Ryan Kartje profiles UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero in a recent column in the Orange County Register. While Kartje's article acknowledges criticism of Dan Guerrero's leadership, it doesn't explore it. Instead, it suggests that UCLA has flourished under Guerrero's guidance, and that Guerrero is a misunderstood character. Draw your own conclusions.
Spoiler alert: For those who don't want to read a warm and fuzzy profile of Dan Guerrero, here's the takeaway: Guerrero has no plans to change.
"This is the way I've always done it. It's always been successful. I don't feel a need to have to change. If someone out there feels I need to lead differently, that's OK. I'm not going to change."
In other words, because there's no room for improvement, we can expect more of the same. Consider your expectations managed.
In case you missed it, a former UCLA academic advisor has made some troublesome allegations relating to Steve Alford's basketball program. If you haven't read the story yet, you should. In particular, as reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Christina Rivera, the associate athletic director for academic and student services, included the following observations in an email message:
"I also want the rest of your time at UCLA to be positive, emotionally and professionally, and I think that continuing to work with men's basketball will continue to take an emotional toll on you, especially since I do not see the coaching staff changing their ways... Focusing solely on women's basketball will provide you with an opportunity to not participate in such an unhealthy environment and allow you to continue to make a real difference with a team that is more receptive and willing to engage academically."
Describing Steve Alford's program as an "unhealthy environment" with coaches unwilling to change their ways is a disturbing assessment by the person in charge of the academic-support unit.
UCLA Men's Water Polo
It was another outstanding weekend for Coach Adam Wright's team. The reigning national champions tallied four more wins to claim the 2015 Kap7 SoCal Invitational title. The final featured a matchup between the #1 Bruins and the second-ranked Trojans, with UCLA edging Southern Cal 10-9 on a goal by Patrick Fellner with just 15 seconds remaining in the contest.
UCLA improves to 17-0 on the year, including wins over #2 USC, #3 Stanford and #4 Cal. The Bruins will be back in action again this weekend when they travel to Northern California for games against Stanford and San Jose State.
UCLA Men's Soccer
Coach Jorge Salcedo has some work to do to get the Bruins (5-5-0, 1-1-0) ready for their Pac-12 home opener tonight (7:00 PM PT) against the San Diego State Aztecs. UCLA will be missing two star freshman tonight--Jackson Yueill and Malcolm Jones--which means that Coach Salcedo will once again have to juggle his starting lineup to replace unavailable players. Yueill and Jones are away on national duty with the US U-20 Men's National Team as it participates in the Four Nations Tournament.
UCLA Men's Football
Joey Kaufman reports on the state of UCLA's defense and the benefit of a bye week before facing Stanford on Thursday. He also notes that Stanford opens as a 5.5 point favorite, marking the first time that UCLA has been an underdog this season.
UCLA is a 5.5-point underdog at Stanford. First time this season that the Bruins are an underdog.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) October 12, 2015
That's What's Bruin this Monday morning. Go BRUINS!