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
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.
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.
Gary Barnett, Colorado Head Coach. Hey, he was the #1 target seven years ago, UCLA could very well take another go at him.
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
Mike Riley, New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach, former San Diego Chargers and
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.
Jeff Tedford, Cal Head Coach. The former
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
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.