With the UCLA basketball search striking out on a third big name, the Bruins should turn to former President Barack Obama.
The UCLA basketball program is still without a head coach. After missing on big names as John Calipari, Jamie Dixon, and Rick Barnes, the athletic department now has to turn their attention to another target, but who will it be?
Does UCLA go after another top name? An up-and-coming coach? Do they wait for the NBA season to finish and go after a pro coach? No! The answer has been right in front of us the whole time. UCLA needs to go after someone that not only loves the game but has experience as a leader. So who better than former President Barack Obama?
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Obama is no stranger to success as he won the Presidential Championship in both 2008 and 2012. He also has an extensive network of people that he can bring in as assistants, one of the more prominent being his brother-in-law, former Oregon State head coach, Craig Robinson.
As the leader of the United States, Obama was in charge of the US military, which arguably has the best defense in the world. Defense is something that UCLA has been lacking in the last few seasons under their former coach and Obama’s influence could help them to instantly become successful.
On top of that, Obama has been known as a solid negotiator, which will help him on the recruiting trail. As a former student at Occidental College in Los Angeles and Columbia University in New York, he has knowledge of both coasts and should be able to attract top talent.
On top of that, he is the former leader of the free world that has taken on terrorist organizations, so top-tier college basketball programs should not phase him.
It is not their first choice, but it is a hire that will evoke change in the culture of UCLA.