With all the horrible publicity and anxiety surrounding our incredibly ill-conceived coaching search, I fear our fanbase is drawing the wrong conclusion about what should be done now. Every day that goes by without a coach is seen as an extra day of failure. That should not be the case. At this point, it is paramount to NOT RUSH INTO AN ASS-SAVING hire just to avoid further bad publicity, or save some mediocre recruits. That's the kind of hire that yields Moras.
If it were up to me, we would've had an organized Meyer-Petersen-Leach plan after the Arizona game, leading to Leach being our coach right now. Since that was botched for reasons that don't need to be rehashed, it's important now to take our time approaching guys who are currently employed. The impressive hires of Leach and Rich Rod could be made so quickly because they were out of work. For candidates who are employed, especially at BCS schools, a hire might not be possible until even after a bowl game. It is far more important to take every necessary measure to find a pool of QUALIFIED, TALENTED COLLEGE COACHES rather than rushing to hire an NFL mediocrity just to stop the bleeding. Ditto for begging a very poorly thought-out guy like Sumlin to take the job.
If we were truly reaching out to a group of promising candidates -- guys like Mullen and Butch Jones, or at a more secret level, Bob Stoops and who knows? -- it would take time. Time that we absolutely have to swallow at this point. Again, it might even take a bowl game to make some potential star coach available. So I urge all Bruins to make sure that the protests to the Morgan Center can't in any way be interpreted as calls for "immediate action" in a deluded attempt to temporarily shut us up. We must make clear that we demand a deliberate search of current and rising stars among college head coaches or assistants.
Panic led to the embarrassments of Sumlin and Golden, when neither of those guys should've been desperately pursued. Panic can only lead us to disaster now. There is still a way out of this mess, even with Dan Guerrero nominally "in charge," so long as we take the course that all recent history of good college hires clearly illustrates.
Just a note against misdirecting our righteous fury.