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Bruin Bites: Garden Embarrassment Followup, Mora (Brash) Football Talk, & UCLA Sports Irrelevancy in Los Angeles

What's wrong with <a href=",0,3567591.story" target="new">UCLA being totally irrelevant in Los Angeles</a>?
What's wrong with UCLA being totally irrelevant in Los Angeles?

Hope everyone is enjoying their President's Day holiday. It is somewhat slow news time in BruinsNation, given that Dan Guerrero's dumpster fire UCLA basketball program is totally irrelevant in the national scene. Normally around this time in the good ole days - harkening back to Jim Harrick era (not Wooden era) - we'd start thinking about closing out strong for the Big Dance, taking it for granted that UCLA would be in the Big Dance.

To be fair, during Harrick years there were some seasons when Bruins closed out the regular season with a stumble dropping a game or two in the last road trip. We did not have to deal with the BS Pac-10 tournament those years. Still though - we'd at least have the tournament to look forward to and we never imagined Bruins being in a situation of having to consider life in the Not-Invited-Tournament. Well we are in that situation now and we have become a national embarrassment. I thought Jon Gold's top lines after the St. John's game give us a good picture of just how epic the humiliation was at MSG (emphasis added):

UCLA was out-savvied by a team starting five true freshmen.

UCLA was out-hustled by a team down to just six players in its rotation.

And UCLA ultimately was outplayed by a team that had lost its previous four games by a combined 87 points.

Guess we can add those numbers into the pile of datapoints here, here and here. Bruins were out-savvied by a team coach by Steve Lavin's lieutenant, which was anchored by 5 freshmen. Yet there was Chianti shamelessly throwing out the "young" excuse to New York based reporters. Couple of additional notes in a shortened President's Day edition of Bruin Bites after the jump.

Chew on that last bullet, next time you hear Chianti (we will keep calling the highest paid AD in the Pac-12 by that title until he resigns from UCLA), offer up shameless excuses of team being young, struggles being a "blip in the radar screen," and how the Bruins were in the race for Pac-12 football championship last season.

The school of John Wooden, Jackie Robinson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Bill Walton, Red Sanders, Troy Aikman is now less popular Los Angeles Galaxy, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Clippers in LA. Chew on that next time Dan Guerrero and his cronies at Morgan Center hit you up for donation to the Wooden Athletic Fund. Nothing is going to change at UCLA as long as you keep supporting Guerrero with more contributions his athletic department. Just another point to underscore the need to complete a wholesale regime change at UCLA, focusing on removing Guerrero before transitioning a lame duck Howland out of Westwood.