UCLA Bruins Finish 7th in Directors' Cup, Thanks to Coaches Not Hired by Guerrero

Here's to our student-athletes, even if Guerrero takes underserved credit for their success - Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA slipped to a 7th place finish in the 2014 Directors' Cup, the 3rd worst showing in Guerrero's reign of error. It would have been worse, but holdover coaches from before Dan's time came through for the program. The net result of a top 10 finish with coaches he did not hire? Maximum incentive bonus for Guerrero. Arrgh.

The UCLA women came through big-time in 2013-14, winning two national titles and finishing 2nd to Florida in the more rationally scored Capital One Cup standings for women's sports. The men came up short big time, finishing 27th, behind such athletic powerhouses as North Dakota State, Denver and Towson.

This marked the 7th year in Doughnut's 12 year tenure that the men have not won a national title, and the 5th time in the last six years without a crown on the men's side.

The Capital One Cup and the number of national championships are based on success. The Directors' Cup is based more on participation, which is why Doughnut would want Block to measure his performance with the Directors' Cup.

Here is the UCLA year-by-year record in the Directors' Cup, and the number of coaches on staff who were hired by Doughnut. You will notice a pretty strong reverse correlation, with the program doing better in the Directors' Cup standings the fewer coaches hired by Doughnut.

2003 (Doughnut was hired in 4/02, so should not be measured for 2002)   6th place.  -0- of 22 coaches hired by Doughnut. Four national titles, 1 for the men and 3 for the women.

2004- 3rd place. 3 programs headed by Doughnut-hired coaches, including his 2nd overall hire- Karl Dorrell (should have known we were in for misery of historic proportions). Three national titles, all for the women.

2005- 3rd place. 5 programs headed by Doughnut-hired coaches. Three national titles, 2 for the men and 1 for the women.

2006- 2nd place. No additional programs led by Doughnut hires. Bruins reach high water mark in Directors' Cup standings, with 17 of 22 programs led by coaches who preceded Doughnut to Westwood. Two national titles, 1 for the men and 1 for the women.

2007- 2nd place. 6 out of 22 programs headed by Doughnut-hired coaches. One national title, won by the women.

2008- 2nd place for the 3rd straight year, a mark not reached since. No additional programs led by Doughnut hires. Three national titles, 1 for the men and 2 for the women.

2009- 16th place, the low water mark under Doughnut. 7 out of 22 programs headed by Doughnut-hired coaches. One national title, won by the women.

This was the last year that a majority of the 22 programs were led by coaches not hired by Doughnut. During these first seven years of Doughnut's reign of error, the Bruins racked up three 2nd place finishes in the Director's Cup, and won 17 national titles (2.4 titles per year on average).

2010- 4th place. 12 out of 22 programs headed by Doughnut-hired coaches. Two national titles, both by the women.

2011- 11th place. 13 out of 22 programs headed by Doughnut-hired coaches. One national title, won by the women.

2012- 3rd place (high water mark for the period with Doughnut hires in the majority). 14 out of 22 programs headed by Doughnut-hired coaches. One national title, won by the women.

2013- 3rd place (ties for the high water mark in the Doughnut majority period). 15 out of 22 programs headed by Doughnut-hired coaches. One national title (baseball)- the first men's title since 2008.

2014- 7th place. 16 out of 22 programs headed by Doughnut-hired coaches. Two national titles, both by the women.

In the past five years, with the majority of coaches hired by Doughnut, the Bruins have never finished better than 3rd in the Directors' Cup, and have won seven national titles (1.4 titles per year on average).

As mentioned above, the Directors' Cup rewards participation. If you can finish in the top 20 in a sport, you will rack up a decent number of points. Obviously, the better you do in a given sport, the more points you earn. If you win a title, you get 100 points. But you still get 54 points for finishing 12th, as the Bruins did in women's rowing this year. So basically, you can have what we would probably consider a subpar year in a given sport and still rack up points. Exhibit A in this regard is the 64 points the Directors' Cup sent UCLA's way for men's basketball.

This is all background for a pretty telling statistic about the quality of Doughnut's hires. As mentioned above, there are currently 16 programs which are led by coaches hired by Doughnut. These 16 programs totaled 638 points in the Directors' Cup, which is an average of 40 points per sport. Thank goodness for the 100 points for women's soccer in this total. But again, 40 points per sport, when you can get 54 for finishing 12th. Hmm.

There are six programs which are led by coaches not hired by Doughnut. These sports are women's tennis, men's tennis, women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's rowing, and women's swimming. These six programs totaled 441 points in the Directors' Cup, which is an average of 73.5 points per sport.

If these programs had been led by Doughnut hires, and the Doughnut hires had performed at the average level of the rest of Doughnut's hires, UCLA would have wound up with 880 total points, which would have put the Bruins in 20th place in the final standings. It is only because the teams led by holdover coaches performed at a higher level than Doughnut's hires, that UCLA wound up in the top 10.

And because UCLA wound up in the top 10, Doughnut gets to hold out his hand for Block to give him the maximum objective compensation bonus per Doughnut's contract. What a crock !!

Hats off to all the student-athletes who contributed this past season. They sacrificed untold hours for the good of their team and our school. If only so many of them did not have to perform under the burden of being part of Doughnut's real legacy.

Go Bruins !!

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