No. 13 UCLA took a big loss before its season even began on Friday night.
The NCAA ruled freshman Shabazz Muhammad is ineligible to play basketball after violating amateurism rules, leaving the Bruins without their highly touted recruit to start the season.
The school announced the NCAA's ruling in a statement from athletic director Dan Guerrero about 80 minutes before the Bruins' season opener against Indiana State on Friday night, which was expected to be a celebration of the reopening of newly renovated Pauley Pavilion.
''The NCAA has finally determined that a violation of the NCAA amateurism rules has occurred involving UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad and his family,'' Guerrero said. ''As a result, he is ineligible for competition at this time. We are extremely disappointed that the NCAA has made this determination.''
Guerrero said UCLA believes ''the decision is incorrect and unjust to Shabazz.''
He said the school will pursue its options to challenge the NCAA ruling....