You may think we are obsessed with Chianti Dan...
It's not just his actions that are devaluing the UCLA brand, it's his words. I'm not going to re-write the latest nonsense from his "blog", but I'll just provide you some snipets here that should make any Bruin fan's blood boil.
His "blog" starts with this gem:
After an exhaustive search process, we named Jim Mora as the 17th head football coach in UCLA history last Saturday
Ummm...exhaustive? Your list consisted of Chris Petersen. Here is your exhaustive process:
1. Chris Petersen: throw money at him, get rejected
2. Kevin Sumlin: he's been talking to Texas A&M, let's talk to him too! Rejected.
3. Al Golden: Gene, you know him, right? he just signed an extension but we talked to him 4 years ago! Rejected.
4. Steve Sarkisian: coach in the conference....nope.
5. oh well, no one has thought of Jim Mora, let's go after him!
Again, no one knows how Mora will work out. I like what I'm seeing so far though. But still, it's the process that was mostly a disaster. If Mora ends up doing well, it will be because Chianti Dan got lucky. We are all absolutely pulling for Coach Mora, even though we have high expectations. But when it comes to qualifications, Chianti Dan was grasping at straws.
Anyway, that's water under the bridge now. There was another snipet in his blog that I found most revolting.
We all followed the gut wrenching loss of the men's water polo team to U$C in the championship, and the heartbreak of the men's soccer team in the semifinal against eventual champion North Carolina. The women's volleyball team is in the national semifinals after slaying some big teams and can still win it all. All in all, really great achievements and I'm sure the water polo and soccer players are disappointed.
But is this really something that needs to be pointed out as a matter of pride at UCLA?
By the way, UCLA is the only Division I university this year to have three of its fall teams compete in their respective national semifinal rounds – as always, it is a great time to be a Bruin.
Umm...is it really a surprise that UCLA water polo, soccer, volleyball, are in that position? UCLA is a powerhouse in those sports. This is not to take away from those athletes, they did great. But is it something worth gloating about? Not winning?
It is always a great time to be a Bruin, unless you are a UCLA basketball or football fan and Chianti Dan is the Athletic Director.