UCLA, which does not release the number of tickets used, announced an average of 9,549 last season, an increase of nearly 1,800 from the previous season at Pauley Pavilion. The attendance tumbled this season.
The Bruins announced an average attendance of 8,136, though the 13,800-seat arena appeared between half and two-thirds full for most games despite an aggressive ticket selling campaign.
UCLA officials attributed the higher attendance last season to the renovated arena. If so, the novelty wore off.
Dan Guerrero, UCLA's athletic director, declined a request to be interviewed about the coaching change. A year ago, he said the program needed a "fresh start."
Even for Chianti it's tough to defend a product that's uninspiring, ugly and reeks of nepotism.