Some very interesting news out of New Mexico. Rockly Long, who IMO is perhaps the best DC Bruins have had in last two decades is stepping down as the head coach of New Mexico:
Rocky Long essentially fired himself as New Mexico’s football coach, saying he wants what’s best for his alma mater.
Long surprised the university and the college football community Monday, announcing he is stepping down after 11 seasons to make way for someone who can lead the Lobos to a Mountain West championship.
“I want this program to be on top,” the former Lobo quarterback said. “I wanted it be on top as a player. I wanted it be on top as an assistant coach. And I wanted it to be on top as the head coach.
“I don’t see it happening with me as the head coach.”
The most successful coach in New Mexico history, the straight-talking Long said he took a hard look at the success the Lobos have achieved during his term but concluded they can’t compete for a conference title if he sticks around.
“I’m a realist,” Long said.
Long might be stepping down as a HC but he is open to a DC gig somewhere else:
Long wouldn’t characterize his decision as a retirement, saying he hopes to coach again as a defensive coordinator. He worked in that capacity at UCLA and Oregon State before coming to New Mexico and is very highly regarded.
“It’s a lot more fun being a coordinator. You’re in charge but nobody knows it,” Long said to laughter.
Gotta love the candor.
Now, why do I bring this story up?Perhaps Long would be an option should Walker moves on to a higher position in next couple of years.
I think Walker has the potential to emerge as the best DC UCLA has had in last three decades. I think he is the best one since Long left. However, given who we have had since then - Nick Alliotti, Bob Field, Phil Snow and Larry Kerr - we don't have any one good to compare him to. Still, I think Walker is doing a very good job this year and it would be great to have him around for at least one or two more season so that we can see a finished product with the recruits he has brought in since he arrived in Westwood. If and when that happens, Long could potentially be a great option for CRN.
Just something to think about.