Arizona State Pulls Plug on Underachieving Athletic Director

Bumped with slight edits. If UCLA had a Chancellor who actually cared about sports and the Bruin athletic tradition, Guerrero would have been canned long before Love. - BN Eds.

While we continue to sink in the quicksand that is Chancellor Block's leadership, other schools are moving forward. Arizona State pulled the plug on Lisa Love, who had been athletic director for 7 years. Here is a telling quote from the new AD, Steve Patterson (presumably no relation to the UCLA star who coached ASU and passed away in 2004):

"It's time for our men's basketball and football programs to compete for championships and perform at the same level as our successful spring sports."

Patterson is a graduate of University of Texas and also went to Law school at Texas. The guy "gets" football:

At the news conference, Patterson likened the situation at Arizona State to the one at the University of Texas when he was a student there.

"We had a football program that had fallen on hard times after a great run - many, many years of tremendous success," Patterson said, "and a guy named DeLoss Dodds came to town and he wasn't so popular when he first got there and he was there when I was a student and he's still there today. And he's built one of the great athletic departments in America, one of the great sports enterprises in America. I think we've got all the resources to do that here and I don't see why we can't do it."

If you want some interesting reading, head over to Brad Denny's post in House of Sparky- you can basically insert "Dan Guerrero" everywhere you see "Lisa Love" and "UCLA" everywhere you see "ASU." The parallels are very interesting, with one huge difference. ASU president Michael Crow actually cared enough to step in.

So while UCLA remains mire in irrelevancy with an incompetent bufoon in charge of the athletic department, who has no clue about football or hoops, ASU just upped the ante in the Pac-12's arms race.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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