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UCLA's Pace of NCAA Titles: Slowing Down Under Guerrero Hires

FYI- Who says there is a flaw in my hiring process? - Victor Decolongon

There is a crisis brewing in Morgan Center. Doughnut's official bio on the UCLA website (link here) states that under his reign of error, the Bruins have racked up 24 national titles. The number is actually 25, after the women's tennis team won it all last week.

Morgan Center is notoriously slow in most decisions. For example, it took years after the OPUG renovation was complete for the powers that be realized that they needed to add a practice court. But, one area where you can usually count on fast action is Doughnut's bio.

So it is only a matter of time before his bio will be updated, to tout the 25 titles under his "watch". BN has been consistent in parsing through the thin veneer to show how much credit Doughnut really deserves for the success of UCLA teams in NCAA championships. Here, for example, is an article which chronicles the championship drought which was only broken by the baseball team's run through Omaha last summer. And here is one which highlights the drought in men's team championships while Doughnut has been running the circus in Morgan Center.

Most telling, here is an excellent piece from KSBruin which compares Doughnut's record to that of his predecessor, Peter Dalis, who was a career bureaucrat par excellence. Dalis had the luck to inherit an athletic powerhouse, as built by J.D. Morgan from the ground up. And the Bruins did well in numerous sports, including our last national basketball championship and a Rose Bowl game in the year we should have played in the first BCS national championship game (his knee was down).

Under Peter Dalis, UCLA won 35 national championships, thanks in no small measure to success in men's volleyball (7 titles) and softball (6 titles). That is 35 championships in 19 years, a rate of 1.8 per year.

Under Doughnut, UCLA has won 25 championships in 12 seasons, for a rate of 2.1 per year. This proves that Doughnut is a great AD, worthy of massive base salary, massive incentive comp, massive contract extensions, etc. Correct? Not so fast.

Let's look at the 25 championships by sport, and see whether Doughnut is praise-worthy for each title. As a prelude, my view is that as the highest paid AD in the conference, and one of the highest paid in the nation, Doughnut should not get kudos for championships won by coaches who were already on the scene when he arrived. The only thing which Doughnut did in these cases was to thankfully avoid spilling a jelly filled donut on the floor right when one of these excellent coaches was walking by. Thanks to keeping the jelly, confetti sprinkles and sugar glaze in his own office, Doughnut did not send these coaches to the emergency room for broken ankles after a slip and fall, on the eve of a national championship. Doughnut should not be punished because he did not have anything really to do with these titles. But he also should not be rewarded.

Here are the titles by sport (alphabetically)-

Baseball (2013)- Coach Savage- clearly in Doughnut's plus column. The score is 1-0 in terms of championships which Doughnut can claim credit for.

Men's Golf (2008)- Coach Freeman)- another successful hire by Doughnut. The score is now 2-0.

Women's Golf (2004, 2011)- Coach Forsyth- already on the scene when Doughnut arrived. The score is now 2-2.

Women's Gymnastics (2003, 2004, 2010)- Coach Kondos Field- already on the scene when Doughnut arrived. The score is now 2-5.

Men's Soccer (2002)- Coach Fitzgerald- already on the scene when Doughnut arrived. The score is now 2-6.

Women's Soccer (2013)- Coach Cromwell- another clear success for Doughnut. The score is 3-6.

Softball (2003, 2004, 2010)- the first two were under Coach Enquist, who was already on the scene. The last was under Coach Inouye-Perez. That is one for Doughnut, two where he clipped coupons. The score is now 4-8.

Men's Tennis (2005)- Coach Martin- already on the scene when Doughnut arrived. The score is 4-9.

Women's Tennis (2008, 2014)- Coach Sampras Webster- already on the scene when Doughnut arrived. The score is now 4-11.

Women's Track (2004)- Coach Bolden- already on the scene when Doughnut arrived. The score is 4-12.

Men's Volleyball (2006)- Coach Skates- on the scene well before Doughnut arrived. That makes the score 4-13.

Women's Volleyball (2011)- Coach Sealy- another success story from a Doughnut hire. That brings the score to 5-13.

Men's Water Polo (2004)- Coach Krikorian- already on the scene when Doughnut arrived. The score is now 5-14.

Women's Water Polo (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)- Coach Krikorian- again, already on the scene. This brings the final tally to 5-20.

So, out of the 25 titles which have been won on Doughnut's watch, only five were won by coaches hired by Doughnut.

And look at the titles by academic year, based on the above tally-

2002-3 4

2003-4 4

2004-5 3

2005-6 2

2006-7 1

2007-8 3

2008-9 1

2009-10 2

2010-11 1

2011-12 1

2012-13 1

2013-14 2

Notice how the pace falls off the further we get into the Doughnut reign of error. In the first four years, while Doughnut was making his mark by hiring Karl Dorrell, UCLA won 13 national championships, all coached by leaders who were already present when Doughnut came on the scene. In the last four years, while Doughnut was again making his mark by hiring TIARA, UCLA has won 5 national championships, two of which were coached by leaders already on the scene when Doughnut arrived.

Hail to the coupon clipper. If only we didn't have to rely on his hiring "ability" as much going forward.

<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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