June 18, 2013 |
The schedule for Steve Alford's first season as UCLA's basketball coach comes dressed for success. The Bruins do have a date with Duke in Madison Square Garden on Dec. 19, and there is a potentially rough trip to Missouri on Dec. 7. But five of nine nonconference opponents failed to crack .500 last season, including the Bruins' first four opponents -- Drexel, Oakland, Sacramento State and UC Santa Barbara. UCLA will play in the Las Vegas Invitational, but only two of the other seven teams in the tournament had winning records in 2012-13.
June 18, 2013 |
The words “North Carolina State” have to make a UCLA fan cringe. The Bruins met the Wolfpack in the 1974 Final Four. John Wooden had seven consecutive NCAA championships. He didn't win an eighth straight. It could work out better today. The Bruins won't have to face David Thompson today. They will be dealing with pitcher Logan Jernigan in the College World Series at 5 p.m. PDT. Coach Elliott Avent hemmed and hawed before naming a starter. The Wolfpacks' rotation thins out considerably after Carlos Rodon, who threw eight shutout innings against North Carolina Sunday.
June 7, 2013 |
Wanaah Bail, a 6-foot-9 forward from Texas Tech, will attend UCLA. He signed a grant-in-aid with the Bruins this week. Bail signed with Texas Tech and enrolled in school last summer but left schiool before fall practice began. It was reported that he had a rocky relationship with Texas Tech basketball coach Billy Gillispie, who resigned before the season began. Whether Bail will be eligible to play this season is undetermined, according to a UCLA news release. ALSO: A look back at Secretariat's 31-length Belmont victory Watch Yasiel Puig's grand slam against the Atlanta Braves Watch Tony Parker make amazing shot to help Spurs beat the Heat
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May 30, 2013 |
Ronald Holmes, father of former UCLA basketball star Shabazz Muhammad and himself a former hoops standout, has been indicted on federal fraud charges. Holmes, 51, was detained Thursday in Las Vegas. He has pleaded not guilty to bank fraud, as well as counts for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud. According to the indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, Holmes and several unnamed associates used fraudulent information and straw buyers to obtain home mortgages and buy and sell houses, keeping the proceeds for themselves.
April 3, 2013 |
Steve Alford was formally introduced as UCLA's basketball coach Tuesday, at center court in Pauley Pavilion. He mentioned John Wooden three times during his first three minutes in the Westwood spotlight. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero noted the "blending the past, present and, of course, the future" of Bruins basketball. Alford, hired away from New Mexico, hopes to live up to UCLA's past, symbols of which were located high above him, where aging national championship banners dangle.
March 30, 2013 |
Steve Alford might not seem to have many ties to UCLA basketball. He played at Indiana for Coach Bob Knight, who seemed to go out of his way to praise Pete Newell at the expense of John Wooden, who like Alford was an all-state high school player in Indiana who became an All-American in college and led his team to an NCAA title. But here's a nugget I found from an extensive 1997 story I did on Alford when he was coaching at Southwest Missouri State. After Alford was released by the Sacramento Kings in 1992, he was offered a job to coach Division III Manchester College in Indiana. The school was looking for a home-state hero to rescue a struggling basketball program.
March 29, 2013 |
Next. UCLA will not have Brad Stevens as a its basketball coach, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak on the matter. Stevens will remain at Butler, where he has led the Bulldogs to two appearances in the national championship game since 2010. ESPN first reported the story. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero had focused his attention on Stevens this week after Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart removed himself from the board by agreeing to a contract extension.
March 27, 2013
Re "A father's hoops dream," Column One, March 22 What Ron Holmes has done with his son Shabazz Muhammad's athletic prowess is nothing new. Sadly, many parents have viewed their progeny as a way to enrich themselves or to live vicariously through them. The problem occurs when the child either fails or doesn't follow the script. What's troubling about this predetermined path is that there is seldom a fallback plan. Given the amount of traveling the UCLA basketball star has done, how many classes could he possibly have attended?
March 27, 2013 |
This is anything but a slam-dunk. Heck, it's not even a sky hook. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to be the next UCLA basketball coach. The former Bruins star, appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday night, said, “I would certainly be interested in being the coach of the team. It would be great to have the opportunity to restore the program to what it was. Not necessarily in terms of winning, but having the guys get their degrees and learn about the game of basketball.” Abdul-Jabbar has a better chance of riding the winner in the Kentucky Derby.
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.