Re: Cal Sparks Gold

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Posted by Lots of programs have asterisks on August 11, 2017 at 10:48:57:

In Reply to: Re: Cal Sparks Gold posted by TROJIE on August 11, 2017 at 10:18:16:

: : : : : : : : : Huh?? Are you serious? I have seen players develop rapidly under Close as a coach, especially her post players. I have also seen significant improvement in Canada's overall game under Close. I beg to differ with the previous post that referred to her as a great recruiter only.

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: : : : : : : : I think most people who really pay attention would say she is a decent not great coach.

: : : : : : : : She is really nice and a good recruiter. But she gets outcoached in games and I don't believe players improve enough.

: : : : : : : : But we can agree to disagree.

: : : : : : : Close is never up for another big coaching job. Her name is never mentioned by the fans when one comes up and neither are her assistant coaches.

: : : : : : : I think she's a nice lady, a decent coach, a great recruiter but has created an average program. However, UCLA has become a fairly average athletic program so she fits in.

: : : : : : Do you even follow UCLA athletics outside of women's basketball, football? Please refer to the number of NCAA championships for all sports.

: : : : : : I continue to root for Close, she's built a program that has a great deal of integrity, focuses on development of PEOPLE. Women's bball is not a big money draw for colleges outside of select few programs. I think what she's doing there is infinitely more valuable than chasing more and more wins.

: : : : : Just to emphasize that comment about UCLA being average in athletics: UCLA women have won team National Championships in the last 10 years in Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo.

: : : : Waiting for the answer. Stanford just passed UCLA and USC will do so in the next few years.

: : : Stanford is now tied with UCLA. In all fairness, UCLA got that record for sports that were very poorly contested, including many female sports, to their credit. However, when the other universities started pouring money into sports that UCLA once dominated, like the SEC and softball, UCLA faded. They were never dominant in womens basketball and likely never will be.

: : So we should put an asterisk by those national championships? If you want results, those are the results. If they're surpassed in the future, so be it. Please don't mention USC likely passing them until it actually happens.
: : Some people just enjoy being contrarian.

: : For quality education + athletics, Stanford and UCLA are both top tier schools. There is no sound argument to the contrary.

: USC is a crap hole. Period. Why even discuss them for women's basketball?

But UCLA's great history is now becoming a memory and their fanbase can't accept it. But here's a bold prediction. UCLA womens basketball will NEVER win a national championship.

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