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Nebraska football DC Tony White ‘gaining momentum’ for UCLA job



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Nebraska football DC Tony White is gaining momentum as a UCLA head coaching candidate.

In terms of Tony White leaving for UCLA, we aren’t out of the woods just yet Nebraska football fans. P.J. Fleck turned down the Bruins, as did Jedd Fisch and Brent Brennan.

Both of those guys were just hired at Washington and Arizona, respectively. Stanford head coach Troy Taylor was also interviewed this weekend according to Bruin Report Online.

Yet, the UCLA 247 Sports site reported that Tony White is “gaining some momentum” according to an insider update on Sunday from Tracy Pierson.

Taylor would probably be a preferred option for the Bruins. I’m sure they are looking for a candidate with head coaching experience. Taylor fits the mold but it remains to be seen if he’d leave the Cardinals who are transitioning to the ACC.

Eric Bieniemy, Tommy Rees, and DeShaun Foster who was a former UCLA running back, as well as a long-time NFL player, are also being mentioned. Foster coached running backs last season for the Raiders but also held that same job with UCLA and is also in the mix.

Tony White would be a quality candidate

My guess is that if Foster is a legitimate candidate, Tony White would have to be too. He coached Nebraska football to a top-20 defense last season and is also a former UCLA player. He’s also got a solid coaching pedigree and seems ready to be a head coach soon.

It just doesn’t seem like there is a true front-runner at this point and I have a hard time seeing White pass up a chance to be a head coach at his alma mater, even if the situation is less than ideal.

Taylor makes a lot of sense, but if he passes on the job, I’d start to worry as a Nebraska football fan about the future of Tony White.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska