UCLA is on the verge of championship number 100.
The eighth-seeded men's soccer team is making a bid for that banner number 100, by charging through the NCAA tourney. They blasted into in the round of 8 by beating up Clemson 3-0 over the weekend. Meanwhile, the second-seeded women's soccer team is also making their bid to bring home banner number 100 as they are also charging through their own tournament, hosting a quarterfinal game in Westwood this Friday. The Lady Bruins charged their way into soccer's elite eight with a 3-2 victory over third-seeded Florida.
As ranelar posted the women's volleyball team demolished the number 4 ranked Trojans last Friday as they will also likely make a serious run for the championships.
Championships - that is what defines a UCLA athlete. All of the teams mentioned above are elite programs. They are all shooting for national championships. They are all made up of elite athletes who settle for nothing less. Remember this unforgettable quote from Jordan Farmar after the Bruins made it to Final-4 this past spring (emphasis mine throughout):
"At U.C.L.A., no other banner but national championships go up," Farmar said.
Anyways while pretty much every single athletic programs with UCLA on their jerseys are shooting for championships, this is what we are getting from Dorrell's football program:
The achievement might seem modest, but after the Bruins dropped four straight games before last week's defeat of Oregon State, it appeared they would not qualify for a bowl for the first time since 1999.
"It is big," Bruins cornerback Trey Brown said. "That's something we strive for at the beginning of the season, to get to a bowl game. Especially a program like UCLA, where the expectations are you're expected to get to a bowl game."
So while rest of Westwood's sons and daughters are contending (and making legitimate runs) for national championships the football team is basking in mediocrity.
And you wonder why we think there is something so rotten in the core of Dorrell's football program?