So while Brian Dohn is hanging out in La La land these days completely oblivious to it, some how some way rest of the traditional media in LA is slowly waking up and realizing the kind of (rightful) pressure the UCLA alums, students, and fans have been able to exert on UCLA’s mediocre head football coach.
Today in the LAT, Foster has a story on how the Bruin online communities have been hammering away at one of the worst coaches in college football. While Dohn tried his best to discount the significance of last week’s story in the Sporting News, Foster recognizes the importance of it:
UCLA officials confirmed the two had met but said it was a scheduled meeting regarding career development. The Sporting News withdrew the blog entry.
But by then Bruins fan websites were abuzz.
Guerrero, who has never deviated from his support of Dorrell, was asked after the Bruins' 20-6 loss to Notre Dame on Oct. 6 if anything could happen on the field that would make him consider a change. He replied, "My answer in that respect is we're at the halfway point and there is a great deal of football left to play. Anyone involved with the program is focusing on those next six games."
Asked if that wasn't dodging the question, Guerrero replied, "That's all I'm going to say."
So no matter what you hear from Dorrell cultists and beat reporters in denial, the pressure on Dorrell has not subsided one bit. In fact as DumpDorrell.com notes this morning, we now have Matt Hayes, Dorrell’s biggest supporter other than his wife and Donahue, laying down the gauntlet for Karl for rest of the season:
And don't give me the Pac-10 is overrated garbage; it's as good as the SEC.
This isn't a young or inexperienced team; the Bruins returned 20 starters from last season and are loaded with talent on defense and the skill positions on offense.
So how does this happen? Lack of focus from players and lack of motivation from the coaching staff.
I've said this before with other programs/coaching staffs, and I'll say it again: the mark of a program in trouble is a team that wins and loses games it shouldn't
As good as UCLA looked against Cal, I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if the Bruins lose this week at Washington State. And, of course, beat Arizona State two weeks later.
TJ, of all people, should know that this is not a new problem for UCLA, which makes it even more infuriating. We've had this problem before with Farmer, Hazzard, Lavin … WE SHOULD KNOW BETTER!!! Once Dorrell is finally gone we will all look back at this period and remember how bad it was just like we do Lavin, and some of us Farmer and Hazzard. Because hopefully Dan Guerrero and UCLA will finally have learned the lesson we've been taught so many times … Make a commitment to excellence … the rewards are unparalleled!!! TJ, the solution has not changed … Dump Dorrell!
We perfectly understand there’s a lot of football to be played this season, but none of it is going to matter if you do not win the Pac-10 championship. And even if you do win the Pac-10, the ill feelings you have generated through last 4+ years of mediocrity and fostering a culture of lack of accountability, will not magically go away. That’s what happens after four+ years of constantly turning corners.
And none of that it’s our fault.