Howdy folks. My first fanpost on BN. Here is the letter I sent to Chancellor Block and Dan Guerrero today:
Dear Chancellor Block and Mr. Guerrero:
As a very proud UCLA alum ('92) who will always be grateful for my time in Westwood, it has been incredibly dispiriting and sad to watch the gradual disintegration of our once-proud football program. My college friends--wonderful people and successes all--and I have all been through the same emotional progression over the past decade: disappointment, then anger, then disillusionment. Lately it has settled into cynicism, and a deep pessimism that anyone in authority cares.
I speak for thousands--tens of thousands, probably--of Bruin fans who want so badly to be excited on Saturdays in the Fall. We want to be proud to wear our UCLA gear in public, to tell anyone who'll listen how great our school is, instead of saying with a self-deprecating laugh, "Yeah, I know we're terrible..." We want to road trip to the Rose Bowl, to fly to big road games; to weave UCLA football into the fabric of our lives and family traditions.
College football for so many people is a tie that binds, a perfect occasion to celebrate, to come together with the people you love, to have fun, to pass on to the next generation. Or at least it used to be. For the past five years, every UCLA fan I know has gradually stopped doing those things. Not because we don't love UCLA, but because we feel completely let down, and like we care more than the administration. At least one of my friends, when called by UCLA soliciting donations, responds with "Call me back when we have a real football team."
College football has become in many ways the public face of a university. The face that we put out there has been pathetic: disorganized, behind-the-times, unskilled, and boring. Completely painful to watch, and as of last night, flat-out embarrassing.
It is time to show that UCLA cares about something that so many of its students, alums and fans so passionately do.
I have never in my life written a letter like this. But tonight's nationally televised disgrace on ESPN has pushed me over the edge. The situation is a travesty. And yet it's fixable, if UCLA has the institutional will, talent, and money to do it. I sincerely hope you do.
Kennedy Cosgrove UCLA Class of 1992.
UPDATE (BN): If you have sent emails and letters to Chancellor Block in last 24 hours and are planning to do it today or this weekend, please share it in this thread. If this thread fills up, we can start a new one later.
You can send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you prefer snail mail here is the address:
UCLA Chancellor’s Office
Box 951405, 2147 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405
His office line is: 310-825-2151
Keep it coming folks. Go Bruins!