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Sarkisian is a bad hire -- and guess who's behind him

One of those people? Pete Dalis, our football genius emeritus. In fact he's the one who floated the idea to Simers. I don't know the others involved, but I assume they are related to his mindset, which shows that DG is not the only source of uninspired UCLA thinking. Hiring Sarkisian would repeat most of the flaws of UCLA's approach to football over the last few decades.

The only argument I hear in favor of Sarkisian is that he's from LA and can recruit. This "west-coast ties" theory is one of those overly inflated tropes that replaces real imagination in coach-searching. It's really no different in spirit than "he's a Bruin," which is why Sark's status as an outsider doesn't break too much in our tradition of going only after local, familiar names. Did Red Sanders have west coast ties? Did Pete Carroll? Did Urban Meyer have southern ties when going to Florida? Winning and excitement is all it takes to recruit to UCLA, and any great coach will form ties very quickly. Nor has Sark proven any special acumen and talent evaluation. His recruiting prowess is equal to Neuheisal's, as far as anyone knows.

Then there is the fact that Sarkisian hasn't looked spectacular at all at UW. He is not a superior offensive mind to Kelly, Leach, Kiffin, Rich Rod, Tedford, or Riley. He may be decent but he's clearly not spectacular, and he runs a conventional pro-style O which is hardly inspiring without tons of NFL talent.

And then there is the Nick Holt factor. Why wouldn't he bring Nick Holt with him here? And if we already have to force coordinators on him, he shouldn't be getting the job. Haven't we learned that already? Coordinators are a reflection of the head coach, and the fact that Sarkisian's top two choices for a DC were Rocky Seto and Nick Holt show that he really knows nothing about defense that he wasn't exposed to at USC. Big difference between hiring Holt (or Seto) from SC, and discovering a guy like Manny Diaz at Middle Tennessee -- as Dan Mullen did. Coincidentally, Mullen (who is also an offensive coach) still has a top 20 defense at MSU without Diaz. And it's not like Sarkisian is such an offensive genius that his cluelessness on D can be excused.

The news that Sarkisian talks spell the end of Guerrero is very good, obviously, but not enough to justify hamstringing our football program with the same old underachieving mentality that predates Guerrero. To me, a Sarkisian hire would amount to no break from our lackluster football past but merely a continuation of it.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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