If you read some of the Bruin message board these days you will see Dorrell supporters breathlessly trying to lower the expectations for this coming season saying that even if their beloved coach put together an 8 or 9 win season, they would still consider it as successful season.
Obviously all of that is total nonsense. For four years we have been led to believe this is going to be Dorrell's year.
Again we have 20 returning starters, 10 seniors on defense. We have heard incessantly about the hype around DeWayne Walker. We have heard how Norvell is going turn out to be another DeWayne Walker.
If these conditions were in place at any other school with a profile that matches our overall history in college football (an all time top-20 program if you go by the AP polls), expectations would be nothing short of a conference championship season.
And no matter how hard the Dorrellistas try to spin folks out of those expectations, no self respecting UCLA fan should fall for their BS.
Everyone and including Karl Dorrell is on record saying this put up or shut time for UCLA football. From Mandel on SI.com:
"You keep talking about the experience from having returning starters, but that only takes you so far. Now it's about being productive; about scoring points and stopping `em and all those things. It's not on paper anymore. The season's starting, it's time to put up. "
This year the band is white, and it reads: "Finish Pac-10 Champs."
Again for everyone's quick reference: 20 returning starters + the defensive hype around DeWayne Walker + expected improvement from a DeWayne Walker like OC - all the mistakes from last year's scapegoats should at least equal 3-4 more wins from last season (including a victory over Southern Cal), in Dorrell's "Show Me" season.
Plus Karl promised us "stuff like that" (ya know Pac-10 championships and victories over Southern Cal) when he was introduced as the head coach of our football team:
So time for Dorrell to start making his move by blowing out the Trees out of Palo Alto this Saturday. We can only hope he is a man of his word. If he is we expect him to step aside if he doesn't deliver "all those things."