McCarthy, who graduated from the University of Washington in 1994, also coached at Nevada. UCLA spent part of the week trying to gain permission from USC to interview Norton, the Trojans’ linebackers coach, for a similar position at UCLA. Also, Embree interviewed with the Chiefs for their vacant tight-ends coaching position. Embree is an original member of Dorrell’s staff, and helped turn Marcedes Lewis into the Mackey Award winner as the nation’s top tight end. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! McCarthy’s arrival means second-year receivers coach Dino Babers could move to coach running backs, although it is also possible Babers may not return, sources said. Babers, a former running back at Hawaii, was the running backs coach at Pittsburgh in 2003. Dorrell, speaking publicly for the first time since Kerr was fired Tuesday, said he was “working through the process,” and was hopeful to have his staff in place shortly. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I’m still formulating a plan of the qualities I’m looking for (in a defensive coordinator) and, you know, it’s got to be an impactful person,”Dorrell said. “I think there’s some great candidates that are out there that I’m working through.” Dorrell wants a defensive coordinator with NFL experience, and sources said Dorrell has been given extra money to assemble a staff. “I think the school has made a very concerted effort to getting a very qualified individual to come in and do a great job,” Dorrell said. A new defensive coordinator would likely be able to bring in his own staff, putting the jobs of defensive line coach Thurmond Moore and cornerbacks coach Gary DeLoach in jeopardy. Sources said Dorrell like special teams/safeties coach Brian Schneider, who could take over as recruiting coordinator. “There’s nothing to elaborate about right now in terms of any other changes or not,” Dorrell said. “But there’s always possibilities of that,when your hiring the right person, and he needs the right resources or coaches to help in building that process to make a great defense.” UCLA’s coaching shakeup continued Friday when the school closed in on hiring D.J. McCarthy as its receivers coach, continued to pursue USC assistant and former UCLA star Ken Norton, and learned it will be a few days before tight ends coach Jon Embree knows if the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs would hire him. The hiring of McCarthy, who spent the past two seasons at Central Florida, could become official by the end of the weekend, sources said, and the firing of defensive coordinator Larry Kerr doesn’t appear to be the last change UCLA coach Karl Dorrell will make.