Chianti Dan, the clueless bureaucrat continues to fiddle and undermine UCLA's head coaching search. Wazzu isn't waiting around.
Chianti Dan is inexplicably waiting until after the Pac-12 game, but with each passing hour, other more competent athletic directors are taking care of their coaching searches.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel is expected to be fired following Pac-12 championship game against Oregon with Boise State coach Chris Peterson, Houston's Kevin Sumlin and Cincinnati's Butch Jones the leading candidates to replace him.
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said after USC's 50-0 blowout of the Bruins on Saturday night that Neuheisel will coach against the Ducks next Friday but declined to commit to the former UCLA Rose Bowl hero beyond that.
Wazzu isn't waiting around and isalready trying to hire Mike Leach. ASU is reportedly planning to fire Erickson and if ASU makes a good hire, the Pac-12 South could go from a laughingstock to a real gauntlet. One of ASU's top targets is Kevin Sumlin. Again, we don't support Sumlin, but it would be another one of Chianti Dan's targets while Chianti Dan fiddles. Fire away in the comments.
UPDATE (N): This just in. Illinois just fired Ron Zook today. So that's another school now officially looking for a coach while Chianti Dan sipping away.
UPDATE X2 (Ajax): AZ Central.com is reporting that ASU's Dennis Erickson will be fired as soon as Monday:
On Dennis Erickson: The Republic confirmed Saturday that Erickson will be fired, probably this week, maybe as soon as Monday. However, as of Sunday morning, a time and date of a news conference had not been finalized.
That's one more program that is getting a jump start on UCLA while Chianti Dan focuses on the "big game" on Friday.
As gbruin pointed out:
Who among us would keep our job if we performed like Rick Neuheisel and Dan Guerrero?
Let him hear from you, because this is life until Chancellor Block replaces both Guerrero and Neuheisel.
You can do something. Bruins Nation is calling for a boycott of tomorrow's basketball game at the Sports Arena until Chianti Dan terminates Neuheisel.
UPDATE X3 (Ajax):
The Kansas City Star is reporting that KU head coach Turner Gill has been fired::
After a thorough examination of our football program, I have concluded that new leadership is necessary to place us on the path toward competing for championships in the Big 12 Conference," Zenger said in a statement. "I come to this conclusion reluctantly, because I have the utmost respect for Turner Gill as a quality individual who wants only the best for the young men he coaches."
KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little supported the decision:
In consulting with athletic director Zenger, I agree that in order to achieve the excellence we seek in Kansas football it is time to make a leadership change.
Unlike our incompetent chianti sippping chief bureaucrat AD, Zenger and Gray-Little comprehend the importance of being proactive in moving their football program in the right direction.