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UCLA Football: 3 Stats From 2012 That Need Improvement In 2013

In less than 100 days, UCLA will begin its most anticipated football season in awhile. For the first time in what seems like awhile, multiple players on this UCLA team have been tabbed as preseason All-Americans—in Brett Hundley, Anthony Barr and Xavier Su'a-Filo—while the squad possesses two bona fide Heisman candidates in Barr and Hundley. All of this is a result of...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Shabazz Muhammad, Prima Donna, Wasn't Even UCLA's Best Player In 2013

Perhaps the highest-profile player in the past half-decade at UCLA has also been the most polarizing for casual fans of college hoops and college basketball analysts alike. From the get-go, Muhammad was put under a microscope, his every action scrutinized—on the court and off of it.  This is expected. Muhammad was billed as a transcendent talent, a player many projected would...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Football: Defense Will Survive Without Odighizuwa

If you've missed the news, UCLA defensive lineman Owamagbe Odighizuwa -- or "Owa" to the casual UCLA fan -- has been ruled out for the 2013-14 football season due to hip surgery. Obviously, this is a huge blow to a UCLA defense that's going to be, for the most part, young and raw, a team that will likely see freshman start at least half of its defensive backfield...
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November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Football: On Jim Mora and the Sophomore Slump

On April 27, fans will get to take another offseason look at the second year under UCLA head coach Jim Mora. The first spring game was met with curiousity, skepticism, scrutiny, and perhaps cautious optimism. This year? It's all optimism. And that's too bad. Because while UCLA football is clearly headed in the right direction, under the intense guidance of Jim...
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November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Twitter Reacts: Datone Jones Gets Drafted, Matt Barkley Gets Shafted

UCLA Twitter is a real thing, and the Internet Bruins were in full-force on Thursday night, as the first day of the 2013 NFL Draft took place.. Quick recap: Datone Jones was drafted No. 25 to the Green Bay Packers, while former Heisman favorite and future reality TV star, Matt Barkley, will be relegated to the second round. Those strings of events were the only thing that...
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November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Football: 3 Stats From 2012 That Need Improvement In 2013

In less than 100 days, UCLA will begin its most anticipated football season in awhile. For the first time in what seems like awhile, multiple players on this UCLA team have been tabbed as preseason All-Americans—in Brett Hundley, Anthony Barr and Xavier Su'a-Filo—while the squad possesses two bona fide Heisman candidates in Barr and Hundley. All of this is a result of...
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May 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Shabazz Muhammad, Prima Donna, Wasn't Even UCLA's Best Player In 2013

Perhaps the highest-profile player in the past half-decade at UCLA has also been the most polarizing for casual fans of college hoops and college basketball analysts alike. From the get-go, Muhammad was put under a microscope, his every action scrutinized—on the court and off of it.  This is expected. Muhammad was billed as a transcendent talent, a player many projected would...
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May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Twitter Reacts: Datone Jones Gets Drafted, Matt Barkley Gets Shafted

UCLA Twitter is a real thing, and the Internet Bruins were in full-force on Thursday night, as the first day of the 2013 NFL Draft took place.. Quick recap: Datone Jones was drafted No. 25 to the Green Bay Packers, while former Heisman favorite and future reality TV star, Matt Barkley, will be relegated to the second round. Those strings of events were the only thing that...
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April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Football: Adrian Klemm Isn't Very Pleased With His Offensive Line

Perhaps one of UCLA's biggest areas of weakness last year was the offensive line. Indeed, the Bruins' offensive line finished in the bottom-10 in sacks allowed, letting their QB get hammered 3.5 times per game. (And if you want to attribute that to UCLA just playing a more uptempo game, note that Hundley was sacked on 8.99 percent of all passing plays, still bottom-15 in...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Jim Mora, UCLA Athletics Welcome Gay Athletes, Coaches And So Should Everyone Else

With the topic of gay marriage and gay rights resurfacing recently -- especially in the context of football, thanks to the efforts of NFL Bruins Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo -- UCLA athletics took the correct stance on the issue. In a short clip, various UCLA athletes and coaches officially welcomed gay athletes and coaches to their respective programs under the "You...
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April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Basketball: Kyle Anderson To Return For 2013-14, Which Is The Right Call For Everyone

No one doubted that Kyle Anderson wouldn't leave Westwood for big money in the NBA after a single season, but the 6'9'' point forward made it official on Monday night. The sophomore forward out of New Jersey's father told CBS Sports that he would indeed dress in Bruin Blue and Gold for another year: Kyle Anderson will definitely return to UCLA, his...
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April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Football: A Look At Pitt RB Rushel Shell, Who May Transfer To UCLA

If you didn't know, UCLA football is currently thin as hell at running back, thanks to the departure of perhaps the greatest ball-carrier in UCLA history in Johnathan Franklin. Franklin leaves behind a running back corps filled with talent but riddled by inexperience. And while that won't get alleviated immediately, it's not as if the issue gets better automatically...
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April 14, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Should Retire Jackie Robinson's No. 42 Across All Men's Sports

The number 42. It's an iconic number, one that's revered by many and hated by none. No professional baseball player is allowed to wear it, and it's also a freaking movie. All this caused by Jackie Robinson, the man who changed baseball forever. Indeed, every Major League Baseball team retired Robinson's number for his contributions to the game. He desegregated...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Football: Jim Mora Thinks Anthony Barr Deserves Heisman Hype, But Does He?

If you're one of those jackwagons that reads titles and opening sentences before reading the entire post, then let me answer the question posed in said title for your low-attention-span butt: Yes, of course UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr deserves preseason Heisman consideration. Coming off a wildly successful 2012 season, UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr has received considerable...
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April 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Steve Alford Issues Statement Regarding Rape Case At Iowa, Which Helps His Cause At UCLA

One of the biggest criticisms of the hiring of UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford was that he once defended a tried-and-true rapist during his time at Iowa. Iowa fans still hate him to this day, and the history that resurfaced has troubled UCLA fans everywhere. To add on to that, Alford seemed anything but regretful, claiming he had only done what was asked by the University...
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April 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Rysheed Jordan 'Expected' To Spurn UCLA, Choose St. John's For Whatever Reason

Highly-touted basketball recruit and oddly-named point guard Rysheed Jordan is "expected to choose St. John's" over UCLA and Temple on Thursday, according to Adam Zagoria. Of course, Zagoria's been wrong before and some would argue he's wrong more often than he's right. However, his "sources" are those close to St. John's, and if you keep...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Rysheed Jordan Paramount to 2013 UCLA Basketball Recruiting Class

The 2012-13 NCAA men's basketball season is over. It ended when Louisville took home their own trophy on Monday night, which is just their third in program history. (Big deal - UCLA has 11; call us when you reach the halfway point, Rick Pitino.) With that, though, comes the scrambling associated with basketball recruiting. For UCLA, that scramble is mostly over. The Bruins...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Basketball: Tony Parker Tweets He's A Bruin, Won't Transfer

The wait is over: UCLA big man Tony Parker, who was struggling for much of the 2012-13 season, has basically announced via Twitter that he does not have any intentions of leaving Westwood. Amidst speculation -- and after clear signs of dissatisfaction with the program on the part of Parker -- the 6'9'' forward/center out of Georgia sent this tweet: UCLA I...
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April 08, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Basketball: Steve Alford's Résumé, By The Numbers

It's been well over a week since UCLA hired Steve Alford as its head basketball coach and, despite this, no one is quite sure what to make of the hire. While many have accepted the fact that he's made New Mexico a hegemon within its conference, it's also well-known that his NCAA tournament success is anything but. While he ran a clean program at UNM for the six years...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Extends Athletic Director Dan Guerrero's Contract, Which Makes No One Happy

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. First, this: Since Guerrero's appointment to the post...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA's Tony Parker Calls Westwood "Fakewood" On Instagram As His Decision To Return Looms

For months, speculation has run rampant regarding the future of UCLA big man Tony Parker. Ever since he was marginalized by Ben Howland back when Howland was coached, Parker has been at odds with his decision to take his talents to Westwood. Back in January, when asked if he had regretted his decision, Parker infamously answered "no comment," and other quotes in the...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

USC Basketball Makes The Hire No One Wanted To Make

First, a disclaimer. This is a UCLA blog. Let's get that straight. Let's also understand this: Every collegiate athletics fan lives by a few rules. One of those rules is knowing your rival nearly as much as you know your own team. While USC fans tend to play this off as an "obsession," their inability to understand what their rivals do makes them an inherently...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Football: First Spring Practice Notes From Around The Web

UCLA football has now become the dominant topic in Westwood, and for good reason - it's time for spring football, and with all the narratives and uncertainties surrounding the Bruins (there aren't that many, but still), this spring will be one to keep your eye on. But while we're all UCLA football nuts, your humble narrator isn't about to get up at 6 a.m. to watch...
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April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Football Spring Practice 2013: A Primer

It's officially football season.  UCLA football begins spring practice on Tuesday at 7 a.m., meaning absolutely no one will go without ingesting at least five cups of coffee.  Last season, fans came out in full force, filling Spaulding Field for over three-quarters of all practices. Back then, no one knew if Jim Mora would be able to back up his talk of "culture...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

UCLA Basketball Hires Steve Alford, And No One Should Be Mad

In a surprising move to some, New Mexico head coach Steve Alford reneged on a 10-year contract extension to head west and become UCLA's new basketball coach. Alford coached New Mexico to its best years since the Lobos joined the Mountain West Conference, getting his program to three NCAA tournament appearances in four years, the best stretch in New Mexico history since Dave...
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March 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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