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Another busy day of coaching news and whispers

Once again, there was no official UW word on the coaching search today -- and in fact search committee member Jake Locker said he's as curious about what's going on as anyone.

However, reports did come from various corners of the country that could impact UW's options and ultimate decision:

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, named Tuesday as Big 12 Conference coach of the year, was reported in Texas and Washington as having been in Seattle and interviewing for the UW job. However, Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said he is preparing a raise and a contract extension.

Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly -- who seemed a top UW candidate for about 12 hours -- now says that he will remain with the Bearcats, thanks in part to the university's commitment to improve the football stadium.

Oregon announced Tuesday that coach Mike Bellotti eventually will become athletic director while offensive coordinator Chip Kelly moves up to head coach. (See blog post below.)



But even as Oregon's news closes the door to Kelly it could open a window -- perhaps just a crack -- to Boise State coach Chris Petersen, who was honored this week as Western Athletic Conference coach of the year. Petersen has said he plans to stay in Boise. And he repeated that this week in connection to the new opening at Mississippi State. However, there had been speculation that he might have been waiting for the Oregon job to come open. With that job now filled, he could reassess UW's possible place in his career plans.

Clemson has decided to keep interim coach Dabo Swinney on full time. Swinney was never in UW plans, but the decision removes Clemson from the list of possible competitors for other candidates.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah officials are interested in working out a new deal to keep hot-property coach Kyle Whittingham.

Finally, Wednesday is the one of the hot-rumored days for the coronation of Jim Mora as Huskies coach. However, even if that time element passes uneventfully, there is no indication that the Mora talk will pass with it. Several new reports, rumors or speculations arose Tuesday ... some certain he's in, some certain he's out.

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