Let's take a look at the candidates that UCLA should pursue as their next head coach.
Before we look at these six head coaching candidates who are currently a head coach at a Power Five school, there may be a candidate not mentioned that UCLA wants to be their next head football coach because they believe that he can lead the Bruins into Big Ten play and compete at a high level and make many UCLA football fans excited about the program's future.
This candidate led his team to the national championship game in 2022 and has the experience and ties to the West Coast to make him a candidate for the UCLA head coaching position.
When looking for a candidate that UCLA can convince to come to Westwood who has had success at a school that is not considered a football school and had success in the ACC, this is an individual UCLA should interview.
This is a candidate who has proven he can recruit and bring and develop players at what is considered a basketball school and still be very competitive in a Power Five conference.
Some candidates are looking for a change of scenery and who are currently coaching in the Big Ten conference but may be very eager to become UCLA's next head football coach.
This candidate may just be what UCLA needs to compete and be successful in the Big Ten for this upcoming season and years to come.
This coach may be a long shot of getting him to leave his current school but this offseason has shown us, anything is possible with unpredictable coaching changes in recent months.
There may be a ton of national media members saying that UCLA should settle for a coordinator or a coach from a Group of Five school or even a head coach who has a ton of experience but may not have the time and energy to take UCLA to the next level. The Bruins athletic department must think big and swing for the fences and if they miss, at least they tried.
No one is saying that UCLA must interview and hire one of these six candidates but attempting to bring in a current power five head coach who can have UCLA possibly competing for Big Ten championships in the near future and or even an opportunity to play in the college football playoffs should be the focus of the UCLA athletic department.
It is bad timing for Kelly to leave after signing day and before Spring camp and it is also is puzzling that he would leave for an offensive coordinator job in the Big Ten then stay as a head coach at UCLA who will be playing in the Big Ten conference this upcoming season. However, the Bruins must take their time and not rush to hire a new head coach this weekend unless they can get one of their top three candidates to agree to become the new head coach of UCLA.