Welcome back to the Fire Dan Guerrero petition.
I created this petition in 2011 during the dark period of UCLA football under Rick Neuheisel. It was also around that time that it had become increasingly apparent Ben Howland had lost his way and UCLA Basketball was routinely failing to get out of the opening weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.
Then, as now, UCLA fans and alumni must ask themselves, “Can we really trust Dan Guerrero to make another hire?
Dan Guerrero hired the worst UCLA football coach of the modern era (Karl Dorrell). He replaced him with the worst UCLA football coach of the modern era (Rick Neuheisel). Think about that for a second before stopping to consider this: Karl Dorrell had never been a head coach before Dan Guerrero made him one. He has not been one since. His one return to football as a coordinator lasted only one season. While Rick Neuheisel at least had head coaching experience before coming to Westwood, he was not a highly sought after coach. His controversial past made him largely untouchable. Few would debate that if not for his legacy as a player for UCLA, he would not have replaced Karl Dorrell. These two poor hires by Dan Guerrero would end up costing UCLA 2.75 million dollars in buyouts; for coaches HE hired.
This leads us to Dan Guerrero’s 3rd massive failure of a hire: Steve Alford. From Bruin Report Online’s article by Robert Carpentier, “What was UCLA thinking when they made this hire and, to compound it, the monstrous and unprecedented buyout?”
UCLA Basketball is a sinking ship under Steve Alford. Barely one month into the 2014-15 season it is largely believed UCLA will not make the NCAA National Tournament. Future prospects look even worse. Fixing the problem is not easy; after just one season on the job Steve Alford was given a contract extension with a buyout worth $10.4 million
And who is the man who locked us onto this course?
We cannot afford another poor hire. We cannot afford another ridiculous contract. In short, we cannot afford Dan Guerrero.
Fire Dan Guerrero