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UCLA has no shortage of potential candidates for basketball coaching job

UCLA has no shortage of potential candidates for basketball coaching job
Published On: Wed, Feb 27
Mar 21, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; UAB Blazers guard Hakeem Baxter (0) loses the ball as UCLA Bruins forward Gyorgy Goloman (14) defends during the second half in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KFC Yum! Center. UCLA wins 92-75. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The last basketball coach to win aA national championshipA atA UCLAA doesna€™t want to hold that designation forever.

Jim HarrickA readily divulges that he holds a deep, emotional bond to the school long after aA messy departure in 1996A that came only one year after he helped the Bruins raise their most recent banner insideA Pauley Pavilion.

a€œI dona€™t know that anybody understands,a€ Harrick said in a recent telephone interview, a€œbut you have a feeling, a tie there thata€™s undeniable. I want them to do well, I want them to get back to prominence and Ia€™m very, very passionate about it.a€

Thata€™s why Harrick also wants the Bruins to make the right pick in their coaching search. But finding the next coach capable of making a national championship run after a nearly quarter-century drought wona€™t be as easy as making a list and vetting it twice.

a€œTherea€™s a lot of good coaches in America; therea€™s only a handful of what I see as a fit at UCLA,a€ Harrick said. a€œIa€™m looking for the right fit for UCLA. Ita€™s the understanding of Southern California and has a great resumea€ that are the top qualifications.

Harrick, who made it clear he was not lobbying for any individual candidate but speaking generally about the job, said that resume should include more than a few lines of experience.

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