November 28, 2013 |
The former UCLA football player glistened with tough, his blade prosthetic a shiny blur as he sprinted into the Rose Bowl. This popular offensive lineman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 16 months ago brought the blue-clad crowd to its feet Saturday night as he led UCLA out of the locker room for the second half against Arizona State, thousands cheering the epitome of a gutty little Bruin. If only they had seen what happened next. If only they had seen their powerful Bruins symbol jog off into the deep embrace of the popular volleyball player who has been quietly carrying him through this nightmare.
July 9, 2013 |
UCLA fans better get used to the sight of Steve Alford. Win or lose, he's going to be around for quite some time. That's because UCLA's new head basketball coach is bound to the program - and it to him - by a $10.4-million buyout clause worth four times his annual pay. That stricture, unusually large by college coaching standards, is one of several eye-catching terms in Alford's contract , which had not before been made public but has...
July 12, 2013 |
The recent heated discussion over the merits of Steve Alford's salary to coach basketball at UCLA included a little analysis from reader Scott Ninegar. John Wooden was paid $6,000 to coach the Bruins in 1948, his first season at UCLA. In today's dollars, Ninegar calculated, Wooden's $6,000 would be $57,994 when adjusted for inflation. Wooden's final salary in the 1975 season, when he won his 10th NCAA title, was $40,500. Ninegar calculated that would now be $175,358. Alford's salary is $2.6 million a year for seven years. Ninegar has that at 14.8 times what Wooden's $175,358 would have been after adjusting for inflation.
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June 5, 2010 |
John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who became an icon of American sports while guiding the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and '70s and remained in the spotlight during retirement with his "Pyramid of Success" motivational program, has died. He was 99. Wooden died Friday evening of natural causes at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the university announced. He had been hospitalized since last week for dehydration. Though the stern, dignified Midwesterner's fame extended beyond the sports world, it was Wooden's achievements during 27 seasons at UCLA that put him in the company of such legendary coaches as the Green Bay Packers' Vince Lombardi and Notre Dame's Knute Rockne.
April 4, 2011 |
Here's something Blake Griffin might not know: The dunk shot, once banned from college and high school basketball, was reinstated 35 years ago this week. … Fans applauded the move as long overdue, but John Wooden lamented, "I think it would have been better to leave it out. " … Banished in March 1967, two days after sophomore Lew Alcindor led UCLA to the NCAA championship, dunks were not reinstituted until after the Bruins had won seven more. … "I hated to see them put the dunk out at the time," Wooden told the New York Times in 1976.
November 28, 2012 |
UCLA junior center Joshua Smith has quit the Bruins basketball team, the school announced Wednesday, thus ending his up-and-down career in Westwood that has been plagued by weight and conditioning issues. “I have made the decision to leave the program for personal reasons,” Smith said in a statement. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCLA and am grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to me here.” Smith has been...