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.

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UCLA AD Dan Guerrero voted incorrectly in satellite camp decision, Pac-12 commissioner says

Dan Guerrero, Athletic Director, UCLA. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/L.A. Daily

Dan Guerrero, Athletic Director, UCLA. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/L.A. Daily

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero “did not vote the way he was supposed to vote,” in the decision that banned satellite camps earlier this month, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel at the annual College Football Playoff meetings on Wednesday.

Guerrero, on behalf of the Pac-12, voted in favor of banning the camps, thus prohibiting coaches to participate in camps outside of their own practice facilities. The vote passed 10-5, with the votes from the five power conferences counting twice.

After the decision, which took place on April 8, Guerrero sent the following email to his fellow Pac-12 athletic directors, per Andy Staples:

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UCLA AD Dan Guerrero: ‘We’re not all about a coaching carousel’

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero (center) talked on Tuesday about Steve Alford and the state of the Bruins' men's basketball program. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero (center) talked on Tuesday about Steve Alford and the state of the Bruins’ men’s basketball program. (Brad Graverson/Staff)

After one of the most disappointing men’s basketball seasons in recent memory, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero responded today to fans who have called for him to fire head coach Steve Alford.

“I believe that those that want a coaching change are not going to be happy no matter what I say,” he said. “I believe that others who may be disappointed in the season will understand what UCLA’s all about. We’re not all about a coaching carousel every two or three years. We’re about building a program and doing our best to build our program the right way.

“There are very few coaches around the country that, in their first two years, at any place, will go to two Sweet 16s. You would hope that we would’ve been able to build on that. And we didn’t. We had a subpar year. There’s no question about that. But that was one year.”

Read the full Q&A here.

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Rick Neuheisel lashes out at Jim Mora’s criticism of his UCLA teams

Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel wasn't happy with Jim Mora calling his old Bruin teams "soft." (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel wasn’t happy with Jim Mora calling his old Bruin teams “soft.” (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

On Tuesday, Jim Mora decided to explain the genesis of how he turned around the UCLA football program.

Appearing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on FOX Sports 1, the Bruins’ current head coach described his first interview with athletic director Dan Guerrero back in December 2011.

“I’m thinking, ‘What do I say here?'” Mora said. “Do I tell him the truth or something like it’s a great school and we can be great? I said, ‘I think you’re soft. I think the football team is soft.’ Dan said, ‘That’s what I think, and we need to toughen it up.'”

This is not an entirely new story. Both Mora, who just completed his fourth season with the Bruins, and several players have told some version of it in the past — usually by describing the program’s culture in broader strokes rather than recalling a specific exchange. This iteration, however, was enough to set off former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel.

On Wednesday, the 55-year-old lashed out at Mora during his own radio show on SiriusXM.

“All he did was go and paint the walls black and wear black on the sideline, and thinks that that’s tough,” Neuheisel said. “I’ve been in the locker room. There’s all sorts of stuff about Sun Tzu, and The Art of War, and pain and all that kind of stuff. He takes the team to Navy SEAL training. Congratulations. I’m glad you had the money to do it. But don’t talk about toughness with my football team. I’ll go to war with anyone.” Continue reading

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