Looks like Brian Dohn is up to old tricks, selectively filtering out "info" on his "Inside UCLA" blog.
Mike Leach is the toast of college football. Dohn is curiously putting out some revisionist history to give the picture that UCLA dissed Leach before settling for Neuheisel:
Leach would have come for less ($1.7 to $1.8 million) and UCLA offered Mike Bellotti about $2.2 million per year. But none of that mattered because UCLA's administration wanted NOTHING to do with Leach.
UCLA offered Bellotti $2.2 million?
Not according to Dohn's own reporting on December 21:
UCLA's search firm contacted Bellotti shortly after Guerrero fired Karl Dorrell on Dec. 3, but was rebuffed, sources said. However, armed with enough money to pay at least $1.8million, UCLA made another run at Bellotti, who is making $1,055,000 at Oregon. He also has a $350,000 buyout. Bellotti, who turns 57 today, was also the head coach at Chico State for five seasons, and has a 126-77-2 career record.
I got that from Nestor's post who excerpted Dohn's story that day.
Dohn reported last year that UCLA would go up to 1.8 million for Bellotti. 10 months later he is now contradicting his own report upping that amount to 2.2 million?
I get the sense that Dohn is trying to get his readers all riled up along with all the message board posters (who get riled up over anything) to create resentment over Neuheisel. If not why is contradicting himself and based on his own reports and making things up (if we were to go by his own reports from last December)?
Something seems really fishy funny with Dohn's 'reporting'.