I get everyone is on pins and needles right now waiting, hoping, searching for any concrete information concerning our ongoing football search. It is nerve wrecking and I can't blame folks if they are cynical about the process given the past history. It is also tough not to ignore the nonsensical chatter coming from traditional media blowhards on so many outlets.
Few folks have commented and asked for a "BN List" for preferred coaches. Let's reiterate what we have been saying again. We are simply not going to come up with a "list" showing our preferences. What we can convey though is to articulate who wouldn't be preferable options at UCLA. We have already given reasons for why certain names such as Mike Bellotti, June Jones or Mike Martz will not be acceptable options at UCLA at this juncture of our football program. We have also made it clear here why Kevin Sumlin is not going to be an acceptable option either. Read more on our criteria for Neuheisel's replacement here. In addition we have also heard some not very positive feedback re. Sumlin from friends connected to the Sooners family. More after the jump.
Apparently Sumlin while he was a coordinator at OU did not do all that great of job when it comes to scouting talent. Read this piece from ESPN on OSU stars, who could have been Sooners. Instead of offering studs such as Justin Blackmon, Sumlin offered scholarships to Dejuan Miller, Josh Jarboe, and Jameel Owens. Owens transferred early on, Jarboe was kicked off for being a complete screw up, and Miller has never really had a big impact. Of course not going for Weeden wasn't a big deal for the Sooners as they have been well stocked at QB over the years, but they could have certainly used Blackmon in 2009, paired up with star receiver Ryan Broyles. So the Sooner alums we know are not all that crazy about Sumlin either. That's why none of us on the frontpage are really holding our breath over him. We prefer he goes somewhere else.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for items to read, here are few bulleted items that are worth reading:
- Work of Art: Briles credited for returning Baylor to prominence [Daniel Youngblood, Texas News]
- Report: Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin Receives Extension, Raise [Outkick the Coverage]
- The Fitzgerald Era: Academics have always trumped athletics at Northwestern, but under the direction of Pat Fitzgerald, football has become no joke. Will he stick around? [Noah Isackson, ChicagoMag.com]
Of course the items above are only recommended reading. None of us are invested in promoting any of the names shared above. But they provide examples of coaches who have built or rebuilt a program on their own.
What else are you reading, thinking? Consider this your UCLA coaching hot stove open thread.