Let’s get back to the coaching news and notes. And right off the bat a note for all of you don’t get all that distracted by the online campaign of the Walker freaks. We have laid out our arguments against Walker already. He is a shameless hack and an assistant coach who doesn’t have any head coaching experience and is not qualified to be the next head coach of UCLA. We have laid out the arguments dispelling his case numerous times. So let’s stick to those and not worry about giving attention to some silly website that is only rivaled by race baiting shills at the LA Times vying for attention in the interwebs by publishing silly blogs. So, if you really feel the need and urge to respond to some site, just do it over there but no need to bring attention to the Walker related trash over here. Again, if Dan Guerrero is stupid enough to hire Walker or bring in a combo of Chow/Walker, the target will become DG himself.
Speaking of assistant coaches with no head coaching experience, Music City Miracles, our SBN colleagues covering the Tennessee Titans are of course tracking Norm Chow. And let’s just say Titan fans are not all that impressed with Chow and sounds like they won’t be all that upset if he were to leave:
Last season Chow interviewed for the Arizona State head coaching job and the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job. I said in both instances that I hoped he would not leave because it would hurt Vince's development. I am no longer convinced that Chow leaving would hurt Vince.
Chow came in with the reputation for being a quarterback guru. He had developed guys like Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers and Matt Leinart in his time in college. That is an impressive list, but I am not sure that it translates to being the right guy for Vince. I have gotten the feeling this year that Chow is trying to make Vince fit his system instead of changing his system to Vince's strengths. Vince wasn't picked #3 overall because of his great pocket passing ability. He was picked there because of his play making ability. That is wasted pick if you don't take advantage of those abilities.
But enough talking about a shameless hack like DeWayne. Let's get to more interesting news. We have our first official mention in the MSM of UCLA-Mendenhall (emphasis mine):
Meanwhile, Terry Bowden, the former head coach at Auburn who put together an 11-0 season in his first year and left with a record of 47-17-1 is now openly campaigning for the job at UCLA:
Sources said the interest is mutual as there has been contact between UCLA and Bowden's camp.
Bowden, the son of Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, is an animated coach. He coached at Salem College and Samford University before landing the Auburn job. He has successful head coaching experience, but he's been out of the business for the better part of a decade.
He recently interviewed for the Georgia Tech opening, although Paul Johnson was hired.
Bowden was adamant that returning to coaching after a long layoff is right.
"I'm 51 with a fire I had when I was 30," Bowden said.
UCLA has to compete with USC in its backyard, a daunting prospect, but Bowden didn't seem fazed by the rivalry with the Trojans.
"There's no reason you can't (compete with them)," Bowden said.
"You've got the best of both worlds, which is very much like Auburn and Alabama. It's hard to be the best in your own state, but if you can be the best in your own state, you can be as good as anyone in the country."
I will take him over Walker or combination of Chow/Walker. Hopefully though DG as we have said all along is playing it close to vest and has a surprise in store for all us. We can only hope.