The program needs to regain its identity.
It needs to compete for the talent coming out of high school, at the national level...
It needs to have a clear goal in mind when the coaches sit with young men who are about to make the biggest decision of their young lives.
It needs to convince the parents of these young men that UCLA is the school that will nurture, develop the talent and guide, mentor the individual.
Being a proud parent of a Cal alum/UCLA SOL alum, and married to a Bruin alum (it was a tough Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesaday, etc... at our home), I am very grateful that the folks at these two outstanding higher learning institutions had the right staff in place when when the two most important people in my life needed the guidance and reassurance in making their decision.
The program needs a selfless voice that will inspire and educate.
If you attended the game Saturday night, you will realize that the predicament the program is in is well beyond USC vs UCLA...
Joe PA -- can't beat 400+ wins can you!!!
UCLA should take a look at James Franklin of Vanderbilt. He took over a team coming off consecutive 2-10 seasons that was expected to win only one or two games this season. He went 6-6 and earned the school's fifth ever bowl bid. He is the football equivalent of Tom Lasorda--he gets his players to run through brick walls for him, just after he convinces them they are supermen.
Vanderbilt has the same academic standards as Stanford without the great endowments. There number of academically eligible athletes in the South pales in comparison to the numbers in the West. Yet, Franklin has recruited a top 20 class for next year and maybe a top 10 class if #1 high school QB Gunner Kiel commits.
UCLA hired a Vanderbilt football coach once before, and I think that hire turned out well. Henry "Red" Sanders won a national championship in Westwood. Franklin did what no other Vanderbilt team since Sanders' last team did--win 3 games by 30 0r more points and average better than 27 points per game. With just an average field goal kicker, they would have been 9-3 and maybe 10-2, losing close games to Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida.
Guerrero HAS to go with a coach that already has national star power. He cannot afford to gamble with yet another up and comer. He has had a decade to bring the Bruins back into contention. Old Peter G. is 0 for 2 on football head coaches he's hired after firing Bob Toledo, so his job should be on very shaky ground. Frankly, I think he needs to find another line of work, yesterday. I was not thrilled when they gave him the AD job to begin with. I wonder if Terry Donahue is up for tackling the AD job?
SC fans, I recall a decade of the Bruins swabbing the heads with SC football jerseys, so you already know what it's like to suffer when the administration makes poor coaching choices.
The more I think on this, and although there are some names mentioned of coaches I really like, Jon Gruden would be THE major hire. Moreso than Urban Meyer at Ohio State because Gruden is a pro-style coach, an NFL elite level offensive and defensive maniac. The Urban Myth runs the high school and college only spread offense. If you are a 4-5 star blue chip that wants to play in the NFL, would you rather learn the pro style offense/defense under a Super Bowl winning coach, or a college only style offense?
Asst. at Ucla
2 super bowl rings
1 national championship (BCS) ring
Head coaching experience
Jon Gruden would be the most amazing thing to happen to the Bruins Football program since we won 8 in a row against the women of troy in football.
Gary Patterson might be a good choice but so would Jack Del Rio or Herman Edwards. IMHO the fan base is so antsy that it will take a big name, preferably a big NFL coaching name, in order for the new coach to have a fair chance with them and with the media. Given the shambles both Colorado and Washington were in after Rick left, I'm not so sure he is really a good coach - Toledo actually wasn't half as bad as we thought but he had the fatal flaw of never taking responsibility. Lets hope we get a good one who understands that games are won in the trenches and quarterbacks are only as good as their linemen make them.
T.J. Simers, because he knows everything
Jack Del Rio? Jeff Fisher? Pete Carroll? Are frickin' kidding me?!?!? Why don't you throw John Robinson on the list while you're at it! I would rather see UCLA drop football than begin some resurrection under the direction of someone with such deep, public, and longstanding ties with Figueroa Tech.
DeWayne Walker is the guy we want to get. He is the Living Room Closer when it comes to recruiting and he's going to have the defensive mind to scheme against RichRod, Oregon, and others.
"As a Trojan, I only hope UCLA doesn't get Norm Chow! He would be great for their program as Head Coach and would seriously dent our recruiting efforts. Fortunately, you don't seem smart enough for him."
Bro remember where you go to school - University of Second Choice; you drop USC in most parts of the world, they have no clue what it is. In Europe, I mentioned USC, and they were like "what's that?"
On the other hand, UCLA has a great international reputation. Maybe if you got into UCLA, you'd have a different attitude. Most people who hate the Bruins are Rejects - literally and figuratively speaking. Their just upset because they didn't get in.
Get outtta here bro....what's the world coming to when a USC student criticizes UCLA's reputation. Take a look around you.
Jon Gruden, Herman Edwards, Jeff Fisher, Jack Del Rio. In that order. Yes Chris Peterson is great at Boise, and don't get me wrong they are exciting but who do they play on a weekly basis? Once in a while maybe 3 times the most a year they will play a solid team but that's it. Jon Gruden is responsible for having 2 teams in the same super bowl and the one he was still coaching won... Herman Edwards tough coach with a great track record as well as Jack Del Rio, and Jeff Fisher. UCLA needs a successful NFL coach if it wants to not only compete with Usc, Oregon, but LSU and Alabama.
Mike Belotti, for instant credibility, if he can be lured out of semi-retirement at ESPN. He knows the Pac-10(12) better than anyone, and was 116-55 at Oregon. So what if he's 60 years old? So is Pete Carroll. Belotti is an offensive minded coach who could return the program to relevance very quickly, and he could 'groom' his successor.
Gruden would bring instant NFL star power. He is also a proven quarterback coaching guru at both the collegiate and NFL level who most likely would be running a West Coast style pro offense. That unmatched star power would translate well into 5 and 4 star player recruiting, especially a pro style QB. It doesn't hurt that Gruden has some roots in Florida and the East Coast from his earlier coaching stints.
Jack Del Rio would be intriguing, but he will get snapped up by a pro team for his well proven defensive team's prowess.
Pete Carroll isn't going anywhere soon, but a delicious pipe dream fantasy.
Gary Peterson from TCU is an awesome coach with deep recruiting ties into the south and southeast.
Chris Peterson has all the media time, given his success with Boise State. He is an excellent coach.
Mike Leach is intriguing, but may be too "off" for Guerrero (who should have been fired).
Gruden gets my vote.
I think a re-hired Rick Neuheisel should be the next coach at UCLA.
I don't know yet. But, before you guys hire C. Peterson, you better look at what happened to the two previous head coaches at Boise. Yeah, Dirk Koetter who was 26-10, and got hired at ASU? Where is Dirk now? Then, Dan Hawkins, who was 53-11 at Boise, and got hired at Colorado. Where is Dan now? Don't jump on Bill Plaschke's bandwagon yet!!!!!!!
It is between CHRIS PETERSON and JOHN GRUDDEN!!!! All Cali. boys!!!
Mike Leach is the perfect guy. Sure, you could hire Sumlin, but his success at UH is largely the result of an offensive coordinator (Holgorsen) who learned from...you guessed it...MIKE LEACH! He may be quirky, but how is that a bad thing? And if nothing else, UCLA games would be entertaining as hell to watch.
I think UCLA should go after Jim Tressel first and then Chris Petersen. Sure Tressel comes with baggage and UCLA would likely have to defend him in NCAA hearings but the reward for getting him is guy who has an awesome track record and a proven winner. AD Guerrero, think about it because this will most likely be your last shot foo.
PETE CARROLL AS UCLA'S HEAD COACH WOULD MAKE AN AWESOME RIVILRY AGAINST USC. THINK ABOUT IT.
Mike Leach!! How is no one mentioning him?
As a Trojan, I only hope UCLA doesn't get Norm Chow! He would be great for their program as Head Coach and would seriously dent our recruiting efforts. Fortunately, you don't seem smart enough for him.
#1 Tim Drevno
Alma Mater (Year):
Cal State Fullerton (1992)
1991-92Cal State FullertonGraduate Assistant
1993-95Montana StateTight Ends
1996-98Montana StateRunning Backs
1999San Jose StateOffensive Line
2003-06San DiegoOffensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Under his direction, Stanford's offensive line was one of the best units in the nation. The Cardinal allowed just seven sacks in 13 games last season, which were the fewest in the Pac-10 and second fewest country.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Drevno was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach four seasons from 2003-06 at the University of San Diego. The Toreros won back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA Mid-Major national titles and Pioneer League championships in 2005 and '06.
Under his direction as offensive coordinator, the Toreros led the nation in total offense twice
California (Orange County), Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Canada
#2 Rod Smith
Coached the quarterbacks at the University of Michigan from 2008-10 after one season in the same position at West Virginia University. He helped develop two of college football's most explosive quarterbacks in U-M's Denard Robinson and WVU's Pat White
Served as pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of South Florida from 2001-04. He was elevated to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for his final two seasons (2005-06).
• Guided quarterback Matt Grothe to 2006 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors. Grothe ranked 17th in the country and second among freshmen nationally in passing.
• A part of South Florida's first bowl appearance in the 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl and its first bowl victory, a 24-7 win vs. East Carolina in the 2006 Papajohns.com Bowl.
#3 Jack Del Rio
Pro Career: Jack Del Rio was named head coach of the Jaguars on Jan. 17, 2003, becoming the second head coach in franchise history.
Del Rio was the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2002, and the team's defense ranked second in the league after finishing 31st in 2001.
From 1999-2001, he was the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens, helping the team win Super Bowl XXXV. Del Rio previously coached in New Orleans (1997-98).
#4 Gary Patterson
In 2010, Patterson guided the Horned Frogs to an undefeated season and Rose Bowl championship. TCU finished second in the final polls with a 13-0 record, its first perfect campaign since winning the national championship in 1938.
The Horned Frogs are the only team in the nation to be ranked in the season-ending top 10 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls over the last three years. TCU has finished in the top 10 four times in the past six years. TCU's average final ranking of No. 5 over the last three seasons ranks first nationally.
Patterson's .778 winning percentage (98-28) is third among active coaches nationally with a minimum of five years experience.
Patterson's success on the gridiron is also mirrored in the classroom for his players. In each of the last three seasons, TCU has been recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as one of the nation's leaders in its graduation rate for student-athletes.
Since the NCAA began tracking statistics in 1937, no other school has finished first in total defense as many times (five) as TCU. All five of those No. 1 rankings (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010) have come in the last 11 seasons under Patterson.
1982 Kansas State (Graduate Assistant)
1983-84 Tennessee Tech (Linebackers)
1986 UC Davis (Linebackers)
1987 Cal Lutheran (Defensive Coordinator)
1988 Pittsburg (Kan.) State (Linebackers)
1989-91 Sonoma (Calif.) State (Defensive Coordinator)
Bob Toledo from Tulane would be a great choice.
To the folks that run the UCLA Football Program,
Take a serious look around you.
The boats have been burned; you are standing alone and in shambles.
Think outside of what has been rumored or discussed.
Gary Patterson of Texas Christian.
Your alumni and fans deserve it.