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Chris Petersen and others snub UCLA

Post by Wiley » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:27 am

latimes.com/sports/la-sp-1205-ucla-bowl-game-20111205,0,550609.story

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UCLA has a bowl bid, but coach options appear to be dwindling
Houston's Kevin Sumlin is out of the running for coaching job, Miami's Al Golden is looking less like a candidate, and UCLA is now considering Jim Mora Jr. Bruins will play in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

By Chris Foster

11:10 PM PST, December 4, 2011

It was a busy day around UCLA on Sunday.

Houston's Kevin Sumlin was no longer a candidate to replace Rick Neuheisel as the Bruins' coach, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Athletic Director Dan Guerrero was waiting to hear from Miami Coach Al Golden, though that option was looking less likely by late Sunday, another person familiar with the search said.

The same person, also unauthorized to speak publicly about the search, said UCLA officials are now considering former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora Jr.

Meanwhile, the Bruins were picked to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. UCLA (6-7) will face Illinois (6-6) on Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m.

Call it the Interim Coach Bowl.

Neuheisel was let go last Monday but was allowed to coach against Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game Friday. Illinois fired Ron Zook after the Illini lost their last six games this season.

UCLA will be coached by offensive coordinator Mike Johnson, and Illinois by defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. And players on both teams will have to get past the upheaval.

"I don't think it will be tough to get them focused on playing the game," Johnson said. "Everyone is determined to get the football program back to where used it to be. This is a steppingstone going in that direction."

Johnson said he would meet with Guerrero and Associate Athletic Director Bob Field on Monday to "discuss the direction they want to go." That will include how to handle the current recruiting class until a new coach is hired.

Guerrero met with Sumlin in Houston on Saturday. A day later, Sumlin was no longer under consideration.

UCLA officials had reached out to Golden late last week to see if he was interested in the job. Golden was among five finalists for the UCLA post four years ago and could get the job without an interview this time. However, he and Miami have agreed to a contract extension that runs through the 2019 season.

Mora was fired by the Seahawks after going 5-11 in 2009, his only season in Seattle. He was 26-22 in three seasons with Atlanta (2004-06). His only college coaching experience was as a graduate assistant at Washington in 1984.

Johnson, asked whether he is interested in the UCLA job, said, "I love Los Angeles. I think UCLA is a great place to go to school. Anyone who works in this profession would have interest in coaching UCLA. To answer the question: yes."

Johnson said he has not yet discussed his interest with UCLA officials. Meanwhile, he will prepare the Bruins for a bowl game.

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Re: Chris Petersen and others snub UCLA

Post by Luca » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:58 am

Since having a losing stint on your record can derail your career as a young head coach, I suspect UCLA isn't all that attractive to a coach who is trying to build a resume.

There's not a history of notable success in the program, and UCLA has been getting killed in local recruiting by SC. With SC having a surprisingly good year and a young coach, it doesn't look really promising for the next several years at least for UCLA.

But then SC was in the doldrums and having trouble getting coaches before they brought in Pete Carroll, who as I recall was at least their 3rd choice. However Carroll didn't have another highly successful program to recruit against, either.....Luca

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Re: Chris Petersen and others snub UCLA

Post by pitcrew » Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:12 pm

Al Golden has passed too.

Link from LA Times

Looks like they are now hunting down Jim Mora, Jr.

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Re: Chris Petersen and others snub UCLA

Post by oceanvue » Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:24 pm

I think they should dangle the $4 million in front of his face and try to lure Rick Neuheisel back
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Re: Chris Petersen and others snub UCLA

Post by RPW » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:29 pm

I think the story about Matt Barkley not being invited to New York is a bigger story. Although that non-invite could be a blessing and he stays at USC. I hope he does but without the ESPN hype machine working all year for him. That machine never works out too well.
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Re: Chris Petersen and others snub UCLA

Post by oceanvue » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:41 pm

Just heard RB3 interviewed by Dan Patrick. Well spoken you man
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Re: Chris Petersen and others snub UCLA

Post by OPINIONATED » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:43 am

oceanvue wrote:Just heard RB3 interviewed by Dan Patrick. Well spoken you man
A descendant of Robert Browning should be well spoken. OV has sausage fingers or a very small keypad.

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