Time for a little balance. What with the pervasive low opinion of Dan Guerrero, I thought it would be fair to see if there were, in fact, some things that Dan did well during this latest search for a basketball coach.
As it turns out, there were. I consulted The Bamboozler's Guide to Athletic Administration, and found that Dan can rightfully check several items off his list as "Well done!" To wit:
Hide. Keep people in the dark. Suppress input. Work unsupervised. Outsiders' participation can lead to accountability, which is always to be avoided, except when accountability involves credit to be claimed, and banked.
Leak. Create misdirection through rumors. Leaks give you cover and autonomy. Leaks confuse the masses, and confusion is your friend.
Raise Hope. Hint vaguely at what people think they want. See Leak, above. Let people conclude what they want to hear. People will latch onto hope, however far-fetched. Exploit this, and give yourself more dark in which to operate.
Beg. First, and above all, find out who wants to come here. Then, you have them where you want them. Those who are uninterested or uncertain will require selling, diplomacy, subtlety, and tact. Those with built-in want and need have done your work for you.
Overpay. Perception is everything. If you want people to accept your hire as elite, you have to pay him as elite. Qualifications and past successes are unrelated to pay scale. Fat salaries make people say, "Oh wow, he must be good."
Gush. Give credit even when it is not due. For example, credit a new hire with responsibility for robust attendance at his previous job, even if that attendance was there before the coach arrived.
Contradict. Say you want one thing, then settle for another. Say you want change, then settle for same. For example, up-tempo style. And, no matter what you said before and no matter who you considered for your hire, say whoever you selected was the one you were focused on all along.
So, knock off all the nay-saying about UCLA's AD, everyone. As you can plainly see, Dan did quite well on several fronts.