Remember how the LAT took a cheap shot against UCLA about how our team finished 6-6, despite having 3 players named in the Walter Camp All American team? As mentioned on the home page, obviously a snark attack like that doesn't take into consideration, how the talent level in UCLA football was thoroughly gutted under the incompetent leadership of Karl Dorrell.
Pac-10 All-Decade standings
|Team||Conf. W-L||Overall W-L||Bowls||BCS||NFL picks||1st-round|
Taking a look at that couple of factors jump at me right away:
- Number of NFL draft picks from Westwood really show how Dorrell really failed to bring NFL level talent at UCLA. I don't believe we can point the finger at Toledo for this given he left Dorrell with enough NFL talent to build on when he took over in 2003.
- It is interesting note that despite the fact that this past decade was probably the worst stretch of UCLA football we have experienced in last half century, we still ended up posing a record of 9 games over .500
Anyway, the record posted by UCLA in this past decade is clearly not acceptable. It is the reason why we brought in Rick Neuheisel. We think he has us on the right direction as he is bringing in more talent via the recruiting pipeline, and has the team move forward in terms of the number in W-L column. I think it is imperative for Neuheisel to build on this season's record and win 1-3 more games next season, with another solid recruiting class. That way we will be set up to make a serious run the following season, and have the foundation set for UCLA level of success (producing our share of NFL talents, regularly competing for Pac-10 titles) for years to come.