The alums have done yeoman's work in forcing the inevitable ouster of Rick Neuheisel as head football coach. While it is commendable for their hard work, it is shameful that Dan Guerrero had to be FORCED IN DOING SO, and it only highlights the need for systemic change at the Morgan Center to rid ourselves the disease that is settling for mediocrity.
Hopefully this is step one in the purging and cleansing of UCLA football and UCLA athletics at large. The decade from hell is gone, and hopefully, HOPEFULLY, this is the dawning of a new era.
So now the question becomes, who's the next coach? Names being bandied about include:
Chris PetersEn (Boise State wunderkid): track record speaks for itself, but only cause for pause for me is his predecessor, Dan Hawkins. He flamed out at Colorado, is there any chance something like that happens?
Kevin Sumlin (Houston): not endorsed by BN, and seems like buying at the stock's highest point. Feels like that it'd be a race between ASU and UCLA for his services, one that UCLA is already behind in due to Chianti Dan's lack of decisiveness.
Mike Leach (former TTU coach): Captain Jack Sparrow himself, and my personal favorite. Churned out consistently solid teams at Tech, Air Raid offense would be ideal in the Pac-12 conference and the spread arms race. Name dejour, and plenty of coaches are presumed to be clamoring for his services.
Those are the three most prominent names being considered. Other names thrown about by the Twitterverse, message boards and others include: Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Herman Edwards (retired NFL'er but a Cal guy), Jim Tressel (tongue in cheek), Steve Mariucci (not again...), Jay Gruden (seriously?)
Throw out your favorites below.
To quote Bon Jovi: "Whoa, we're halfway there..."