Here is my shot...
Chad Morris or Gus Malzahn should be the new head coach at UCLA. I don't want to hear anything silly about lack of experience and all that. As a former college coach and a current top high school coach, I can tell you that kids are attracted to excitement and high powered offenses. There are no two people more exciting in offense right now (maybe Chip Kelly) then Gus or Chad. More after the jump.
The spread offense originated in Texas high school football. I used to think it was the "flavor of the month," but it has hung on. Then a man child of a QB won a national championship in it last year and it changed everything forever. What is the "spread" really? It truly is elements of wing t, and veer in a 2x2 or 3x1 formation shell. You simply count the box to determine what you'll call from upstairs or by the sideline signaled to the QB. There is inside zone, outside zone, counter and read option. The inside slots provide the misdirection of the wing t and voila it is the "spread." Really simple, but when you put uber athletes in it, it makes a huge difference. Now truly UCLA's defense clearly needs some upgrading too but you never hear a 16 or 17 year old senior tout going to a school because of their great defense. Offenses put butts in seats.
The rage is Oregon, Florida before them (Tebow anyone?) and offenses like it (Clemson/Auburn) not so much for Auburn this year as the man child went to the NFL and is tearing that league up like no other rookie ever. But I digress, we have our man child. His name is Hundley. We need one of those guys to develop this kid, let him run what he knows, we have receivers we aren't using and kids are running from us in our own backyard scared to death of the pistol. What WR or QB wants to play in the pistol? HIre one of these architects of this offense, create excitement, hire a competent DC and you will be competing quickly for Pac12 championships.
The "spread" is a simple offense to install and it can be done in a few days over spring practice. You release the athletes to make plays and create matchup issues across the entire field. Then you don't lose kids like DeAnthony Thomas to Oregon. He is committed to USC and leaves. Yeah you could say it was the NCAA sanctions, but it wasn't. SC runs a pro style offense, 21 personnel. TE flanker and Split End. 2 backs. While in the spread 4 receivers are on the field at all times. Bingo! a kid sees he has a chance to get on the field and be one of the 4 a lot quicker then only playing 2 WR's. We'd all like to think kids want to "compete" but they want to play more then compete. And none want to wait their turn. It's two years and then NFL for these kids so they want more chances.
You didn't get Leach, nor did you get Rich Rod, so the next best thing is guys who architected the offense in TX and Arkansas. Of the two, I'd like Morris more. The blackmail job of Gus in Arkansas still rubs me the wrong way.
I'm off my soap box now. Discuss.