Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
cross-posted from DumpDorrell.com
Today we leave the Bruin internet pretty darn satisfied. We accomplished what we set out to do and got what we wanted. Bruin football is in great hands now, and the future looks very bright. The excitement around our football program is as uplifting, if not more, as the excitement around our basketball program was when we hired Ben Howland. We are already seeing the benefits of the change in leadership. UCLA football is back, and we can all now go back to being just fans again.
We have to thank Dan Guerrero for keeping his promise and doing the right thing - he made a commitment to excellence. For the first time in 40 years(!) UCLA football has chartered a new and promising course. We fired a coach after 5 years of non-performance. And, we hired, at long last, a football coach with successful experience. These two events are not foreign to UCLA football, we have done better in the past. But they were foreign to those who have occupied Morgan Center and Murphy Hall for far too long. Thankfully, Dan Guerrero looked to our distant past for answers and he made the right decisions. Guerrero renewed a precedent that once served us well and, we are most confident, will lead our football program to a stronger and better future.
We feel pretty good about our role in this change too. We started this blog nearly 2 years ago on a lark. We thought it would be fun to get our punches in on the debate regarding our football team. We had a couple of failed dry runs until we settled on this blogging platform, and then got going pretty hard the Summer of '06. We got to 100 visitors a day pretty quickly and we thought it was crazy that that many people would read what we had to say. When thousands started visiting this site daily we realized that Bruin football fans now looked to us to do more than just blog, they were passionate about Bruin football and wanted to see change. Soon we had a mission and we took it seriously. We did have fun, but soon after starting this blog we set out to get the job done.
People may argue whether blogs like ours or BruinsNation.com had any impact in the decision to fire Dorrell and/or hire a successful experienced coach in his place. Regular DumpDorrell and BruinsNation readers know better than anyone the impact we have had. There were far too many posts to mention on both our sites that shaped news and opinion on Bruin football beyond the internet, but here are some:
- The initial petition that got nationwide attention on Sports Illustrated's website, among others.
- The numerous news articles published locally and around the conference about our movement.
- The numerous radio interviews locally, nationally and on the internet.
- The Eric Scott arrest and subsequent revelation of previous convictions and his improper hiring.
- The revelation that Dorrell fired an assistant by text message.
- The complete annihilation of Kurt Streeter's tabloid hit piece on UCLA, so much that his media colleagues dismissed his work live on air, and the exposure of his psychotic thinking by a DD reader.
- That was followed with the exposure by a DD reader of Karl Dorrell's apology regarding Streeter's piece, and his later public announcement distancing himself from it.
- The exposure by a DD reader of the football program's faculty liaison Don Morrison as a pompous administrator, out of touch with his constituency, and his subsequent public apology for his unacceptable attack on a DD reader and Bruin football fan.
- The Daily Bruin ad that changed the perception on campus towards our football program, galvanized alumni to make a change, and made Dorrell's firing an inevitability. It is no accident that Dan Guerrero later said at a presser that he was looking for "successful experience" to replace Dorrell, the exact words used in the ad.
- The List of Karl Dorrell's record that was passed around the Bruin internet virally and repeated in news articles in bits and pieces that made our case obvious and about performance.
We could note many others of course. We point all this out for a simple reason. We want to show that we have proven a time-tested truth, that united we can do anything. DumpDorrell simply was an organizing tool for the faithful. People came here to get news and a different take sure. But DD was always about change and DD readers knew that. When we asked you to act you did. You sent your emails to Dan Guerrero, to Chancellor Block, to Karl Dorrell, to the news media, to Kurt Streeter, to Don Morrison. You got on the radio stations and called Morgan Center. You signed the petition. And 47 of you paid $2,400 for the Daily Bruin ads (thank you again DD 47!). THAT was the reason UCLA has a new football coach and is set on a new direction. We got what we wanted despite the overwhelming local media bias and support to save Dorrell and campaign to hire the inexperienced DeWayne Walker. This was a people's victory. It came from the bottom up. We can affect change again at any time if we have the will. We all know that now.
Thankfully change did come. We knew that we at DD would stop posting after this season no matter what happened. We told other Bruin site operators privately that we couldn't commit the time necessary to do the job right any more past this season. So if Dorrell had been given one more year, we would not have been here to continue the battle. Again, thanks to all Bruin fans' efforts, especially DD and BruinsNation readers, it didn't end up mattering. But we meant what we said. We are at the end of the road of our blogging career. We achieved our goal so we are done. Many have asked us to continue on in some new form. We won't be doing that. Instead, we will most likely disappear from the Bruin internet for a long while. We are happy to be just fans again.
We ask you to go visit BruinsNation, the best Bruin site there is. Also, we recommend BruinRoar, who posts very informative and interesting takes on all things Bruin. We also recommend Bruinville for daily Bruin news and they also have a forum.
We will keep this site up as a historical record of the fight to get our football program committed to excellence. Although we will not publish any more, making these posts available as an archive is important in our opinion. We know that we will be coming back to read about past games and past skirmishes in the battle to win back our football program. Also, when the inevitable posturing about our team begins again we can look back to the record as evidence. We don't know how long this site will be up, but another Bruin site might host it if we no longer can. So it will be up for a while.
We wish the best for Karl Dorrell. There certainly might be a program out there where he would be a good fit as head coach. Simply because that program wasn't UCLA doesn't mean it can't be somewhere else. We hope Karl Dorrell gets that chance to coach again and wish him the best in any endeavor he takes on.
So, here is our farewell. Thank you all for your support and efforts. We are proud to have done our part. Now we have some exciting football to look forward to!!! Go Bruins!!!