The state of the UCLA football program is in a chaotic mess. The higher-ups are scrambling to find a new coach (more so now that Mike Leach was picked up by fellow Pac-12 team Wazzu on Wednesday) while the football team sits at 6-6, on the cusp of a losing season, which will happen should they lose to Oregon. (Note: They’re 30-point dogs. Ouch.)
I guess there’s a bright side to all this. Despite the fact that our beloved Bruins may very well end up 6-7 on the season, the team will likely still play in a bowl game (albeit a lowly one) after the Pac-12 title game.
I’m not really upset or mad about this. Sure, it was a little suspect that Dan Guerrero filed the petition before we even got to a losing record, but hell, we are 30-point dogs anyway, and we just lost to U$C 50-0. Any chance to see my Bruins play one more game is welcomed, even if the circumstances are bittersweet.
ESPN’s Pac-12 blog suggests that UCLA will play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (which gives a spot to the Pac-12’s sixth place team).
Of course, this isn’t the only bowl the Bruins can get into. If you pray hard enough before you go to bed every night, and if Kevin Prince saves about ten babies from the hiccups, and if UCLA just gets damn lucky, the Bruins could win their way into the Rose Bowl game with a massive upset of Oregon.
I’m not holding my breath, but whatever.
What this really means, though, is that we’ll get to see interim coach Mike Johnson in action for the Bruins this season. No one wants him as our next head coach (and he shouldn’t be), but it’s always fun to see different coaches in multiple seasons, regardless of how dastardly the results may be.
Can we just pick a coach already and move onto some good news?