Posted by Now is the time for a fresh start for everyone on January 10, 2018 at 07:31:30:
In Reply to: Re: Who will the new coach be? posted by Big asterisk in the discussion on January 09, 2018 at 19:16:24:
: : : Close surrounds herself with her friends. She has recruited daughters of her friends who sit on the bench.
: : : It is unfortunate she doesn't know what to do with the talent she has,UCLA with be a non issue next year when Canada and Billings go to the WNBA. There is no one left to build around!
: : Close will remain at UCLA because no one cares that much about womens basketball at UCLA. It is sad to see the talent go to waste.
: : Drummer was awesome in HS, Burke can be very good, why did the girl from Sweden leave? As someone else said it is sad to watch.
: Her contract is up this season and was not yet renewed. Lots of people like her but maybe the new assistant AD for womens sports feels she should be achieving more than she has. The old assistant AD, Petrina Long hired her and supported her 100%. That may not be the case now. AD Guerrero leaves next year. Would he approve an extension or want to go out as a guy who hired Chip Kelly as well as the next wbb coach? But UCLA has Jorge Salcedo who has been a disaster at mens soccer for double the time Close has and he's still employed.
: If UCLA gets to the Elite Eight, I think Close still has a job. Sweet Sixteen for the third year and I think she's gone.
Close loses her #1 class that she has underachieved with. We're seeing problems with Canada in that she's playing her most undisciplined ball of her college career. She's aware that this will be her last chance to get to the FF and doesn't have faith in the coaches so she's doing too much and the team is suffering because of it. That's all on the coaches for not reigning her in and also not creating an offense.
I've spoken to at least three parents who are all unhappy with Close and one of them said that their daughters made a mistake committing to UCLA. That has become a strong sentiment around the SoCal club scene.
Her subsequent classes were good but not great, but those players and UCLA deserve a dedicated coach who can actually put together a program. Close also needs a new start somewhere else, probably a mid-major where she could be more successful and that might be better suited to her personality.
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