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Peterson, Howland & Quick Thoughts On New Coach Talk

Thanks to whp68 for bringing our attention to this Mark Whicker column in the OC Register:

Petersen, with coordinator experience at Oregon, knows the Pac-10, runs the stylish spread offense, and is 23-1.

You would imagine UCLA might call, if it decides to fire Karl Dorrell.

The Bruins would have to load up. A 12th victory this year guarantees Petersen a $1.011 million salary for each of his next four years. He has a $750,000 buyout.

"People don't realize the strides we've made," Petersen said. "The salaries have jumped dramatically, the facilities are great, we've won more than anybody, and people love it here. I have a lake 10 minutes from my house and a ski mountain 40 minutes away.

"I'm not going to go down the road of saying never, never. Things like this are tough for coaches to handle. But it would have to be a special situation. I mean, I live 12 minutes from the office."

At UCLA, Petersen could spend 12 minutes at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood. At Boise State, his offense hasn't seen a brake light yet.
The boiler plate paragraphs about some really good head coach being "happy" at his current (lower profile compared to UCLA) program is a good one. Because it reminds me of paragraphs like these:
Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland doesn't appear interested in succeeding Steve Lavin as UCLA coach.

"I'm really, really happy here," Howland said Monday on the Mike and Mike Show on ESPN Radio, responding to various reports that name him as a potential candidate to coach the Bruins.

"I'm not planning on going anywhere. I have such a good situation here," Howland said, citing a strong incoming freshman class, a contract extension he recently signed, and Pitt's facilities. [...]

When the University of Washington job opened after last season and Howland was mentioned as a candidate, Pitt extended Howland's contract through the 2008-09 season. Howland 's total package, at more than $800,000 annually, makes him the fourth-highest paid coach in the Big East.

Men's basketball has become Pitt's top sports revenue producer, generating a surplus from $3 million to $4 million annually. Now that the Panthers have moved into the Petersen Events Center, every game is sold out.
Expect more of the same type of articles in MSM around proven, credible young coaches with legit head coaching experiences in connection with the UCLA gig in the coming days.

Through some good source I have had some decent info in last few days. I have a strong feeling that the search process for the UCLA football coach will be markedly different than what we had back in 2002 (when Guerrero was still getting settled into Westwood and preparing for the hiring of a marquee head basketball coach). I am optimistic about how this is all going to play out.

Meanwhile, while the drama is being played out in the backchannels, we are going to keep up our drumbeat from the outside. We will keep it going on all fronts until UCLA officially gets rid of the Doofus at the end of the season. It should be obvious by now that our voices do matter, and that the amazing work of is having its effect. I think the folks at Morgan Center and Murphy Hall know what they'd be in store for should they make the unthinkable and unacceptable decision of retaining the Doofus for one more season.

At least for now I am feeling more than hopeful that this movie is going to work out well for all of us, just like it did with basketball in 03. We will just keep chipping away. Onward ...