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I have no doubt that the successes we are experiencing in all other sports will only INCREASE the pressure on Dorrell to produce a Pac-10 championship this season. It's a good thing our football team will be wearing that "First to 100" logo all this season. It will become a scarlet letter for them should they fail to deliver on winning at least the conference championship this upcoming season. The day after Bruins win number 100, the following guest post from Maverick Bruin becomes even more poignant for our football program. While every athletics program at UCLA are either winning national championships or at least bringing home conference titles why should Dorrell be allowed to get away if he produces yet another mediocre season without a championship? GO BRUINS. - N

This is for those who argue that UCLA football has never been any good and can't compete with UCLA basketball in terms of tradition.

Let's stipulate that in the 15-year period 1964-1979, UCLA basketball had as great a run as any team in any sport has ever had -- 10 national titles, 14 conference titles, and 15 top ten rankings.  That obviously creates tradition right there, even though it was only 15 years.

But then take a look at the periods right before and after that 15-year stretch:

Conf. Champions Top 10 Rankings
1919-1963
Basketball 6 2
Football 8 6
1980-2003
Basketball 6 5
Football 7 7

The football program performed better both before and after the magical 15-year period.  (Note:  during those 15 years, the football program added two conference championships and 3 top 10 rankings.  Also note that I have not counted "PCC Southern Division titles" in basketball as conference titles if we didn't win the PCC overall because it doesn't seem like an actual championship.)

- Maverick Bruin

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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