After last night's loss to Southern Cal, what does the future of Bruin football look like?
Good analysis not knowing much except history, Joe. From a preliminary schedule dredged up off the internet today, it surely looks like The Chipster will be saved by the scheduling gods next year as well. Two points: (1) where does the AD Doo and/or the Chipmeister dig up these pre-season patsies? (2) Is this any way to prep for the Big Ten?
..and (3) [NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!] What's a Chanticleer?
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, CA
at San Diego State Aztecs
Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego, CA
NC Central Eagles
at Arizona Wildcats
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
at Oregon State Beavers
Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR
Time TBA ET
at Stanford Cardinal
Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Arizona State Sun Devils
California Golden Bears
Washington State Cougars
at USC Trojans
LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Utah Utes Football Schedule
at Utah Utes
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake
..why are they scheduling games after The Toe Jam Tiff?
Will somebody please hand me the arsenic!
Because of Notre Dame - which plays teams from Pac 12 - long time rivalry games at seasons conclusion - have all but vanished. Gone are those days of Rivalry Saturday. 2023 non conference games all in California. That’s Chip Kelly. Pad the wins. It’s embarrassing.
Chip is one of the best in the game when it comes to offense and the run game. I still think that’s true.
But for God’s sake, shore up your weaknesses. The concern is defense and recruiting. Part of that will change if we make it to the B1G (money+exposure), but there has to be higher priority on recruiting. USC is one thing, but there’s no excuse for all of the skill guys here in SoCal heading to the Midwest and the South.
If McGovern can’t continue coaching, we’ve got to find an under the radar, up and coming coach on fire for recruiting and who could make us a unit dudes want to play for. I think Ken Norton could be that guy, but I’d like to see some quality hires that aren’t just UCLA alumni or in Chip’s circle of trust.
I just went to a game in The Big House on Saturday where the wind chill was -8... I think it will be years before either team is competitive in the BIG which is their dumb way of truncating BIG 10. Also imagine if we'd had to play MI and either WA or UT on the road. We'd be looking at 6-5 right now...
When exactly has UCLA gotten 5 star and 4 star recruits? Occasionally but it is far from the norm. This is not a coaching issue and it will not be fixed with a given coach. The problem is systemic and has been going on decades - if you were a seventeen year-old 5* player who can go anywhere, why on earth would you go to UCLA? (and could you get in academically? and could you stay in?) Is it the joy of playing in an empty relic twenty six miles from campus? Or effectively not being on tv given the pac12 network and constant 7:30 PT starts? Maybe it's the awesomeness of practicing on 70 years practice fields, TWENTY SIX miles from where you play your games. I mentioned this again because the fact is, the number of schools that matter who play in a stadium 26 miles away is zero, and that's NOT going to change. UCLA got to eight wins this year simply because of scheduling - much like Alabama they only really played four or five real games. Unlike Alabama, they lost all the rest. And to be fair, they got paid a lot less as well.
Question: how many of those 27 seniors are expected to use the covid year and stay like DTR did?
Clancy Pendergast has been awful. He was awful when he was at $C (we gashed him quite a few times). He was awful handling these past 4 games. I'm surprised no one reported on this until the TV broadcaster brought it up as a passing comment.