April 12, 1988 |
After twice being rebuffed by men with national reputations, UCLA turned to a local candidate with old school ties today, hiring Jim Harrick as basketball coach. Harrick is a former UCLA assistant who has been the head coach at Pepperdine in Malibu for the last nine years. Harrick succeeds Walt Hazzard, who was fired 13 days ago. Hazzard, a former UCLA star under John Wooden, was the Bruins' coach for four seasons. His teams were 77-47, including 16-14 this past season.
February 22, 2003
Who says that Steve Lavin can't coach? Just when we think that he only rolls the ball out and doesn't better the players after years of his tutelage, we learn that the fruits of his labors will pay off next year. Albeit his coaching is directed at Mr. Guerrero with his list of replacements, any one of the names that he mentioned in his weekly news conference should benefit the players who are fortunate to return. John Boyte Newhall T.J. Simers praises Lavin for his good humor and teaching prowess, while Bill Plaschke berates him for quitting and bailing out on his players!
February 23, 1995 |
Why is Jim Harrick so adamant about not wanting to be voted No. 1? Maybe because the last time UCLA climbed to the top of the polls this late in the season was not a pleasant experience. During the week of Feb. 19, 1979, the Bruins, led by David Greenwood, Kiki Vandeweghe and Brad Holland, were voted No. 1 with a 20-3 record. Gary Cunningham was in his last season as coach, and Harrick was one of his assistants. In its next game, UCLA traveled to Seattle to play struggling Washington.
November 30, 2013 |
You can use statistics to say whatever you want to say. UCLA's basketball team beat Northwestern on Friday to run its record to 7-0. Their Twitter feed boldly announced: “ @UCLAMBB UCLA's Steve Alford has become the program's first-ever head coach to lead the Bruins to a 7-0 record in his first season at the helm” Holy John Wooden! Ah, but there's fine print: UCLA has played Drexel, Oakland, Sacramento State, Morehead State, Chattanooga, Nevada and Northwestern.
November 9, 1996 |
How do you pass the time the night before a big game? If you're Harvard linebacker Joe Weidle, you go on national television, stick the entire stem of a tablespoon up your nose, then use it to gulp some Rice Krispies. Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe reported on Weidle's "stupid human trick" on "Late Night With David Letterman" on Nov. 1. Weidle told Shaughnessy of his technique: "A spoon is good and flat. It goes into my sinuses. I can actually taste the metal.
September 15, 2000
The Lancaster JetHawks, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners since their inception in 1995, will become an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lancaster's management group, which is already affiliated with the Diamondbacks in Yakima, Wash., and Missoula, Mont., announced it will sign a player development contract with Arizona in October when its contract with the Mariners expires.
March 25, 2013 |
How can they fire a coach who just won a conference championship? How can they fire a leader who spent 10 years winning more than twice as many games as he lost? How can they fire a salesman who last season brought in the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the country? Easily, and, perhaps, even admirably. UCLA fired Ben Howland as its basketball coach Sunday because UCLA still believes its basketball program is about something greater than conference championships, greater than number of victories, and greater than the projected promise of teenagers.
June 13, 2010 |
Of the untold number of deep relationships forged between John Wooden and his players, his friendship with former center Swen Nater stood out. Theirs was a friendship not just of respect and reverence, but also of rhyme. During the last dozen years, Nater sent his coach roughly 120 poems he composed, most of which were inspired by something Wooden had taught him at UCLA. "You try to give back to a teacher if you can," said Nater, 60, now a Costco executive. "He gave you so much, and it's difficult for a student to give back to a teacher.
September 1, 1994 |
John Easterbrook, associate athletic director at Fresno State, is expected to be named Cal State Fullerton's athletic director today. University President Milton Gordon has called an 11 a.m. news conference to introduce the successor to Bill Shumard, who resigned in May and later became an assistant athletic director at Long Beach State.
January 10, 1985 |
That supposed basketball afterthought from the Great Northwest, Washington State, scheduled to be only a bearer of good tidings this season, arrives in Pauley Pavilion tonight with a 10-2 record, a nine-game winning streak and something less gracious in mind than the usual bombing by the Bruins. The Cougars would like to beat UCLA in Los Angeles, which they have failed to do in 28 tries, or at Pauley, where they're a fast 0-19, foiled by one demon or another, striped or otherwise.