Ok first off I never read this site it was linked from a UCLA site so I have no idea how credible Thomas Preston is but here's his top 5 candidates to replace Lute
1) Tim Floyd
2) Steve Lavin
3) Rick Pitino
4) Paul Westphal
5) Josh Pastner
I don't even know what to say. He calls Floyd's relationship with USC strained at best, which I guess is a polite way of saying if they go on probation he's fired, if the NCAA looks the other way, they will continue to let Floyd break rules. He does mention the shady recruiting practices but says UA would not skip a beat with Floyd at the helm.
He felt Lavin had a good track record at UCLA and took too much criticism, I guess this is the old UCLA fans expect a title every year argument, you'll note those same fans LOVE Ben Howland who has yet to win a title. If UA hires Lavin he'll set the program back several years unless they surround him with highly qualified assistants to do the job for him. If you do that, you might as well not hire Lavin. In over his head the first time, and lazy.
Pitino is obviously a tremendous college coach and a great recruiter but why would he leave Louisville when they will let him recruit guys like Caracter and Tyler because their alumni want to win at any cost?
Westphal, great player, obviously well known in arizona, was a complete failure as a college coach, I think he's an assistant with the Mavs right now. Great player, seems to be a good guy but there's no reason to believe he's ready to be a coach at a top program.
Josh Pastner. If you think like I do that Pastner was a big reason for the slipping at UA in recent years, then hiring him as a head coach seems like a reach. My personal opinion is as Lute got older and had some health issues he delegated a lot more to his assistants, and trusted them to do their jobs. one of them was Pastner who had a lot of responsibility for recruiting, who do we go after, who do we get. Josh signed some elite recruits, the problem is he did a horrible job of selecting kids that would fit together into a cohesive team, some of that was coaching but a lot of it was simply selecting the wrong kids. I don't see any indication that Pastner understood the difference between great HS player and a guy who will fit into a college TEAM.
I think the list is just in this guys' head because if that's a real list of top candidates, UA needs to go back to the drawing board.