As a suffering UCLA fan, I can honestly admit — nay, demand — that we never be allowed on ANY pre-season Top 25 list. We should have to EARN our way there every time. It feels a lot better to be overlooked and prove them wrong than it does to CONSTANTLY be well regarded and do the same.
It NEVER matters who UCLA’s coach is. No matter who the coach, or what the era, we will lose games we shouldn’t and NEVER win games we must. Forget “great recruiting classes,” forget the excuse of last year’s injuries. If we win 9-10 games this year it will be an absolute miracle.