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Former Arizona Head Coach Jedd Fisch Interviews for UCLA Job: Report

Dec 28, 2023; San Antonio, TX, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Jedd Fisch reacts at the end of the Alamo Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While much has been said about Jedd Fisch and his loyalty in the coaching industry, Fisch pushed the envelope by interviewing for the UCLA opening despite being hired at Washington on January 14th.

Despite Fisch’s buyout at Washington being placed a ridiculously large sum of money, according to a report from WildcatAuthority’s Jason Scheer, Fisch did sit down for an interview with the Bruins.

 

The report was met with backlash from Washington fans claiming that the headlines were false and just a way to generate clicks, but Scheer replied to the accusations saying, “I hesitated to report this and I’m not the only one saying it so I went with it. He interviewed. Feel confident in saying it. I don’t think he will be the guy for multiple obvious reasons and I don’t know why he sat down with UCLA, but he did.”

Fisch elected to take over at Washington in the wake of Kalen DeBoer’s decision to succeed Nick Saban at Alabama. The Washington job was open for all of two days before the Huskies settled on bringing the former Wildcat to Seattle.

The decision for Fisch to field the interview with UCLA doesn’t make much sense, but his loyalty has come into question since his departure from Tucson. The opening in Los Angeles became available after former head coach Chip Kelly decided to team up with Ryan Day as Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator.

While Jedd Fisch’s off-the-field decisions have been greeted with some major backlash from fans, players, and sponsors of his previous teams, on the field, Fisch was one of the most impressive coaches in all of college football in 2023 leading the Wildcats to a 10-3 record and a victory over No. 12 Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl.

 

Before joining the Wildcats in 2021, Fisch spent time at multiple different positions across both the college level and professional level including stops at Florida, Minnesota, Miami, Michigan, and UCLA as well as the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, and the New England Patriots.

Following Fisch’s departure from Arizona, the Wildcats have turned to former San Diego State head coach Brent Brennan to lead the Wildcats through the move to the Big 12 Conference. Arizona kicks off its season on Saturday, August 31st against the New Mexico Lobos.

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