LOS ANGELES -- UCLA interim coach Mike Johnson has been contacted about the head coaching position at the University of Akron, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Johnson was UCLA's offensive coordinator this season and was pegged to lead UCLA's preparation for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl after the school fired Rick Neuheisel two weeks ago.
Johnson, who played quarterback at Akron in 1988 and '89, did not directly comment on the Akron job Sunday after leading his first practice as interim coach, but said he was committed to staying at UCLA until after the bowl game even though the school has hired Jim L. Mora as it's next coach.
"We're going to go through the 31st and finish this thing off the right way," Johnson said. "We're going to come out and be pros as coaches and we're going to be student athletes for UCLA as players. And we're going to do that until the last second of that game on the 31st. Whatever happens and wherever guys decide to go, I'm sure it'll happen. It's part of the business."
Akron coach Rob Ianello was fired Nov. 26 after consecutive 1-11 seasons with the Zips.
Johnson has no head coaching experience, but was the offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 before joining the UCLA staff this season. He was a quarterbacks and wide receivers coach in the NFL since 2000. He has some history with Mora, having coached with him for a season when both were with the Atlanta Falcons. Mora was the head coach and Johnson was quarterbacks coach, though Mora fired Johnson after the 2004 season.
Mora has not yet met with any of the UCLA coaching staff to discuss the future.
"I don't think any past relationship has any bearings on what we do going forward," Johnson said. "(Mora) has to put together a staff that he sees fit and fill the holes that he has from the people that he's going to bring in."
Asked if he would like to remain on Mora's staff, Johnson said he would be open to that if the opportunity arose.
"I love L.A.," Johnson said. "L.A. is a place I grew up and a place I've always called home and I like it here. I'm capable of doing the job if asked to do it. I'm very comfortable with that. I'm comfortable with Jim, I know who he is, I know the type of mentality he's going to bring."
Peter Yoon covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.