Bumped. This post went up on January 23rd after the collapse of Ben Howland's joke program on the Oregon trail. The season has only gotten worse since then. Time to ratchet up the pressure by contacting the Chancellor and demanding resignation of Dan Guerrero. Contact information below. As always, make sure to be respectful when you call or email Block's office. Fire away. GO BRUINS. - BN Eds.
Pauley renovation, falling donations, Student seating, a decade of Football misery, Coach Caldwell, Chianti cruises, Baseball facilities, non-communication, arrogance without cause, collateral damage to academic fundraising.
Those are only some of the lowlights of Dan Guerrero's mismanagement of Bruin athletics. Sadly, we can now add to his trash pile the erosion of our most storied and treasured tradition, U.C.L.A. Basketball.
This weekend's collapse against two barely average teams in Oregon and Oregon State shows me that Coach Howland has lost this team and this program. He has failed to bring in the right kind of players for his system, and then has shown little flexibility to adapt to the players he did bring in. Forget the NCAA Tournament. We are a game away from falling into the first day play-in games in our own conference tournament.
I see no light at the end of this tunnel. The only thing less palatable than watching the further collapse of Bruin Basketball is the thought of Chianti Dan remaining in a position to do something about it. So time to light up the phone lines and email inboxes again:
Chancellor Gene Block
U.S. mail address:
UCLA Chancellor's Office
Box 951405, 2147 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405
Campus mail address:
2147 Murphy Hall
Mail code: 140501
Keep your message concise, passionate, and professional.
Remind the Chancellor that our University is costing itself millions in donations currently, and multi-millions in future support by losing the current generation of fans. Remind the Chancellor that we are his constituents. Remind the Chancellor that the U.C.L.A. brand is becoming a joke under his watch.
It is totally unacceptable that Dan Guerrero is still bilking the state of California for nearly $700K a year while doing an utterly terrible job. Though it was discouraging that our outcry after the football season did not result in change, we do know that the pressure on Guerreror from the admin did increase. Now, in the midst of the train wreck that is our basketball program, we must further step up our pressure and finish the job. Call on the Chancellor to replace our Athletic Director with someone who is competent to rebuild our football and basketball programs.
Don't let the momentum lag. Keep calling and keep writing until Guerrerror is replaced.