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Morning football reading: UW close to hiring DBs coach, Mora hires controversial strength coach

It was first reported by Bob Condotta and Greg Biggins that Oregon State's defensive back coach Keith Heyward will likely be hired as the Huskies defensive backs coach filling the place of Demetrice Martin.

A few calls also seem to confirm this happening.

Heyward is considered a very good recruiter. And he might bring a pretty good recruit if he is hired, according to Biggins.

If the Huskies make the hiring official, they would still have one coaching position left to fill. How they want to use that spot is not determined. They could have Heyward coach the entire secondary and hire another position coach for the offense or a full time special teams coach, or Heyward could coach one of the two secondary positions and the Huskies could hire someone to do the other.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach tweeted that Doug Nussmeier's name could be in the mix to be Alabama's new offensive coordinator to replace MISSOULA, MONTANA native Jim McElwain, who is taking over at Colorado State.

It seems a little odd since Nussmeier isn't even the play caller at UW, and would need to take over those duties for Nick Saban. Then again, how hard is it to call 45 runs a game.

Speaking of hirings, Jim Mora hired Sal Alosi to be his strength and conditioning coach. Does the name sound familiar? This is why ...

Of course, that raised a few eyebrows around Los Angeles. Columnist Bill Plaschke tackles the subject.

From his column....

He's Sal Alosi, he's the Bruins' new strength and conditioning coach, and his appearance here will surely test the strength and conditioning of the weary and exasperated Bruins nation.

Seriously, while everyone deserves a second chance, is a struggling football program in its first months with an unsettled new coach really the place and time for second chances?

"I understand the criticism, I expect the criticism, it's completely warranted," said Mora on Tuesday. "But I know the fiber of this man."

Lots of coaching links out there today ... Here's a Q and A with Mike Leach from the WSU website.

Arizona filled out its coaching staff with Jeff Casteel and two other West Virginia assistants. Head coach Rich Rodriguez says its the pull of Arizona's program. Hmm, Tucson vs. Morgantown?

Arizona State coach Todd Graham is making an effort to go after instate recruits from the 2013 class, hoping to get commitments. I wonder if he will promise him them he'll be around after one season.