The search is over!
In 2010 the UCLA Bruins finished the season a dismal 4-8 (2-7 in the Pac-10), with a defense ranked 95th in the nation (total defense) and 108th in the nation (rushing defense). There is no doubt that these numbers impacted the Bruins on National Signing Day where UCLA recruited a mostly 3-star class ranked 54th in the nation according to Scout.com.
In a year which cross-town rival USC is halfway through a two-year bowl ban, and could be reduced pending the outcome of USC’s appeal to the NCAA, the Bruins needed to capitalize on Trojan trauma in order to back up the bold monopoly words proclaimed by Head Coach Rick Neuheisel back in August of 2008.
After the 2010 season ended, Neuheisel explained that time would be taken in evaluating his coaching staff, and that he would like to “move quickly” in making decisions about his coaching staff. In two short weeks, Neuheisel fired defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough.
Bullough’s replacement search has been arduous. Neuheisel is looking for experience and flexibility (a coach who is not too tied to the 4-3 defense), and he is determined to find the right coach, despite costs.
2-15-11 Update: Joe Tresey is named Defensive Coordinator
2-19-11 Update: Inoke Breckterfield is named Defensive Line Coach.
Let’s look at a few candidates including THE final choice.