What is wrong with disgracing the program that Coach John Wooden built?
From Chancellor Gene Block:
"It is disheartening for our Bruin community to be confronted with the type of assertions contained in the Sports Illustrated story. We take seriously any challenge to who we are and what we are about, and I am confident that any issues in our men's basketball program will be rectified."
From Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero:
"I have discussed the Sports Illustrated story with Coach Howland and Chancellor Block and we will continue to address any issues and concerns. Like many in the Bruin family, I am disappointed. That said, I know that we have, and will continue to provide, the necessary resources, education and support for all of our coaches, staff and student-athletes."
From Head Men's Basketball Coach Ben Howland:
"Like everyone else, I am always looking forward to improving as both a person and as a coach. I am proud of the coaches, staff and student-athletes in our program, and I look forward to our future."
They hired a crisis management firm to come up with this?
As noted in the comment thread to this post, there are no denials in these bland statements. That makes the story even more appalling and disgusting when it comes to the way Howland handled issues related to abuse in Westwood.
UCLA Athletics has called a "teleconference" at 12 pm PST. That is pretty telling because it appears they are probably inviting hand-picked reporters who they are most comfortable with and perhaps hoping to get comfortable questions about this debacle.