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Directors' Cup Standings- 1st Fall Release

Here is the only objective measure of success which counts for Doughnut's incentive compensation. Filling seats in OPUG is irrelevant. Filling seats in the Rose Bowl is irrelevant. Getting to a BCS game is irrelevant. Getting to a BCS January bowl game is only indirectly relevant, inasmuch as points are awarded based on football rankings, just as they are for team skiing.

The first release covers women's cross country, men's cross country, and field hockey. Not surprisingly, UCLA got ZERO points for these 3 sports, and sits comfortably tied for 74th with every other school which did not have a top 32 finish in at least one of these sports. The next ratings, in two weeks, will include men's water polo and men's and women's soccer. So we will definitely move up from our current 74th place position.

Let's look a little closer however at the current points. It is hard to get points when you don't field a field hockey team. Fine. We should not field teams just to field teams. We should field teams where we have the expectation that adequate support can be provided from Morgan Center so that the student-athletes can realize their full potential as members of a successful team. Field hockey doesn't make the cut.

But this brings us to cross country. Here we do field teams, and we have fielded teams every year since Doughnut descended upon Morgan Center in a cloud of sugar glaze in April 2002.

When Doughnut took over, the existing cross country coach was Eric Peterson. His teams accomplished little before or after Doughnut became AD. The men's squad made the NCAA championships as a team twice during his 9 years as head coach. The women's squad, for which he was head coach for 16 seasons, went to the NCAA's six times but never placed high in the final results.

After he left, Mike Maynard, as the head track and field/cross country coach, turned the cross country program over to assistant coach Forest Braden. We can now look back at the Peterson years as the high water mark for accomplishments as a team. Braden has led the cross country program for 5 seasons. That is 10 chances (5 men's, 5 women's) to advance to the NCAA championships and beyond. In that time, we have had 1 team advance to the championship meet. 10% success does exceed Doughnut's percentage in saying no to a box of jelly-filled, but still- 10%.

In case anybody thinks this is a super select field, and so making the championship meet is an incredible accomplishment, 31 teams advanced to the 2013 championships. And UCLA was not one of them.

Going back to the point above about field hockey, when UCLA fields a team, as they choose to do in men's and women's cross country, our student-athletes should be provided the necessary support so that they have a chance to maximize their potential and to succeed as a team. It seems pretty clear from the record that Morgan Center, under the "leadership" of Doughnut, is falling well short with respect to our cross country teams. Our student-athletes deserve better.

<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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