About time. Brian Dohn has an update on the situation in which she sounds ... well ... Dorrellian:UCLA women's coach Kathy Olivier met with her team and pressed forward with plans for next season on Monday, one day after the Bruins were pummeled 78-45 by Stanford in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament, despite the resumption of annual whispers about her job status.
"As far as worry goes, if I'm not in the Final Four I'm worried,'' Olivier said. "I'm competitive. I want to win every game. This is UCLA. I want to win and everyone around me wants to win."
The Bruins went 16-15 this year, with six freshmen playing prominent roles, but aren't in line for an NCAA tournament bid. Olivier is 117-123 in the last eight seasons. Since going 26-8 in 1998-99, UCLA has just one 20-win season. That year, 2005-06, UCLA won the Pac-10 tournament and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. Three players from that team, Nikki Blue, Lisa Willis and Noelle Quinn, are playing in the WNBA.
Olivier brought in a top-5 recruiting class after Quinn graduated last season, and while the freshmen played well in UCLA's win over then-No. 2 Stanford and other close games against then No. 1 Tennessee and then-No. 4 Maryland, there were also some questionable losses to Pepperdine, Idaho State and the seven-straight losses to USC, which UCLA finally snapped Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament.
"I really think we're right there,'' Olivier told Shelburne. "I've gotten calls from people all over the country asking how our main people can be freshman. But we're right there. We competed with Maryland, we competed with Tennessee. We beat Stanford. But the reality is, we just need to be more consistent."
Shelburne reports Olivier's contract runs through 2011. Sounds like an underachieving coach rolling out the same pathetic excuses we heard from our football program during last few years.
117-123 in 8 seasons at UCLA where she has access to so much recruiting talent? Are you kidding me?
I am hearing rumors that Olivier may not be back next season. Well something has to change. Because what she hasn't done in 8 years has not been working. There has to be a move in new direction. Let's hope it happens soon.