As noted by Quickhands, the guys over at CoachesHotSeatblog (who throughout this season piled up pretty good record on astute observations re the coaching scene in college football) have come out and blasted the ongoing UCLA coaching search process to date as a `great disappointment':
The third misstep was interviewing John Harbaugh. This is the move that absolutely makes no sense. Why interview another no-name position coach when you just fired one?? No one knew Jim Harbaugh had a brother before DG interviewed John. Now John is being considered to replace the mistake Dorrell?? We don't get that. We want to believe in Guerrero, we do. But if this goes sour, there are already some questionable moves to point to.
Nevertheless, let's review what we know. The only confirmed interviews have been with Rick Neuheisel, Norm Chow, DeWayne Walker, and John Harbaugh. That is not a great list for an AD who says at a big presser that the prerequisite for a new coach is successful head coaching experience. Of that list obviously we only have 1 such candidate, Neuheisel. If this is the list DG is taking to Chancellor Block this week, then DG will come under fire ... unless he picks Neuheisel (and even then DG will still look amateurish). Dan Guerrero is painting himself into a corner here. We don't get it. If this is the hire that will shape his career, as DG himself apparently said, then something is missing.
We hope that something is shrouded in secrecy. We know that there are other names. We know that DG is on planes, trains and automobiles ... we like that move. That is a great way to keep the beat press in the dark. So as we move into the week that DG sends his final list to Chancellor Block for review, we want to believe that DG is doing this right. He really has only one shot ... it's that big.
But for rest of us - alums and students - we are not going to sit down and just accept another horse-sh!t search process if it ends up with selection of CHOKER or the despicable, shameless hack like DeWayne Walker. If DG goes that route it will be an all out war against Morgan Center from hereon out. We are going to stay on them from the very first day, like we stayed on Karl Dorrell. We are going to lay down our markers for next years. And we are going to scrutinize their every move, every word the very moment they take over as the next "experiment" at UCLA.
Lastly, we will call out Dan Guerrero as big fat, lying scumbag, if he ends up shoveling the crap of Walker or CHOKER at the end of this coaching "search." We will do what we can to demand from Chancellor Block that he doesn't get a 3rd chance to atone for yet another mistake with our football program.
UPDATE: Dienhart's source was apparently talking about John not Jim. So the search in the public sphere remains a total joke, sham, kabuki theater, whatever you want to call it. GO BRUINS. -N