L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers reports in his column this morning that UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero has talked to U of L football coach Steve Kragthorpe about the school’s vacant football coaching job.
The way I hear it, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero is on the road again, looking for somebody, anybody, willing to take the football job, talking now to Steve Kragthorpe, who can boast about Louisville’s 6-6 record with the best NFL quarterback prospect in the land.
. . . Steve Kragthorpe? Well, I guess at this point you go where the dart lands.
There are no sources cited here, but it should be noted that this is not a college football rumor site nor a rumor from the blogosphere. This is an item from a respected columnist for one of the nation’s most reputable media outlets. It also should be noted that in a separate news story on the subject, the Times does not mention Kragthorpe among the four leading candidates it discusses.
It may still be premature to weigh in on this. We don’t know the nature of the discussions or, for that matter, if in fact there were discussions. But at the very least, this raises questions.
After vowing that he was different from his predecessor and going out of his way when he arrived here to state that this is where he wants to be for a long time, all indications are that Kragthorpe at least spoke to Southern Methodist about its job opening. U of L’s football sports information director acknowledged Kragthorpe was considering a jump to SMU in discussions with a couple of local television stations.
If Kragthorpe has had job discussions with UCLA just a couple of weeks after having the “I’m staying” news conference, it’s not going to look good.
In fact, it’s going to look familiar. If Kragthorpe has talked to UCLA, it’ll be the ninth team that three U of L coaches have had discussions with in the past six seasons (Michigan State, Auburn, Florida, Notre Dame, LSU, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and SMU). And those are the ones I know about. Frankly, I thought eight was enough.
But at the moment, it’s hard to say how this looks, because we don’t know exactly the nature of these (reported) talks.