So it is clear after last two weeks that coaches will not hesitate to blame the players for covering up their own shortcomings during the game. Well this is not the first time players have been blamed for Dorrel's (lack of) leadership on the field.
Does anyone remember Vegas gate of 2004?
That was when stories about players (recruited by Toledo) who were showing up drunk during team-meetings before the game, and reportedly laughing off the loss off after the game, surfaced after a disgraceful, embarrassing loss against Wyoming:
So, in the locker room Chris Kluwe and Tab Perry are talking. They're two seniors who have been through a lot, and they started talking about their experience at UCLA, reminiscing some. At one point they were laughing, going over old times.
At that moment is when Dorrell happened to come into the locker room.
Now, Dorrell is so damn livid, remember, he can't see straight. But he does see Kluwe and Perry laughing. So, Dorrell, his temper flared, went off on both of them -- ripping them for being able to laugh after such a disappointing loss.
Perry, never one to back down, got back in Dorrell's face, but Dorrell then kept in Perry's face. It was pretty heated, and got pretty personal from what I understand.
Kluwe, being pretty smart, left the locker room.
Yes back then it was convenient for Dorrell supporters to blame all those fiascos on the field on the antics of players (recruited by Toledo) off the field. And the bootlicking press was all too willing to buy that spin and throw Toledo recruits under the bus. Check out this from the Daily Bootlicker during 2004 spring practice, which came after the debacle against Fresno State:
But maybe it's not his fault entirely. Perhaps the old guard from the Bob Toledo era still maintains a foothold on this team.
And does this passing the buck somewhere else remind you of someone else? Well here is a little blast from the past from SI's Seth Davis:
However, as we experience more games under Karl Dorrell as the head coach (we have had 40 now I think), the more we see the same disturbing tendencies that kept coming up during the Lavin era during which we accustomed to see ill prepared Bruin basketball teams losing against clearly inferior opponents or barely escaping with sloppy ugly wins. We saw how coaches were blaming players and how players were losing respect for the coaching staff. It was a total implosion.
After four years of Dorrell, we have now seen at least eight games in which a Dorrell coached Bruin team lost to clearly inferior opponents due to poor coaching, total lack of preparation, and in-game adjustments:
*Fresno State (03)
*Arizona State (04)
*Washington State (04)
And yet here we are after four years of Dorrell, we continue to see he and his coaches blaming the players for underachieving performances due to their own lack of preparations, lack of in game/season adjustments, and total lack of leadership on the field.
It's a trend folks.
And as Dump Dorrell notes from the fall out from last couple weeks, the troubling signs are not encouraging for the Bruins Nation.