We caught the Dan Patrick Show this morning. He had Pat Forde on as a guest. Forde, we gather from listening, recently made a switch from covering college football for ESPN to covering it for Yahoo. (ESPN staffers are not allowed on the Dan Patrick Show -- by order of ESPN, not Patrick.)
The discussed Forde's move and some other college football stuff. Eventually they started talking BCS and Boise State and then Dan Patrick brings up UCLA. This is a (very) rough transcript (you can listen to the whole thing here, the UCLA talk starts roughly at the 6:30 mark).
Dan Patrick: What are you gonna do if you're UCLA?
Pat Forde: I'd change coaches, no doubt about it.
DP: I think you've got to change the culture if you're changing coaches. You have to decide if you're all in and I just don't ... I think UCLA is sorta in with college football.
PF: I agree with that ... and damn them for being sorta in ... (some joking about how the SEC would not approve of our ambivalent approach to college football)
DP: I always thought that this was Chris Petersen's job. Is this job beneath the Boise coach?
PF: I would have said yes ... (then he talks about how conference realignment and how he might change his mind ...)
Okay, a few points.
One: Dan Patrick and Pat Forde agree that UCLA needs a culture change along with a coaching change.
Two: As good as Boise State has been, it's still quite revealing to realize that to most or many people, the UCLA job is beneath the Boise State job.
Three: With conference realignment and the big money coming in from the new media deals for the Pac 12, we now have the funds to make the changes necessary. The Pac 12 will be relatively weak next year and the right coach can turn things around and start winning right away. The time is now. We need to hire a proven head coach like Petersen, Meyer, or Leach before the new year.