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Coaching Carousel 2019



  • Professor_FateProfessor_Fate Wealthy Alum

    I assume they will call Beard or Bennett (because their agents are interested, even if the coaches aren't), but this search process really shows the binds UCLA is in right now:

    • Fan base with wildly unrealistic expectations (although canning Howland when they did was arguably the right call because he'd lost the locker room entirely)
    • Athletic director who is both (1) pretty bad at his job and (2) completely unable to manage the fans' unrealistic expectations
    • Meaning the fan base hates the AD more than anyone here has ever hated Brad Bates, but for state university politics reasons (UC-system-wide), the administration is pretty content to let him do what he wants
    • So any marquee sport coach hired by the AD is looked at with severe mistrust from day one, meaning no honeymoon period of any kind that a coach in a high-pressure gig might otherwise expect, particularly when the last guy was fired and a rebuild is needed
    • Because UCLA is tied into the PAC 12 network fiasco, its ability to pay huge amounts of money to lure coaches has held steady or decreased at the same time other major conferences have gotten billion-dollar deals 
    • Even with the PAC 12's new scheme to sell the network rights to private equity investors for an immediate cash infusion, it's widely expected that the University of California system will take Cal and UCLA's share of that to pay general fund expenses of the entire UC rather than allowing the two campus athletic programs to keep it
    • And, to top it all off, $15 million of the limited money UCLA has sitting around for coaches is already tied up in the Mora and Alford buyouts.
    So, that's where we are: an impotent AD, a fan base that will want you fired from day one, and a systemic inability to pay enough money to make all that bullshit worthwhile.
    A postscript: UCLA AD Dan Guerrero is retiring with a department that was $19 million in debt for the 2018-19 school year, has no cash reserves, and had to take out a loan from the university general fund to balance the books.  That's in addition to $88 million in outstanding debt from the renovation of Pauley Pavilion.  UCLA is up shit creek.

    Things are getting worse in Westwood. Under Armour wants to cancel its record-setting $280 million deal with UCLA.
    Link to article in reference to Chuck’s post

  • DavearamaDavearama Havighurstite
    "UCLA athletics had an $18.9 million deficit for the 2019 fiscal year and needed “an interest-bearing loan from central campus,” The Mercury News reported in January."

    "UCLA athletics had an $18.9 million deficit for the 2019 fiscal year and needed “an interest-bearing loan from central campus,” The Mercury News reported in January."

    That's $20+ million/year from U/A!!! Our entire athletic budget is what---$25 million. 

    Even with that U/A money they're still $18.9 million in the hole. Power 5 schools (as if we didn't know) are in a whole different galaxy a long, long, long ways away from the Group of 5 schools of the world.
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