It was fan appreciation day this past Saturday at UCLA. Ben Olson missed the action because of a slightly pulled hamstring. But PC was in the middle of it:
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Brian Dohn was also there. Apparently there was a huge fan showing at Spalding Field, which UCLA administration was not totally ready for:
It was so packed that fans also complained about having to wait so long to get parking passes at the guard booth, and also about having to wait in line to get in. At one point, resident grown-up cheerleader Geoffrey Strand got on the microphone and told the crowd UCLA didn't expect such a big turnout, and basically said the school was overwhelmed in trying to handle the crowd.
I think we will see even more buzz around the program next year if it gets the job done this season (winning the Pac-10 championship) or brings in a proven head coach (like a Ben Howland of college football) next season. There is so much upside to a program which has gone to 11 Rose Bowls and well we have written about our football tradition before. It's just a matter of having a leader like Ben Howland who will coach the program to its fullest potential. And given there is this much interest in a seven win program which got its ass kicked in a shitty bowl game by a washed up Bowden program, imagine the kind of attention and excitement it would generate if it was led by a credible head coach in full command and control of his program ala Ben Howland. Just saying.