UCLA AD Dan Guerrero named one of most powerful in Southern California sports

The last five years of Dan Guerrero’s 13-year tenure have produced $225 million worth of construction on athletic buildings, including new football and basketball practice facilities to be completed in 201. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

The last five years of Dan Guerrero’s 13-year tenure have produced $225 million worth of construction on athletic buildings, including new football and basketball practice facilities to be completed in 201. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

The Southern California News Group is continuing its list of the 50 most powerful people in Southern California sports, and UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero is the latest person with UCLA ties to make the cut.

Guerrero checks in at No. 24 this year, moving up four spots from his No. 28 position last year, after overseeing major construction on athletic facilities this year.

Other UCLA names on the list so far:

See the full list here.

  • Sam Bam

    Power? How is Doc Rivers ahead of Magic Johnson in terms of having power in Los Angeles sports? Magic Johnson could be in a coma and have more power than Doc Rivers. No disrespect to Doc, but I’m only being honest. Next your gonna tell me Scott Wolf is an actual sports writer?

    • j metaphor

      Doc Rivers went to work for Donald Sterling. Rivers and everyone else in the NBA knew who and what Sterling was but Doc apparently wasn’t too picky about who his paycheck came from. When the feces hit the fan, Doc was suddenly shocked and surprised about what kind of a guy Sterling was.
      The Clippers are a cursed franchise and as long as anyone who went to work for DS is still there it always will be.
      #badjuju

    • gotroy22

      Don’t be bitter sas. The bigger question is how Guerrero will drop next year after the mass boycott by season ticket holders makes the Rose Bowl look empty this season. Brilliant move tripling the price of season tickets during the Obama Depression, Chiati Dan!

      • Richard

        # So young and so dumb.
        Tix prices needed to be increased. If u want to compete w/ those pro FB teams in town, like the one that practices at Bovard Field who have bot whatever success they have had w/ their $100,000,000 budget new revenue is neccessay.
        This is the perfect time, on the cusp of the career of the Greatest CFB QB of all Time.
        I was proud and happy, AS ARE ALL BRUINS, to pay the increase

        • The Cadre Must Go!

          They should simply charge whatever the market will bear. If UCLA fans are willing to pay higher season ticket prices, then more power to Guerrero. For a little perspective, I offer the following food for thought:

          2015 Home Games at the Rose Bowl

          UCLA – VA 68,615
          UCLA – BYU 67,612
          UCLA – ASU 80,113
          UCLA – CAL 57,046
          UCLA – COL 51,508
          UCLA – WSU 76,255

          Rose Bowl Capacity – 92,542

          • Richard

            Weak home sched. Still was SECOND in average Pac12 home attendance in 2015.
            In 2014 we led the Pac in home attendance by a large margin.
            Additn of Stanford & SC this yr portends a return to supremacy.
            New UCLA tix prices are c. 1/2 of those at the cesspool So Central Clown College Masoleum &….u won’t get held up, except by the traffic

          • gotroy22

            And if these fans aren’t willing to pay, Garry Bleauz ? You’ve permanently lost people who devoted their Saturdays in the autumn to spending the whole day in Pasadena every other week for three months. Now you have alienated them and they will never come back. USC was at least smart enough to not raise ticket prices until Pete started dominating the Pac 10 in the early 2000s. The ruins raise them after losing to WSU at home!

        • gotroy22

          # sostupidandsoruin

          Driving away loyal fans while delivering a mediocre product = no home field advantage.

          • 88 Straight

            The alumni cheerleader was a joke much like your basketball mascots.

          • gotroy22

            Without the alumni cheerleader your games resemble drowsy Dodger games with the obligatory leaving early to beat the traffic.

          • 88 Straight

            Perhaps you should invite him to the Coliseum.

          • gotroy22

            Your being a university yes man, I’m sure you support Chiati Dan’s banning the alumni band from playing during the games too. It’s good news for us Trojans because that end of the Rose Bowl used to be a home field advantage mad house. Now it’s as quiet as your Powell Library Reading Room or Doheny for Trojan fans.

          • 88 Straight

            I care a lot more about the product on the field than I do about the product in the stands. Geoff Strand was not who I would want as the cheerleader, but at the end of the day, I don’t care that much one way or the other.

          • gotroy22

            So you think there is no home field advantage? Interesting that Vegas disagrees.

          • 88 Straight

            I don’t think Geoff Strand is worth any points in a game.

          • gotroy22

            He kept your fans engaged until the bitter end and with your weak team that was often the difference. Figures Chianti Dan would sack him for insulting the Muslims.

      • 88 Straight

        The Obama Depression. Man, you really love the Kool-Aid

        • gotroy22

          You ruins had banners all over campus honoring Angela Davis and I’m the Kool-Aid drinker?

          • 88 Straight

            If you think that we are in a depression and that it was caused by Obama, then you are simply ignorant of the facts.

          • gotroy22

            The Truman Show was the 1998 movie in which Jim Carrey slowly realizes that his entire life is a televised illusion. He thinks he lives in an idyllic suburban neighborhood with a loving wife. Nobody wants him to discover the truth because the TV show’s so profitable. The media are likewise promoting the illusion that the Obama Era is a happy one when only Northern Virginia and Wall Street are prospering thanks to prolifigate federal government spending. The rest of the country is experiencing the eighth year of the Obama Depression:

            Housing and car sales looking up? Housing’s being fueled by Fed-driven artificially low lending rates, and could be another bubble. GM should have gone bankrupt but was brought back from the dead and never fully paid off it’s taxpayer loan.

            Jobs situation improving? Long-term unemployment remains at levels unmatched in modern history with almost 100 million people having given up on finding a job. The jobs that are being created are low-paying, part time to duck ObamaCare requirements on employers and are often menial. Under-employment is also extraordinarily high.

            Middle class bouncing back? Americans have recovered less than half the wealth lost in the 2008 crisis, and the wealthiest among us got most of that. By capturing 121 percent of post-recovery gains, the top 1 percent actually used the majority’s rescue to seize even more of the national wealth. So there is more inequality under Obama. Over the eight years of Obama, income growth has been lower for young people, small for those entering middle age and negative for those in the 45-49 year age group.

            “Land of Opportunity”? And that made a bad situation worse. Social mobility had declined sharply even before the crisis. The real-dollar cost of a higher education, the key to economic advancement, has tripled for American families since the 1980s. And younger generations are wracked with record unemployment (the official figure’s now 16.2 percent; the real one’s worse) that is scarring their resumes and crippling their lifetime earning potential.

            Stock market booming? The stock market’s rise is fueled by cheap Fed money. More investors are borrowing to invest and are potentially over-leveraged trying to take advantage of a fake stock market boom. Revenue growth and other indicators are worrisome. States, counties and cities from New Jersey and Illinois to California face insolvency from underfunded public employee pensions. Meanwhile European countries from Spain to Greece are teetering on the edge of economic collapse from decades of socialism and China’s economy is slowing down due to a housing bubble. The US and world markets are a house of cards – and the winds are rising.Is it any surprise that a national story this weekend says whoever the next president is will inherit a declining economy?

            How’s that for facts, ruin? Welcome to the 8th year of the Obama Depression

          • gotroy22
          • 88 Straight

            Nice try, Troy. You may want to take a look and see who controls the House and the Senate. Obama can’t get squat passed and your Republicans spend more money than even the Democrats. How many billions have gone wasted and unaccounted for in Iraq. It must have been Obama that decided to cut taxes at the same time he started an expensive war. Given that the Republicans have controlled the purse strings since 1994, it’s a little more than disingenuous to pin it on today’s White House. I’m sure Trump will straighten it all out.

          • gotroy22

            Obama had a filibuster proof Senate and huge majority in the House when he became president and he could have done anything he wanted, as he famously told the Republicans in 2009. So he gave us ObamaCare and 8 years of Obama Depression. Own it, love it, 88..

          • 88 Straight

            Sorry Troy, he had them for 2 years. I guess the Bush depression doesn’t count! LOL

          • gotroy22

            He had the Senate for 6. Guess the Obama Depression is his fault. LOL.

  • EncinitasBruin

    This is classic. I’m going to head on over to IdiotNation just to watch the Hitl#r Youth go apoplectic.

  • j metaphor

    Dan Guerrero is the Dean of Pac 12 A.D.s and in complete command of the number one athletic power in collegiate sport.
    While other AD’s come, go or get whacked by the NCAA, Dan runs the cleanest shop in the conference while his coaches keep winning Nattys.
    #numberone

    • Laker Rod

      Since Dan Guerrero became AD, the gap in total NCAA titles has shrunk. UCLA still remains in 1st overall but the lead is shrinking. USC and Stanford have been gaining.

      For Men’s titles…the gap has widened in favor of USC.

      DG has done a good job on the Women’s program side…but this is the problem in itself to me. DG favors the non-revenue generating sports too much. He treats everyone as equals which some may see as good but others see it as bad.

      It works like this. If Spaulding Field is under renovations then the UCLA football team has to work around the other programs’ schedules in order for them to practice. This is the impression I get. There is no favorable treatment despite football and basketball generating the revenues.

      It’s not even necessarily “favorable”. Here’s another example. Let’s say the buses allocated to the football team have a problem or at least one does. Now what. Let’s say the women’s softball team is getting ready to leave also. Over at Alabama, USC, Ohio State, etc….we all know the football team will take that bus. Not at UCLA.

      Also…let’s say a player has a severely sprained ankle but he has to walk quite far through campus to get his food? The impression I get over at Bama and USC, etc is that there is a gopher assigned to the team…maybe more than one. But here is how it works for UCLA. Let’s say the football team does have a gopher but it’s only 1 or 2 spread across 85 scholarship players…where as the women’s program are allotted the same number of gophers.

      All the above is speculation but come on…something is rotten in Denmark. Something is driving away players early to not even be drafted high.

      To me…Dan Guererro doesn’t pay enought attention to the UCLA football program and also men’s basketball. He needs to give them more favorable treatment because this is where the money is made.

      • j metaphor

        LR,
        You need to recognize is that when you compare UCLA to Alabama and South Central you are comparing apples to orifices. UCLA is a politically correct (too politically correct) academic institution. The other two are private football teams with a school attached. If UCLA doesn’t do well in a sport, it will never affect the education of their students. The same can’t be said of our cross-town rival.
        Football is king at SoCal & Alabama, education is king at UCLA.
        That makes for a very different job description for an athletic director.

        • Jethro G Sabbath

          Was it also that way when Billy Don Jackson was enrolled?

          • gotroy22

            People forget how cheap private schools like USC and Cal Lutheran were back in the late 1970s. It was a easy option to send your child to a private school so public schools like Westwood High had relatively easier admissions statndards than today where you have to have a 4.0 or greater to get admitted. I remember friends of mine with 3.75’s gettting into UCLA easily. Now they would never get a look and have to go to a lower UC or a JC.

        • Laker Rod

          Oh wow…so the best we have to hope for now related to UCLA football is “education”. Hmm…you mean how Myles Jack and Alex Redmond were supposedly failing classes? Whatever dude.

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      Why are the marquee basketball and football teams so mediocre?

      • gotroy22

        Good question!

  • Tim Smith

    Queue mass hysteria and pants wetting at Bruins Nation