November 20, 1991 |
A Big West-Western Athletic Conference merger of several Olympic sports is awaiting approval only from the WAC before the plan can be put into action, according to Jim Haney, Big West commissioner. WAC athletic directors met last month in Los Angeles with all but two of their counterparts from the Big West--Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach--to discuss merging several Olympic sports into what is currently being called the Big Western Conference.
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.
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.
December 17, 2003 |
Failing to get a coveted job can be a great career move. Just ask UCLA Coach Ben Howland, who lost out to Bob Williams five years ago for the vacancy at UC Santa Barbara. Howland grew up in Santa Barbara, was a Gaucho assistant for 12 years and at the time viewed becoming the successor to longtime Coach Jerry Pimm as a pinnacle.
March 11, 1995 |
Jim Harrick, bypassed three years ago when UCLA won the Pacific 10 Conference title, was named 1994-95 conference coach of the year for the first time and Ed O'Bannon was voted co-player of the year, the conference announced Friday. "It's nice to be voted by your fellow coaches," said Harrick, in his seventh season at UCLA. Harrick's honor was the first for a Bruin coach since Gary Cunningham in 1979. In 1991-'92, the last time UCLA won the Pac-10 title, USC's George Raveling got the award.
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 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.
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.