Not sure all Bruins feel that Bill Walton was beloved, thoses are your words, He was a great player at UCLA, but caused the university problems.<quoted text>I wouldnt say sour grapes but there certainly is a few rotten apples in the bushel. I wont go as far to say Wooden was directly involved but I think someone of his great intellect wouldnt be completely oblivious of "things" happening. So to say my claims are asinine would again be like you are that old time wrestling fan that found out it is fake but you love it so much to ever show contempt towards it.
I admit I have not read it entirely but here are excerpts of UCLAs very own beloved Bill Walton and his book back in the late seventies called “Bill Walton: On The Road with the Portland Trailblazers:
"I hate to say anything that may hurt UCLA, but I can't be quiet when I see what the NCAA is doing (to other coaches) only because (they have) a reputation for giving a second chance to many black athletes other coaches have branded as troublemakers. The NCAA is working night and day trying to get (them), but no one from the NCAA ever questioned me during my four years at UCLA."
“UCLA players were so well taken care of – far beyond the ground rules of the NCAA – that even players from poor backgrounds never left UCLA prematurely (for pro basketball) during John Wooden’s championship years."
“If the UCLA teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s were subjected to the kind of scrutiny (other schools) have been, UCLA would probably have to forfeit about eight national championships and be on probation for the next 100 years.
The question is always why would UCLA have to cheat, good academics, attractive campus and proximity to talent. But it is telling that it took Wooden, arguably the greatest coach of all time, 15 seasons to win a national title. Before Gilbert got involved and the talent arrived, the Bruins weren't the best. What does that tell you Robbie? Apparently a team capturing 10 titles in 12 years, putting together undefeated season after undefeated season, recruiting high school All-Americans from all over the country to sit on the bench, yet never having them transfer or declare hardship wasnt enough for it to dawn on anyone in the NCAA that, gee, maybe they are cheating? But that is your NCAA. And that is your college athletics, where corner cutting doesnt make a guy a bad person; it makes him a successful coach. The sooner you accept that there are no angels in this business, no white hats and black hats as the NCAA would like people to believe with its public relations campaign of a rule book. Everything is a shade of grey. Everything is situational ethics. Everything is pick your poison. Even the so-called great UCLA legacy. Even the great John Wooden. Wake up and "really" taste the beer Rob… HaHa
I could mention a "few" beloved trojans that embarrassed USC.