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It's time to pause for a lesson, one that I've learned from watching scores of coaching...

It's time to pause for a lesson, one that I've learned from watching scores of coaching searches. No. 1: Search firms are useless. They are a waste of money. And they often have agendas. No. 2: A search committee should be comprised of one person making the decision. Typically, that's a strong athletic director. Collaboration is overrated. A one-person search committee arrives at a coaching search already with a good idea of what it is looking for. It talks to other smart people -- in some cases lots of them -- but only in order to get information that informs its conception of what it wants in a coach. Let me give you two examples, apologies if Sun Devils fans who won't like hearing this: Arizona's Greg Byrne and Washington State's Bill Moos.

How A Competent AD Conducts a Coaching Search

--Fedora and UNC agreed on a 7-year deal. Five-year deals are usually standard for a new coach but...

--Fedora and UNC agreed on a 7-year deal. Five-year deals are usually standard for a new coach but Fedora received an extra two because UNC placed itself on two years of probation amid the NCAA investigation into impermissible benefits and academic fraud within the football program. --Fedora’s base salary will be $350,000 per year. He’ll also receive an additional annual compensation of $1,350,000. That adds up to a total package of $1.7 million per year. That number does not include Fedora’s media and apparel contracts, which he’s expected to sign with outside sources. Read more.

UNC Gets Fedora for $1.7 million

Tulane announces plan to build new football stadium on campus. 30k capacity, ready for 2014 season.

Tulane announces plan to build new football stadium on campus. 30k capacity, ready for 2014 season.

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Illinois Zeroing in on Tim Beckman While Chianti Dan Lives It Up in NYC

As Chianti Dan takes another vacation "attends a conference" in New York, Illinois is zeroing in on Tim Beckman.

UCLA AD Dan Guerrero: "San Diego State is now part of the Far East."

UCLA AD Dan Guerrero: "San Diego State is now part of the Far East."

Chianti Dan in New York
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Attempting to Judge UCLA Football Coaching Candidates Objectively

An attempt to judge some of the names associated with UCLA football coaching search and other possible candidates based on objective measures.

How Not to Hire UCLA Football's Next Coach (or, Chianti Dan's Criteria)

Notes from ongoing UCLA football coaching search.

Chianti Dan Meets with the Chancellor to Discuss UCLA Football

A little satire: Chianti Dan meets with the UCLA Chancellor to discuss Bruin football

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Coaching Hot Stove: No to Mora Jr., Fedora to North Carolina?

News and notes concerning items related UCLA football's coaching search.

Behind the scense with RichRod

Interesting article on RichRod's first few days at UA

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Media Clowns Pac-12 Title Game, Chianti Dan and Lifeless UCLA Football Program

The joke of the Pac-12 "Title" Game, or perhaps the Eugene Death March is getting attention and once again, Chianti Dan is making UCLA a laughingstock on national television. The embarrassing...

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[Update X3] Coaching Hot Stove: Chianti Dan fiddles, Pac-12 schools make moves

Updates and open threads on college football coaching "situations" around the country as Dan Guerrero twiddles his thumbs at UCLA.

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Coaching Candidates Thread: Urban Meyer to tOSU While Chianti Dan Fiddles

Open thread on Bruins Nation discussing on going football coaching searches in college football.

Attention Dan Guerrero's Replacement: Fix UCLA's Football Facilities (Part 5)

Part 5 of 5 part blog post series focusing on UCLA football facilities lays out arguments aided by video animation making the case why UCLA should implement a long term plan to build an on campus stadium in Westwood.

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Dan Guerrero and UCLA Football scheduling compared to Pac-12

More data points to point out Dan Guerrero's terribly flawed football scheduling in Westwood.

Attention Dan Guerrero's Replacement: Fix UCLA's Football Facilities (Part 4-The Pac-12)

In Part 1 of this series, we argued that a program of UCLA's historical stature deserves first-class facilities, especially for the football team, given the primacy of football for an athletic...

Stanford's training table uses latest science

Stanford’s new $20.3 million Arrillaga Family Dining Commons has dishes coded for Sports Performance, Brain Performance, Anti-Inflammatory and Enhanced Immunity

Attention Dan Guerrero's Replacement: Fix UCLA's Football Facilities (Part 3-Around the Country)

In Part 1, we argued why UCLA deserves first-class football facilities. In Part 2, we demonstrated that investing money in the football program can improve the bottom line. In this post, we will examine some of the premier facilities throughout the country.

Attention Dan Guerrero's Replacement: Fix UCLA's Football Facilities (Part 2-You've Got to Spend Money to Make Money)

Bruins Nation concludes it's two-part discussion on how UCLA needs to revamp and upgrade its athletic facilities if it is serious about maintaining its position as the nation's premier athletic school

Attention Dan Guerrero: Fix UCLA's Football Facilities (Part 1)

A look at facilities devoted to major revenue athletic revenue programs at UCLA. Bruins have fallen behind under the leadership (or lack thereof) of Dan Guerrero.

Simplicity means that the offensive package — often thought of as the playbook, which for NFL teams...

Simplicity means that the offensive package — often thought of as the playbook, which for NFL teams could run to hundreds of pages — gets reduced to the bare essentials. For Holgorsen and the rest of the Air Raid spawn, there is no written playbook. Throwing the ball against a variety of coverages and fronts is hard enough, but overloading your players with sight reads, multiple protection schemes, and shifting assignments makes the whole endeavor nearly impossible for 18- to 22-year-old players. This simplicity makes repetition possible. Indeed, Holgorsen installed his core offensive package at West Virginia in a measly three days; the rest of spring practice and fall camp was spent repeating those three days over and over to perfect the scheme, with additional wrinkles judiciously added.

West Virginia's version of the Air Raid

The Rivals.com recruiting rankings reveal a TRUTH that the folks in Westwood including Rick...

The Rivals.com recruiting rankings reveal a TRUTH that the folks in Westwood including Rick Neuheisel probably don’t want to face. According to Rivals.com over the past six recruiting periods Stanford has finished ahead in UCLA in recruiting in only… ONE YEAR That year was 2011 when Stanford’s recruiting class was 4th in the Pac-12 compared to UCLA’s 7th ranked Pac-12 class. In the 5 years preceding 2011 UCLA had higher ranked recruiting classes by small margins in 2 years and by large margins in the other 3 years.

Coaches Hot Seat

Does UCLA Football's Culture of Mediocrity Have Effects in the Classroom?

For years, UCLA football fans faced with diseased culture of mediocrity have been able to console themselves that at least UCLA's academics are better than USC's.  That may have been the case...

Watch a major college game, and the action gets weird. You immediately see plays that simply can't...

Watch a major college game, and the action gets weird. You immediately see plays that simply can't happen in a pro game. At the subdivision and Division II tiers, things get stranger still. And by the time you hit Division III, you begin to see football games that are more philosophical than technical. With no athletic scholarships and extremely limited resources, football becomes a game in which the system matters more than the play calling or the personnel. The polarities become acute. This is where you find the most extreme versions of contemporary football: This is where you find teams that still live in the 1950s and teams trying to play basketball on grass. This is the level where football changes — and also where it doesn't change at all.

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Dan Guerrero Cannot Be Allowed to Make Another Bad Hire for UCLA Football

If UCLA is in position to look for a new football coach in the market - a scenario that looks increasingly likely - Dan Guerrero should not be allowed to make that decision.

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Dear Dennis Dodd, Count the Rings

Is CBS contractually required to suck up to Coach K?  That's really the only explanation for this silly little article by Dennis Dodd, in which he asserts, without bothering to make an argument,...

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Anderson is not a Pac 10 player right now

Honestly, he looks like he'd have a hard time seeing the floor at Eastern Washington, Sacramento State, Northern Arizona, UC Irvine or Cal State Bakersfield these last two games.  He absolutely...

Hello Kiffin: A Brief History

A brief history/intro of the latest sleazebag-in-chief in "charge" of a corrupt Trojan football program.

BREAKING Hacksaw reports Neuheisel is hired

2pm Monday news conference.  Comment away.UPDATE, 1:08 pm -- M ESPN ticker during the Kentucky BB game is saying that "UCLA names Rick Neuheisel as new head football coach."UPDATE II -- T...

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Are there more candidates out there?

Many members of the BN community have astutely observed that the simplest explanation why DG hasn't made his decision is that he's not done with the process of collecting his prospects and...

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