For a moment, it seemed as if Dan Guerrero's status at UCLA was uncertain.
No longer, because UCLA has extended the contract of the oft-maligned athletic director through 2019, giving him a bump in pay along the way.
Let's break down the official statement from UCLA athletics, after the jump.
Since Guerrero's appointment to the post in 2002, UCLA has won 22 NCAA championships in 12 different sports, the most achieved by any Division 1A program in the country over that period, bringing UCLA's all-time record NCAA championship total to 108. Under his fiscal stewardship, UCLA recently completed a state-of-the-art renovation of the famed Pauley Pavilion and made arrangements for a $200 million retrofitting of the Rose Bowl.
In the ten years before him, UCLA won 14 NCAA championships, so that's an improvement. What's laughable is that both the Pauley Pavilion and the Rose Bowl renovations have had various screw-ups, and the Rose Bowl renovation is currently behind schedule and over budget. Meanwhile, Pauley took $133 million to renovate, and though that was within the slated budget, that's a hell of a lot of money for a renovation.
We move on:
Guerrero, a UCLA alumnus, has also worked tirelessly to support academic achievement and life-skills development among all Bruin athletes, as evidenced by more than 5,700 student-athletes earning spots on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the creation of programs like the Wooden Academy, a comprehensive leadership-development program for student-athletes.
This is also pretty laughable. UCLA ranks seventh in the conference in graduation success rates for football, at just 62 percent. This puts the Bruins well behind Stanford and Washington, who are the two clear-cut programs in terms of graduation rates. It isn't much better for men's basketball, where UCLA ranks sixth in the conference in graduation rates. In women's volleyball, UCLA ranks 11th in the conference, beating out only Washington State.
And finally, some details of the contract Guerrero's getting:
In addition to a compensation increase, the contract — which is retroactive to April 1 — includes potential bonuses tied to performance. No tuition or state funds are utilized in the compensation package, which is funded exclusively through athletic department revenues and private fundraising
It's interesting that Guerrero got bumped up in pay, given no one thinks he's a successful athletic director. Also, "private fundraising" raises the question as to how much support Guerrero has outside of UCLA. Many alums have lamented the fact that Guerrero's still A.D., but is that just talk?
No one knows, and no one knows why Guerrero's coming back. Here's to an alcohol-laden six years, fellas.