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January 20, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Coach Steve Lavin declined to comment Monday on the status of junior center Jelani McCoy. McCoy, suspended for the first nine games of the season for what UCLA described as a violation of athletic department rules and team policy, practiced Monday. But McCoy, asked twice last weekend about speculation that he was about to be suspended again, did not specifically rule out the possibility, saying Saturday, "I'm on the team--what does that tell you?"
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June 25, 1998 | SCOTT MOE
For a short time Wednesday night, it looked as if former UCLA Bruin Toby Bailey wouldn't have to go far to begin his NBA career. Then the phone rang. Shortly after being drafted by the Lakers with the 45th overall pick, Bailey, 6 feet 5, received a call from Phoenix, informing him he was traded to the Suns for future considerations. Jelani McCoy, another former Bruin who expected to go higher, was selected by Seattle with the 33rd pick. J.R.
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December 16, 1997 | TIM KAWAKAMI
In his most direct comments on the matter, Bruin Coach Steve Lavin suggested Monday that suspended center Jelani McCoy could be activated for games by next week--in time for McCoy to be in uniform Dec. 27 when UCLA plays at Nevada Las Vegas. That would give McCoy at least two games--the Bruins play host to Illinois on Dec. 30--before their Pacific 10 Conference opener at Arizona on Jan. 3. Lavin said that McCoy, who was indefinitely suspended Sept.
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February 18, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Senior Kris Johnson, one of Jelani McCoy's closest friends, blamed himself Tuesday for some of the troubles that led to the junior center's resignation from the team over the weekend. "None of this would have happened," said Johnson, who was indefinitely suspended along with McCoy on Sept. 29, "if we had not gotten into trouble and had the year everybody expected us to have . . . trouble-free and stress-free. "I definitely feel responsibility.
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December 5, 1997 | TIM KAWAKAMI
The Bruins will benefit immediately from Jelani McCoy's return to practice from suspension, Coach Steve Lavin said, simply because it creates a different tone for the big men. Lavin, who said McCoy has "led us to two Pac-10 titles," pointed out J.R. Henderson has nobody else on the team who can match up with him during workouts. "It's just a lot different when you've got a 6-10 guy in there," Lavin said. "That's a whole different situation--Jelani and J.R.
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June 25, 1998 | SCOTT MOE
For a short time Wednesday night, it looked as if former UCLA Bruin Toby Bailey wouldn't have to go far to begin his NBA career. Then the phone rang. Shortly after being drafted by the Lakers with the 45th overall pick, Bailey, 6 feet 5, received a call from Phoenix, informing him he was traded to the Suns for future considerations. Jelani McCoy, another former Bruin who expected to go higher, was selected by Seattle with the 33rd pick. J.R.
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December 7, 1996 | TIM KAWAKAMI
NONCONFERENCE * No. 1 KANSAS (6-0) at No. 17 UCLA (1-1) Time--12:30 p.m. TV--Channel 2. Radio--XTRA (690), KIEV (870). The Bruins will need to step up their performance to stay with the Jayhawks, who keep winning without senior point guard Jacque Vaughn, who has a wrist injury. How does Kansas do it? Mostly with clutch offensive play by forwards Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz, and serious defense. Opponents are shooting less than 37%.
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January 10, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Though he had said he would probably move center Jelani McCoy back into the starting lineup for tonight's game against Oregon, Coach Steve Lavin said Friday he plans no change, at least for now. That means he doesn't have to choose between removing either Kris Johnson, the team's hottest shooter, or Earl Watson, probably its biggest surprise, until next week's games at California and Stanford, when McCoy's size almost certainly will be needed in the lineup.
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February 16, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI
The Bruins now face life without the resigned Jelani McCoy, their only true center. But, according to the statistics, they had basically been playing with only half of McCoy this season. In his 15 games, the junior played an average of 21.2 minutes, and was on the bench for the end of almost every tight contest--including the final 12:45 against California on Saturday.
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December 29, 1997 | TIM KAWAKAMI
The return of Jelani McCoy from suspension does create one mini-dilemma for Coach Steve Lavin: What do you do about freshman guard Earl Watson, who has performed so well getting about 35 minutes a game? Lavin says, at least at the outset, that he will not have a concrete five-man lineup, that the rotation will evolve during the conference season. "I don't know what I'm going to do--I'm going to go game-to-game with it, look at matchups, look at situations to determine it," Lavin said.
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February 17, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four seasons of Cameron Dollar did not exhaust UCLA's need for him, not by at least a year and probably much more than that. Without the former Bruin point guard now, without his ability and will to knock prima donnas off pedestals and transform platitudes into promises, the Bruins look less like a cohesive unit than a careless NBA tryout camp. With all the problems and drop-outs of the NBA lifestyle.
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February 16, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the school Sunday cautiously calling it a resignation and the junior center unavailable for comment of any kind, Jelani McCoy finally gave up his battle to remain a member of the UCLA basketball team. In an appropriately haphazard, attention-getting and incomplete finale to McCoy's chaotic collegiate career, McCoy surrendered in the mysterious manner: He resigned. But, only weeks before the NCAA tournament, nobody talking on Sunday could say why or exactly how it happened.
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February 16, 1998 | BILL PLASCHKE
There are but three words to describe Sunday's somber, premature departure of a great young athlete from a historic college basketball program. It's about time. A 6-foot-10 broken promise no longer will be brooding on the UCLA bench. A premonition of dread will be swept from the locker room. The roster can be written in ink. Excuse me for not showing more compassion for a 20-year-old who just ruined the opportunity of a lifetime.
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February 16, 1998 | From Associated Press
UCLA center Jelani McCoy, the school's career leader in blocked shots, quit the team Sunday, citing "intense media scrutiny" in the past several months. McCoy, a junior, was suspended for violation of athletic department policies and team rules in late September and reinstated to playing status in late December. School officials never specified what those violations were.
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February 16, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI
The Bruins now face life without the resigned Jelani McCoy, their only true center. But, according to the statistics, they had basically been playing with only half of McCoy this season. In his 15 games, the junior played an average of 21.2 minutes, and was on the bench for the end of almost every tight contest--including the final 12:45 against California on Saturday.
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February 15, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Frustrated by his continued lack of playing time--specifically, his 13-minute outing Saturday against California--center Jelani McCoy apparently is weighing whether to quit the team. "I talked to him tonight and he was real down," said a source who spoke to McCoy on Saturday night. "I think he felt like quitting earlier today [Saturday]. But he said he hadn't made a final decision. He's going to talk to his mother and his father tomorrow [today] and decide then."
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November 17, 1995 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jelani McCoy kept blocking shots and power dunking, Kevin Dempsey kept moving his way into the regular rotation, and UCLA finished off the exhibition season Thursday with an easy, 88-71 victory over a Hungarian club team before 6,790 at Pauley Pavilion. In their final outing before kicking off the season against Santa Clara in the Maui Invitational next Monday, the Bruins played in fits and starts against ZTE-Goldsun before a late first-half surge put the game away.
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December 11, 1997 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Coach Steve Lavin made a point to praise the practice performance of Jelani McCoy in front of the team and to reporters this week, after a Tuesday workout that Lavin called "the best practice I've seen in the three years he's been here." McCoy, the Bruins' only center, returned to practice last week after an indefinite suspension, and is expected to be cleared for games by late December and in full game shape for UCLA's Pacific 10 Conference opener at Arizona on Jan. 3.
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January 28, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The coach shrugged and pointed to the athletic director, who referred everything to the lawyer, who said it was all up to the player involved, true or false, suspended or not. And, in the last chapter of this legalistic day, Jelani McCoy, the center of attention, said he did not even want to address the issue any longer.
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January 20, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Coach Steve Lavin declined to comment Monday on the status of junior center Jelani McCoy. McCoy, suspended for the first nine games of the season for what UCLA described as a violation of athletic department rules and team policy, practiced Monday. But McCoy, asked twice last weekend about speculation that he was about to be suspended again, did not specifically rule out the possibility, saying Saturday, "I'm on the team--what does that tell you?"
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