To no one's surprise Golden reportedly says NO to Chianti Dan. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone here. From the OC Register:
Miami coach Al Golden is no longer a candidate at UCLA, the Orange County Register has learned.
UCLA officials contacted Golden late last week about the Bruins' head coaching vacancy but Golden informed the university over the weekend that he is staying at Miami.
Golden's decision to stay put comes after UCLA's first two choices, Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Houston's Kevin Sumlin, also turned down UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.
Let's remind once again to everyone how the timing of it was so absurd. UCLA got blown up by Arizona on Oct. 20. Despite being urged by high profile supporters Chianti Dan at the time refused to fire Rick Neuheisel by holding on for meaningless victories against Cal and ASU. Al Golden reportedly signed his extension with Miami around November 25.
If Chianti Dan actually had a strategic plant to pursue Golden the timing would have been right after the Arizona game and before he signed his extension. The basic idiocy and incompetency is surreal and it is mindboggling that Gene Block's UCLA is paying this guy almost $700,000 a year to burn our major revenue programs into the ground. So this is essentially strike three for Chianti Dan.
Also, for those who are visiting this site for the first time please take a look at our coaching criteria for Rick Neuheisel's replacement which provides reason why we are not going to accept washed out coaches or with anyone has ties to UCLA athletics from previous coaching regimes (that should cross of candidates such as Mike Bellotti or the fantasy of anointing Mike Johnson as the extended interim coach into next season.
We will ride this thread for now and post updates when they become a available. The Golden debacle becomes just one more reason why all alums should be calling Gene Block's office to urge the Chancellor to intervene in this process and prevent Guerrero from further embarrassing UCLA.