coach since 2004. He is believed to be seeking a three-year contract, with the final hurdle being whether the third year would be guaranteed, according to the person close to the situation.

UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said he intends to keep portions of the “pistol” offense next season. Mastro has coached the offense at Nevada, where he has been an assistant since 2000. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Idaho.

Mastro, if hired, will work with the running backs, leaving the future of Bruins’ running back coach Wayne Moses in doubt.

--Chris Foster