THE SIDELINES : Elway Among N. Ariz. Applicants

<i> From Times wire services</i>

Former Stanford and San Jose State Coach Jack Elway is among 77 people who have applied for the job as Northern Arizona’s football coach, school officials said.

A 12-member search committee started reviewing the applications Monday, and officials said Wednesday that a new coach could be named as early as this weekend.

The vacancy occurs because Larry Kentera announced Nov. 7 that he is resigning after his fifth season.

Tom Jurich, Northern Arizona’s athletic director, said that among the people who have applied besides Elway are USC defensive coordinator Chris Allen; Arizona defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff; former NFL quarterback John Hadel, now a receivers coach at Kansas; Arizona State receivers Coach Don Bocchi; Western New Mexico Head Coach Bob O’Mera; West Virginia defensive coordinator Bob Shaw, and Boise State defensive coordinator John Gough.


“I think it’s a really strong field,” Jurich said. “I think it’s a credit to the university that we can attract those kinds of people.”