I got a call on Sunday evening (3/9) from UCLA asking for donations. I promptly turned them down saying I was unhappy with what is going on with UCLA Athletics, mainly unhappy with BBall coach and the fact a hotel is being built on campus and not a stadium. The person on the phone told me none of the money donated will go to athletics, but would rather go to the academics side, or to a department I specify. I reiterated that until UCLA Athletics gets sorted out with a new AD and BBall coach, I will not donate any money to any part of UCLA, period. I also dropped a line in there about how Gene Block is a huge part of the problem.
Something to remember while on the phone with UCLA donation people, they are still UCLA students working part-time to support themselves. Be nice, respectful, and polite. It isn't their fault Block has his head in the ground and Danny Boy is more concerned about get a Dunkin Donuts in Westwood then the state of UCLA Athletics.