Maybe it is a hopeless cause, the hope being that the firing of Dorrell now gives UCLA the chance to move up to a higher plane of football to be among the elites. We cannot move up. The loser's mentality is too pervasive.
What I saw last night was a loss. Yes, many UCLA players played their guts out, but it was a loss. The final score told me it was a loss. A loss to a MWC conference team in a nothing bowl. A loss that stamped UCLA as a team with a losing record.
But if you read the myriad of gloating posts at other UCLA football sites, you might think that UCLA had just won the BCS title game. This is the mentality that will continue to keep UCLA from being anything but a middle-of-the-pack Pac!0 team.
It was bad enough to celebrate a loss against SC a couple of years ago -- at least SC was an elite team that year. But this time, the celebration is over a LOSS to BYU. Earlier in the season, a ho-hum, sloppy win over BYU was used as a positive measuring stick as to how great Dorrell was as HC. And now a LOSS to BYU is being used as a projection as to how great Walker would be as HC.
Since when has BYU become a measuring stick of UCLA football?
Yet, Bruin fans are celebrating this moral victory, building a case to promote Walker to HC. All this excitement over a LOSS to BYU -- I just want to raise my arms in surrender.
6-7, after a LOSS to BYU in some nothing bowl, and Bruins are dancing in the streets hailing Walker as some coaching genius. Against this backdrop, UCLA wants to move up among the elites? It's not going to happen. Those of us with higher aspirations for UCLA football are fighting a losing battle. The loser's mentality out there has too much inertia to overcome.
Just 3 words. I GIVE UP.