Stanford's search for new coach enters second week

STANFORD, Calif. -- Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton and Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti are among the candidates to have talked with Cardinal athletic director Bob Bowlsby about becoming the school's new football coach.

Aliotti, Oregon's defensive coordinator since 1999, met with Bowlsby last week to talk about replacing Walt Harris as coach.

Lofton, who played at Stanford from 1975-77, has also had informal talks and is very interested in the job, his attorney Rich Nichols said. Lofton is currently the receivers coach for the San Diego Chargers.

Bowlsby has been tightlipped about possible replacements for Harris, who was fired last week after finishing the Cardinal's worst season in more than four decades. Bowlsby has said he'd like to finish his search by early next week.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that former Stanford assistant Jim Fassel interviewed with Bowlsby this week in Chicago. Fassel helped recruit and coach John Elway during his time at Stanford and was head coach of the New York Giants for seven years, leading them to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season.

According to a story in Tuesday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp has been contacted by a Stanford search committee to gauge his interest in becoming coach. Sources told the newspaper that Knapp, 43, would be very interested in the position.

University of San Diego coach Jim Harbaugh, whose father was once an assistant at Stanford, and Montana coach Bobby Hauck have also reportedly interviewed for the job. Other possible candidates include Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges.

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow, a finalist when Harris got the job, has said he's not interested.

Harris was fired last week after finishing his two-year stint with a 6-17 record. He had the shortest tenure of any Stanford coach since Rod Dowhower left after one season in 1979 with a 5-5-1 record.

The Cardinal (1-11) finished this season with the most losses in school history and their worst record since an 0-10 mark in 1960.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.