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Who should be the next football coach at UCLA? [Poll]

November 29, 2011 |  9:58 am

Rick Neuheisel is out as UCLA's football coach; so who will be in?

Boise State's Chris Petersen is said to be the top choice at UCLA. The Times' Bill Plaschke agrees with the idea:

Petersen transformed an unknown outpost like Boise State into a team that has lost six games in six years, won two Bowl Championship Series bowl games, and is two missed field-goal tries from potentially playing for the national title the last two seasons. Petersen also transformed unknown Kellen Moore into a Heisman Trophy candidate, which could answer the other pressing question: Why can't UCLA ever have a great quarterback?

Houston's Kevin Sumlin is also said to be on UCLA's short list.

There are other interesting options out there. Jack Del Rio, a former All-American linebacker at USC, was fired Tuesday in his ninth season as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs coach Herm Edwards seems to be a popular choice among some Times readers.

And, of course, it wouldn't be a coaching search if former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden's name didn't come up.

Who do you think should be the next coach of the Bruins? Vote in the poll and leave a comment explaining why you voted the way you did.


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— Chuck Schilken