I nearly gagged on my own spittle when I read that Dan Guerrero announced that CRN is returning as head coach next year, presumably no matter what happens at next week's SUC game, even if we get creamed yet again for all the world to see and wind up a disastrous and disgraceful 4-8, 2-7 in the PAC-10 and 9th place in the conference, if we're lucky.
The subtext of this incredibly irresponsible and premature announcement is that the head coach (1) with the worst three year record in the history of UCLA football, (2) whose team has been humiliated and made the laughingstock of college football in at least five Pac-10 blowouts this year alone, (3) who insisted on playing the worst performing passer in all of major college football until he literally blew out his knee and was lost for the season, (4) who squandered the development of a clearly superior passing quarterback for almost a year and a half and (5) who is responsible for the most undisciplined, sloppy tackling, and pathetic defensive team in major college football today is somehow performing at an acceptable level for our Athletic Director.
In fact, his record is so acceptable, that his boss has now said he is coming back before we even know the outcome of the final game of the season with our arch-rival, before we even know if we win by some miracle or whether we stink up the joint like we did last year at SUC or like we have already done in so many humiliating and embarrassing performances this year. The SUC game does not matter. This terrible season does not matter. The first two years don't matter. Everything is okay in Bruin football land.
I thought UCLA was the place where "Champions are made." Give me a break. If Guerrero has already made up his mind no matter what happens against SUC this Saturday, then, when it comes to our football coaches at least, our real mottos are: "Losers are lauded, posers are praised, scapegoaters are saved, excusers are enabled and the incompetent are unaccountable."
Only now, after Guerrero's statement, the incompetence is higher than I ever imagined. He may be fine with our head coach's three year, program-killing train wreck, but some of the loyal fans of the proudest four letters in college sports are tired of the endless tolerance of hot air that has masqueraded as coaching the past three years at Spaulding Field.
Winning isn't everything, despite what Coach Red Sanders used to say, and every coach deserves a fair shot to get his ducks in order, but if a commitment to excellence is not demanded and expected after three years it will never be achieved. We have not only lost football games, we have lost miserably without even really competing, again and again and again in the PAC-10, for three years running. And Guererro is fine with it even if we lose to the worst SUC team in some ten years. Are you?
I think Dan needs to put some fire under CRN and his staff. This program is in critical condition. Complacency should neither be tolerated nor encouraged. Is it too soon to insist, "Beat SUC or else!" What say you, fellow Bruins?