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Ask Dan Question of the Week Q: Dan, I read with joy all the accomplishments of our athletes and...

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Ask Dan Question of the Week Q: Dan, I read with joy all the accomplishments of our athletes and all the national titles. At the last basketball game, I realized that Joe Bruin wears #1 on his shirt. That's great for UCLA. But we also have a player with that number and propose the following: What if Joe Bruin wore on his shirt the number of national titles UCLA has. It could change with each title but would advertise our accomplishments and would not appear to have favorites for any one player on any one team. Becky XXX A: Becky, thank you for the question. For UCLA fans, there may not be a more recognizable figure than Joe Bruin. Throughout the years, Joe has worn jerseys with different numbers (or even no number at all), though in the last couple of decades, he has primarily worn #1, which to many signifies the stature of one of the nation's premier athletic programs and universities. Your recommendation to contemplate using his jersey number to celebrate our (now-108) team national championships, is, indeed a novel idea. However, we have several other avenues to celebrate this accomplishment. For example, the Athletics Hall of Fame in Morgan Center highlights our championships in many ways, as will the stunning "welcome wall", which will be located in the newly constructed north lobby at the New Pauley Pavilion when it opens later this year.

http://www.uclabruins.com/ot/word-from-westwood.html I guess I owe Dan an apology. All this time I thought he was just running U.C.L.A. Athletics into the ground. Turns out he has been wrangling with these immense issues, and thankfully he used his blog newsletter to let us know that he continues to strap it on every day and deal with the pressing matters that affect U.C.L.A., while not getting bogged down by addressing any meaningless questions about the sad state of our revenue sports, and the lack of spirit on campus.
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