Dorrell Assembling His Staff

In his first day back at UCLA after spending five days with his family in Denver, Coach Karl Dorrell interviewed prospective defensive coordinator Duane Akina all afternoon and evening.

No deal was announced before Dorrell and Akina, the Texas secondary coach, went to dinner together, and it was unclear whether an offer was made.

Dorrell, who is not talking to the media until his staff is assembled, interviewed North Texas defensive coordinator Gary DeLoach last week.

Today, Dorrell will turn his attention to hiring an offensive coordinator, interviewing Al Borges, who has that position at Indiana and was UCLA offensive coordinator from 1996 to 2000.

The five assistants Dorrell has hired met with him Monday to discuss recruiting. It was the first day on the job for running backs coach Eric Bieniemy and receivers coach Jon Embree.


Former UCLA coach Bob Toledo said Monday that he is not interested in becoming offensive coordinator at either Kentucky under Rich Brooks or at Alabama under Mike Price. Toledo's name had surfaced in media reports at both schools.

"I'm not ready to pick up and move across the country right now," Toledo said. "I've got this year to sit back and [decide] what is the best opportunity."

Brooks has expressed interest in Kelly Skipper, the Bruin offensive coordinator.

-- Steve Henson

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