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NIT? Really?

Many years ago, as a kid, I ate Wheaties, the "breakfast of champions." After high school I was lucky enough to attend UCLA, the school of champions. Now as senior citizen I see my alma mater securing its place as the home of mediocrity.

Didn't Dan Guerrero say that a team with a record of six wins and six losses (seven losses after the Oregon game and eight losses after playing Illinois) deserved to go to a bowl game? Now Ben Howland says UCLA will accept a bid to the NIT if one is offered. Hey, Ben, is this how you honor John Wooden's legacy?

As Odysseus said, "We don't hang NIT banners at UCLA," so I direct this question to Gene Block: Is pride a thing of the past at UCLA? (Maybe a better question is: Do we have no shame?)

Diversity has long been honored at UCLA. New points of view are almost always welcomed — with the hope, of course, that they are based on critical thinking. There is, however, one exception — mediocrity. It has no place on our campus and has never been welcomed.

Does UCLA'a administration still feel that way? We're waiting for the right answer. So far, the evidence is lacking.



<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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