Before I get to it, I should say that I've been on vacation the last week or so somewhere unconnected. Yes, I managed to choose one of the more eventful weeks in UCLA football news to step out. And I'm only part way through the dizzying amount of content you good folks have managed to put together.
In other words, I'm blissfully ignorant of the coaching search/possibly turned train wreck that might so cruelly give us the tragically and dynamically flawed duo of Chow/Walker.
So, I thought I'd start off with something a bit better for the soul- a sport where DG has already made a good hire: baseball. According to Rivals, the stars are set to align for our Bruins.Since the final out was recorded in its Super Regional loss to Cal State Fullerton last season, UCLA has looked forward to 2008.
This is the year where the stars are expected to align.
With nearly every position starter back this season, the Bruins are pleased with their offensive lineup. They also believe in the pitching staff's ability to put together consistent outings with sophomore Gavin Brooks as the headliner.
Thus, in their 2008 preview, the Bruins are predicted as the team mostly likely to take the next step:If there was ever a time when UCLA should take the next step, it's in 2008. The Bruins have appeared in the College World Series and have made several NCAA Tournament appearances. However, the program has yet to become a national power. That could change this season. Though the Bruins must solidify the weekend rotation with sophomore left-hander Gavin Brooks leading the charge, the offensive lineup will be one of the nation's best. Sophomore outfielder Gabe Cohen compiled impressive numbers as a freshman, while third baseman Jermaine Curtis and shortstop Brandon Crawford have the ability to be All-Americans. With nearly ever starter back in the mix, anything short of a June trip to Omaha will be considered a disappointment.
And why? In part, because DG brought us Coach Savage.
It's really pretty simple. One would hope that DG would remember something he's already got to know. Hiring the right coach can make all the difference. And Bruin baseball isn't progressing as it is because DG installed an ill advised tag team of a no-personality technician, and a shamelessly self-promoting journeyman assistant.