Why UCLA has not won a major championship recently (cont.)
Not sustaining success has been the problem with UCLA basketball and football, at least it was the problem. Too many bad decisions. Too many radical changes. The inability to play consistently. This is why there haven’t been any national championships, let alone conference championships. They haven’t been able to install a foundation that other elite programs have.
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The good news is that it looks like the UCLA AD has finally stood up and taken notice of what has been been the cause for the lacking.
From a fan perspective, it is quite frustrating to have to continually start over, but the hope, as always, is it results in hardware.
It is easy to point the fingers at the AD for the lack of championships in their revenue sports. Bad coaching hires in basketball and football have made them irrelevant and that is inconceivable for a school like UCLA.
Though Guerrero should be applauded for his efforts in fundraising, the renovation of Pauley Pavilion and the construction of two of the best sports facilities in the nation (football’s Casey Wasserman Center and basketball’s Mo Ostin Center), the product on the court and the gridiron has been bland.
If UCLA wants to be relevant, they have to act like it. It seems like they are heading in that direction, but they also have to stay dedicated to that trajectory. If not, then there will be no more banners to hang and that is not the UCLA way.