January 11, 2003
I've watched Steve Lavin lose to perennial basketball powerhouses such as Northern Arizona and the University of San Diego, and now he blows the USC game. Can anyone check to see if Lavin ever voted for Strom Thurmond? Billy Stine Torrance As a Bruin alumnus, nothing irks me more than the chant "Just like football!" bellowed from the rafters of sacred Pauley Pavilion. After years of riding the coattails of talented Bruin players, Steve Lavin's coaching ability is painfully being exposed with this year's relatively inexperienced team.
March 30, 2002
Last Saturday, a fan defended Steve Lavin and sarcastically wrote, "Maybe the coach should have put himself in the game and hit a couple of threes." Even if possible, this wouldn't be a good idea because the team hasn't been taught any plays to get him open. Albert Canedo Lake Arrowhead The future of UCLA basketball in Westwood looks bright, with a run to the Sweet 16 and several promising freshmen on the team. This all, of course, is contingent on Steve Lavin's taking the job at DePaul.
March 15, 2003
I don't understand the big deal about UCLA knocking off top-ranked Arizona. Steve Lavin can boast of many upsets of No. 1 teams, but it's the teams he couldn't beat -- such as Cal State Northridge and Northern Arizona -- that proved his ultimate undoing. Jack Wolf Westwood Before anyone even begins to think, "Ah, maybe we ought to keep this guy," ponder this: Where has a UCLA team, with the talent and heart to defeat the No. 1 team in the country in its most pivotal and pressure-packed game, been hiding all year?
February 8, 2003 |
A University of California police officer accompanied UCLA on the trip to Georgetown because Coach Steve Lavin has been the target of threats over the last two years from an unidentified man living in the Washington area. The officer remained by Lavin's side throughout the day Friday, was with the team during a two-hour bus tour of the nation's capital before practice at the MCI Center and is expected to sit on the Bruin bench during today's game against the Hoyas.
December 16, 2000
The ball of confusion that is UCLA basketball was finally clarified when Steve Lavin was quoted in The Times [Dec. 13]: "But because he [Rico Hines] wants to coach, he's similar to a Cameron Dollar, a Sean Farnham, some of the other kids we've had in the program over the years who kind of understand the game." So that's it. Once every few years the Bruins actually have a player who "who kind of understands the game." I hope whenever that situation arises, Lavin is at least taking notes.
May 10, 2003
Let me see if I've got this straight: Ben Howland turns the program completely around at Pitt. John Wooden mentions that Pitt is a program he admires. Howland, UCLA's first choice to replace the inept Steve Lavin, claims that UCLA is his "dream" job. Dan Guerrero hires Howland. A month later, Steve Henson writes an article questioning why there is no public outcry over UCLA's denial of Adidas' influence. Now that's what I call investigative reporting. Steve Kehela Studio City
March 13, 2004
After reading Bill Plaschke's "Madness of March Always Kind to Lavin" article of March 10, it has become perfectly clear why UCLA fans constantly endure such a bad rap. Yes, Bruin basketball has been disappointing this season, and yes, there is a possibility that Ben Howland won't be the savior of Westwood. But to now devote an entire article, essentially sanctifying and defending Steve Lavin simply because Howland's first year was tumultuous is ludicrous. After all, this is the same writer who skewered Lavin after his firing last year stating that "the players stopped learning, the recruits stopped coming, the fans stopped cheering, and the tradition of consistency stopped, period" and also added "the most lasting mistake of the Steve Lavin era was, simply, the creation of that era."
February 15, 1997
I don't understand: The week after The Times runs Bill Plaschke's excellent column urging UCLA to make Steve Lavin the permanent coach, it responds to UCLA's action in doing so with two critical commentaries. Mike Downey wonders whether he's missing something, then evidences in his column that he has apparently missed observing the UCLA basketball team--practices and games--for the last two to three months. Chris Dufresne, damning with faint praise, suggests UCLA couldn't afford much, but got a good deal for what they could afford.