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This is very sad. I was hoping our youngsters would get some post-season experience.

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Imagine telling your college players that what they do moving forward will determine whether or not their one year salaried contract will be re-newed. Such is our world.

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Mick RIPPING refs in post game

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Mar 3·edited Mar 3

Meh… this loss left me completely emotionless. I’ve settled into the throw away season. If this was a tryout for the team game, that’s pretty sad for next year. The only thing I’m excited for is to see who is smart enough to leave. I’ve learned not to get excited about transfers or last minute signees. Aday Mara will be the starting center no doubt… Ugg. The charmin soft bruins of 2024-25

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For what it’s worth, another post game write up without a single coaching critique. I’m confused. Did ucla lose by 12? The entirety of the loss was reffing this time? Come on… you can only blame the reffing so many times before it starts to get worn out. For every 12 point loss there is at least one thing that the coaching team did poorly on. But not here… this coaching squad is flawless

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Even Cronin said after the game “our frontline has to be better on the glass”…. Almost every other story in this game talked about it as well. No mention of the rebounding disparity by anyone so far… I mean, I thought everyone wanted this team to get better. I thought you all said I don’t watch basketball. I thought I’m just a hater. I wish there was some objectivity around here. There are always some learning takeaways in a 12 point loss… just look to the guy you so highly praise. Even he can see some faults in his own game planning

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Cronin continues to baffle me...

In a media appearance today Cronin showed great compassion for his players and took full responsibility for the way things have gone this season. He was very supportive of Will and how heartbroken Will was as the truth is... Will did not commit a flagrant 2 foul. He also said that his players have basically been giving their all, all season and they are great kids who essentially can be great players with experience.

Now juxtapose Cronin today against the Cronin who said...

He didn't care how Will felt re: flagrant, during his interview with Josh and Tracy post the Wazzu game. And when he publicly shamed his players as having low IQ and stated they would not improve. And when he was going to put them through tryouts to see who deserved to stay on the team.

Will the real Cronin please stand up 🧐

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Tamara has listed CMC's weaknesses. Evan has said that all things point to the NIL I've then asked what CMC's trajectory portends for the Bruins, as I'm not convinced that holdovers from this year, a single commit, and whatever disgruntled, yet unknown portal targets added to the squad sans money for recruits will measurably improve the Bruins' lot. "He'll be fine" was the reply. Support your answer. Also, slinging insults is not substantive argument.

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No question that good players are needed to make a successful season but, as I pointed out with UNC, that is not necessarily the key. The "washout season for UNC" had a starting five of Armando Bacot; Leaky Black; Celeb Love (Arizona's best player); P Nance and Leaky Black--a starting five most coaches would drool over. That is why they were a pre season number 1 AP pick and ended up not making the NCAA. Even with those players, the chemistry and Davis' coaching was not there and they were not good. USC and Endfield is another example of a talented team playing poorly.

My opinion is that Cronin is a good coach, his record speaks for itself, and we do not dump him for one bad year. If NIL money is the problem, UCLA will never have the money backing of a USC or Duke or Kentucky and no other coach will change that in the foreseeable future. If Cronin's harsh style with players is the problem, which I was first to call out, why didn't the players transfer over the last four years--the opportunities were certainly there.

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Recruiting

CMC offered Cooper (who always was a Dookie) although he knew that Flagg wasn't coming, so to keep the CMC/UCLA brand in circulation. Was that strategy a savvy move, or fruitless akin to the likes of UAlbany and Bryant?

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