March 1, 2012
I'd like to take a moment to address the article which appeared in this week's Sports Illustrated concerning our men's basketball program. You have been such a great supporter of UCLA Athletics, and I know that you may have questions.
I am disappointed that the alleged actions of a select few could cast doubts on all that is great about UCLA Athletics. At UCLA, we take very seriously anything that challenges our long-held values as an athletic department and as a university.
As a lifelong Bruin, I take enormous pride in the conduct of all of our coaches, staff, and student-athletes. Please be assured that the athletic administration on this campus continues to work tirelessly to ensure that all of our student-athletes take pride in what UCLA is about. Those of us fortunate enough to work with our student-athletes do everything in our power to make sure the values of UCLA Athletics are instilled in them each and every day.
Like many of you, my resolve to restore our program to its place among the nation's elite has never been stronger.
I ask you to continue to support the young men and women who represent UCLA in their chosen sport every day. The Bruin family must now, more than ever, come together.
Thank you for your continued support of UCLA Athletics.
Director of Athletics, UCLA