One of the most-mentioned names in the coaching search can be scratched from UW's list: The Fresno Bee is reporting that Fresno State coach Pat Hill met with a top FSU recruit Wednesday and assured him that he will not be leaving for UW. There had been earlier reports that Hill had set a deadline this week for UW to make an offer or he would take his name out of consideration.
UW may not have been ready to meet that deadline because it is apparently still interested in Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who is returing for a second interview, according to multiple reports. This would seem to indicate seriousness on both sides.
However, another suitor may have emerged when Auburn fired coach Tommy Tuberville. Some Auburn boosters immediately set their sights on Leach, who is the biggest name thought to still be on the coaching market.
Meanwhile, Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers also said that he plans to present Leach with a contract extension offer. However, Leach's agent, Gary O'Hagan, told ESPN on Wednesday that no renegotiations have begun.
Radio station KJR reported that Jim Mora will coach the Seahawks next season, not the Huskies.
Los Angeles media reported that USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian interviewed for the UW job.
There wasn't much public buzz around UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker in connection with the UW job, and Walker admitted as much, telling the Orange County Register that UW is "moving in another direction." Walker is thought to be in the running for the San Diego State job.
Notre Dame clarified that coach Charlie Weis will return next season. And that, of course, means that the Irish will not become a player in the coaching market this season.
Finally, here's a link to Wednesday's KJR round-table discussion of the coaching situation, hosted by Dave "Softy" Mahler along with the Times' Bob Condotta, the P-I's Molly Yanity and me.