UCLA men’s basketball made an unexpected run to the Final Four after making the tournament as one of the last four teams selected. Despite bowing out in the semifinal, the Bruins were praised by fans and alumni. (Courtesy of Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS — Nobody ever wants to end the season with a loss.
After all, that means you didn’t come out on top and win a championship – every team’s goal at the start of every campaign.
When Mick Cronin spoke with the media Sunday after finding out his Bruins had made the NCAA tournament, he reaffirmed the promise he made to the fanbase when he took the job in April 2019.
With the future of UCLA athletics shrouded in uncertainty in the midst of COVID-19 postponements, the Daily Bruin Sports editors decided to take a look at which Bruin teams will benefit most from a hiatus, extra eligibility or a conference-only schedule in their respective sports.
It’s time for change in the Pac-12.
Fans have been vocal about their dissatisfaction with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. Journalists constantly publish articles and columns detailing how Scott has been failing the conference nationally.
An enormous waste of time, money and resources.
In case anyone missed it, on Aug. 26, UCLA filed a lawsuit against Under Armour after the apparel company decided to unilaterally terminate its 15-year, $280 million contract with UCLA in June.
I don’t want to write this article.
I really don’t.
But the time has come, and UCLA has dropped the hammer by agreeing with the Pac-12’s decision to postpone all sport competitions until Jan.
That number is plastered on signs all along Bruin Walk, with UCLA claiming itself as “the No. 1 public university in the U.S.”
It is also where the state of California finds itself on the list of total COVID-19 cases, in the middle of a pandemic killing a reported roughly 1,000 Americans daily.
College football is happening.
Well, at least for now.
When the Pac-12 announced its full football schedule Friday, the conference grounded a fall season in reality after months of bad news and speculation.
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