So Dohn reports today that UCLA-Leach talks have cooled off. Leach is not my first choice (despite some of the good reading material on him we flagged in last few days). However, here is the part of the report that is bugging me today (emphasis mine throughout):
I am not going to draw any conclusions yet based on a report from Dohn. However, the people in Morgan and Murphy Hall who are reading this post should know, we don't think Dan Guerrero can expect to get away by publicly saying one thing and doing something entirely else when it matters.
We love the notion of striving to make UCLA football a "national player" and pledging to be "competitive in the market place." However, it is more than disconcerting when we read the same old song about how "finances could still be an issue" wrt to hiring of next head football coach at UCLA. If UCLA administrators decide to revert back to penny pinching days of Pete Dalis, and complete screw up a coaching search for that reason, they will pay dear price in terms of public relations, and it will cause the next football coach (if we perceive him as someone they "settled" for and took the easy way out on) to start his UCLA career finding himself in a divided Bruin Nation and bitter civil war that made the UCLA community bitter and toxic during last days of Karl Dorrell. We are more than ready to fight this battle all over again.
So if I were the bureaucrats from the Morgan/Murphy axis, I'd work hard on making sure the few extra $$ are there to make sure we can land a coach in the caliber of Mike Leach. It makes sense to invest a little extra million here and there now, which will only reap enormous dividends down the line when the right coach has rebuilt the program like Howland and Savage. Its basic dollars and sense. And we fully expect Dan Guerrero to be well versed in it. If not as mentioned above we are going to speak out with the same intensity we did during the run up to December 3, 2007.