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Posted: Friday, August 3, 2007 6:18 pm | Updated: 5:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Negotiations are ongoing to make San Jose SaberCats defensive coordinator Kevin Guy the next coach of the Arizona Rattlers, according to a source within the organization.

A deal, however, may not be imminent and negotiations could linger into next week, with the earliest possible official announcement coming on Monday, the source said.

It is believed Guy and his representation have gone home for the weekend.

Blake Edwards, president of the Arena Football League team, declined comment.

Guy was among four candidates who interviewed for the position Thursday afternoon, but the only one who remained in town overnight.

Nashville Kats coach Pat Sperduto, Tampa Bay Storm offensive coordinator Pat O’Hara and former Rattler and current Utah Blaze defensive coordinator Hunkie Cooper also were interviewed.

If Guy were to become the next Rattlers coach, he will inherit an organization in limbo — a stark contrast from the situation he would be leaving behind in San Jose.

The Rattlers were 4-12 this season, missing the playoffs for only the third time in franchise history, while the SaberCats won the ArenaBowl on Sunday, 55-33 over Columbus.

He would also face the possibility that two longtime Rattler standouts, quarterback Sherdrick Bonner and wide receiver Randy Gatewood, have played their last game with the team.

Neither has committed to playing next season.

But it would be Guy’s first opportunity to be a head coach in the Arena League after three stints as an assistant and four years as head coach in Arena Football 2, where he is the league’s all-time winningest coach.

This past season, Guy was in charge of a defense that finished second in fewest points allowed, behind only Chicago.

The Rattlers, by comparison, had one of the worst defenses in the Arena Football League, surrendering an average of more than 57 points per game.

Gene Nudo was relieved of his coaching duties on June 20, just days after the Rattlers concluded the regular season.

Last month, the Rattlers had talks with AFL coach of the year Doug Plank about the job.

Those talks, however, fell through when Plank, a former defensive coordinator with the Rattlers, signed a three-year deal to remain with the Georgia Force.

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