Big Ten defensive coordinator linked to UCLA head coaching job
Nebraska defensive coordinator Tony White is emerging as a candidate for the UCLA head coaching job, according to a report.
The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman said Sunday that while sitting Big Ten head coaches such as Brent Brennan and PJ Fleck are out, White is still amongst the possible candidates to succeed Chip Kelly with the Bruins.
White just finished his 1st season at Nebraska and produced strong results. The Huskers allowed just 2.97 yards per carry this past season, which ranked 2nd in the Big Ten. It marks the first time Nebraska has finished in the top half of the Big Ten in that category since 2013.
White has ties to the UCLA program as he played for the Bruins in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was a multi-year starter at linebacker and later started his coaching career at the collegiate level as a graduate assistant with the program.
Prior to joining Nebraska, White spent 3 seasons on Dino Babers’ staff at Syracuse. White, 44, has never been a college head coach. He has worked on the west coast before, however. His career includes stops at Arizona State and San Diego State.
Other candidates for the job, per Feldman, include UNLV head coach Barry Odom and Stanford head coach Troy Taylor.