For all the talk coming out of DyNoMite Walker’s little hype machine made up of UCLA beat reporters and message board shills, the guy didn’t even get an interview with Washington State. Remember how much time Brian Dohns of the world spent on reporting how Walker was a "candidate" for this job. The loser didn’t even get an interview:
Meanwhile, I think I have stumbled into another clue on who just might be some of the "sources" talking to people like Brian Dohn. Yesterday we talked about Bob Field hanging around Spalding field serving as a "liason" between the football program and the Athletic department. Well check this out from John Wilner (Brian Dohn’s predecessor at DN, who now writes for the San Jose Mercury News). Wilner parrots out some of the usual MSM lines about our job search but then pay close attention to his last two paras (emphasis mine):
Don’t believe newspaper/internet reports that UCLA is considering Texas Tech’s Mike Leach. He’s not a good fit personally, and athletic director Dan Guerrero knows it.
(I’ve been told that the Dorrell hire was out of Guerrero’s hands — that former chancellor Al Carnesale made the call. The Bruins would be wise to stand back and let Guerrero, who hired Ben Howland, do his job this time.)
And don’t believe for a second that Boise State’s Chris Petersen will listen seriously to the Bruins, no matter how many times they call.
As for alum Rick Neuheisel … tough to see that happening for several reasons.
Here’s one (a personal one): UCLA faculty rep Don Morrison is a sharp, stand-up guy who has dealt with numerous NCAA messes over the years.
I’ve known Don for a decade, and I just can’t see him signing off on Slick Rick. Nor can I see UCLA making the move over Morrison’s objections.
And these are the kind of people I guess who are serving as informants for reporters like Wilner and I am presuming doing the same thing for Dohn. No wonder we constantly have to read about excuses coming from the traditional media when it comes to UCLA football, giving us the impression of bunch of insulated, self-centered, pencil pushing bureaucrats, who are so comfy in that little bubble of theirs that they have no willingness or desire to stretch their imagination, and actually strive to fulfill the promise and potential of UCLA football. And they are enabled by sedated traditional media and a pathetic segment of our own fan base (See Menelaus’s post on "Dorrellistas") who are always willing to settle for less.
Of course nothing has been determined yet. And I am not going to draw any conclusions on Dan Guerrero until a hire is official. However, that doesn’t mean that I am going to sit down and stay quiet if I sense there is even a chance UCLA is about to the roll the dice again, putting us in the same FUBAR situation that has eaten away at the core of our program for almost two decades. I will never accept that.