Iliana Limón Romero
There is no shortage of successful coaches at lower profile schools, but many of them are shunning the opportunities at what were once perceived to be elite jobs because they recognize the higher expectations. It sure seems as though VCU's Shaka Smart, Butler's Brad Stevens, Gonzaga's Mark Few and New Mexico's Steve Alford are staying put.
Florida Gulf Coast's Andy Enfield is one of the hottest coaches this March and certainly wouldn't be a bad choice.
UCLA could have a good shot at plucking away SEC coaches who have recruited relatively well and coached successful programs. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy has done well, turning in a .639 career winning percentage.
Usually the best choice isn't the popular choice. While many Bruins fans yearn to hear the names Shaka Smart or Brad Stevens, UCLA probably will only strike out on those two young coveted coaches.
The perfect (or as close as you can get) choice for the Bruins coaching vacancy is Washington's Lorenzo Romar. Raised in Compton, he has strong ties to the area. As an assistant on the 1995 NCAA tournament champion team, he understands the program and its standards. He was considered for openings there in the past. While his lackluster performance recently at Washington does not ignite excitement, he will be able to do more with more at UCLA.