Potential Candidates for Head Coach

The rumors and talk have been flying for weeks about who the candidates would be for UCLA's next head football coach. Here's a very quick list to get you started...

Over the last several weeks, Bruin Report Online has heard about the potential list of candidates to be UCLA's next head football coach.


Many observers believe that athletic director Dan Guerrero will received many applications for the job.  Generally, the UCLA head coaching job is considered a great situation – sitting on probably the best recruiting base in the country, being able to sell Los Angeles, the west coast, the weather and UCLA's excellent academic reputation.


Of course, quite a bit might depend upon how much UCLA is willing to pay a new head coach.   See the previous article discussing the financial issues.


Obviously, many names will be added or taken off this list as the search progresses.


Top-End Candidates:


Mike Bellotti, Oregon Head Coach.  It's probably a longshot, but he was quite a bit closer to taking the USC job than most people believe. UCLA will at least check into the possibility.


Steve Mariucci, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach. Another one that seems like an entire longshot, but Mariucci had privately expressed interest in the UCLA job previously. 


Steve Spurrier, Washington Redskins. A report has Spurrier not liking the pros and wanting to return to college football.


Gary Barnett, Colorado Head Coach. Hey, he was the #1 target seven years ago, UCLA could very well take another go at him.


Other Candidates:


Walt Harris, Pittsburgh Head Coach. One of the hottest names in coaching right now and a very good quarterbacks coach.


Kirk Ferentz, Iowa Head Coach.  Another hot up-and-coming name in college football, having turned around the Iowa program.


Mike Riley, New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach, former San Diego Chargers and Oregon State head coach.  He's considered a very good coach by many in the college football ranks.


Mike Stoops, Oklahoma assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator.  Stoops has a hot last name given his brother's success at Oklahoma.


Mike Price, Washington State head coach. He is the magician of the Pac-10, doing the most with the least at WSU. 


Greg Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator. A former UCLA coach who really campaigned for it seven years ago.


Rick Neuheisel, Washington Head Coach.  Would the prodigal son return? The word is that he wants the job. And apparently there are UCLA boosters who are very motivated to bring in Neuheisel. So motivated that they're willing to pay the money to buy him out of his Washington contract and supplement his income as UCLA's head coach. But the question is: Will UCLA would be willing to take him with his baggage?  


Jeff Tedford, Cal Head Coach. The former Oregon offensive coordinator has done a good job of turning around the Cal program in his first season as the Bears' head coach.


Karl Dorrell, Denver Broncos wide receiver coach. The former Bruin player and Bruin assistant has a rep as being a good coach and a good disciplinarian.


Marvin Lewis, Washington Redskins defensive coordinator. A hot name who has been mentioned with many openings, he could, though, be the next coach at Michigan State.


Randy Shannon, Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator. Has spent time coaching in the NFL and college and has a rep as a very good coach.


Ron Turner, Illinois Head Coach. Has a good reputation and runs a wide open offense.


Rocky Long, New Mexico Head Coach. The former UCLA defensive coordinator could be auditioning for the UCLA head coaching job by his performance against UCLA in the Vegas Bowl.




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