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Posted by 68mgr on July 10, 2018 at 10:01:39

In Reply to: 68, Michigan was in the title game in 2013, too posted by Underbruin on July 10, 2018 at 02:49:19

no, really. But think about what the "we are going to slowly build from within" philosophy would mean here.

Donut-Dan and soon to be ex-Coach Steve Alford call a press conference and announce that henceforth, UCLA will not pursue 4- and 5-Star players because they are too interested in feathering their own nests with NBA money, so we will pursue only 3-Star players who have guaranteed us that they will stay in Bruinville for a full four years. Thus, we would be willing to camp in the basketball wilderness for two or three years until we get up-to-tournament-speed with our crops of academically-inclined student-athletes. We know that this is a break from our past practice but we are confident that Coach Wooden would have wanted it this way."

As the assembled TV announcers and sports writers are recovering with smelling salts, a few people cheer and the group dissolves. UCLA becomes the laughingstock of the sports world. Season ticket holders demand their money back, the whales put their millions into bigger mansions and for two or three years, the only sounds heard in Pauley are the echoes of dribbles in front of a crowd of 2,000 "fans" who, when the pre-game ritual asks who is the losing team, they point in unison to the boys wearing UCLA uniforms.

Exaggerations...of course; but if LCT's suggestions are implemented, UCLA will unilaterally disarm itself and future gatherings of UCLA basketball fans will resemble the last episode of Ken Burns "Civil War" where film of the early 1930's reunion of Yanks and Rebs revealed an assemblage of ancient, creaky veterans trying to wistfully recall what surely was one of the highlights of their lives. I recall one scene of a very old Reb croaking out a "Rebel Yell." For us, it would be a hollow "Go Bruins."

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