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November 10, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad could miss 10 basketball games before he is cleared to compete for the Bruins, according to guidelines the NCAA uses to establish eligibility. That figure is based on The Times' understanding of the alleged violations that prompted the NCAA to declare the 6-foot-6 swingman ineligible Friday. The number could change if the NCAA finds mitigating or aggravating factors in the case as it continues to examine information before making any additional ruling.
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November 3, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
On the morning of Halloween, Kyle Anderson was called into an office. The UCLA freshman point guard expected trouble, but instead he received news he had been waiting weeks to hear. The NCAA had cleared him , meaning he'd be eligible to play for the Bruins this season. "Words couldn't describe how happy I was," the men's basketball guard said Friday night after UCLA's "Pauley Madness" event at Pauley Pavilion, his first public comments since being cleared. The NCAA was investigating ties between a sports agent and Anderson's father, Kyle Sr. UCLA officials had long expected Anderson to be cleared, but the process dragged on weeks longer than they expected.
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April 24, 2012 | Chris Foster
Tony Parker, last of the blue-chip high school seniors on UCLA's basketball recruiting wish list, gave three reasons Monday after announcing that he had chosen the Bruins. Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams. Parker, a 6-foot-9, 280-pound center from Lithonia, Ga., was in the spotlight alone in making his choice later than most, but the moment he signified his decision by putting on a UCLA cap, he became part of a foursome. "I thought I would go somewhere where I could really succeed with the freshmen that came in with me," Parker said.
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March 14, 2012 | Chris Foster
PORTLAND, Ore. -- New Mexico's Drew Gordon came to Portland to play in the NCAA tournament;  the Lobos face Long Beach State Thursday. Yet UCLA questions followed him to the Rose Garden. Gordon transferred from UCLA shortly after the 2009-10 season began, and the question why popped up again during Wednesday's press conference. “I just didn't get along with the coach,” said Gordon, who was clearly uncomfortable discussing the topic. “Sometimes people pick the wrong school for the wrong reasons.
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March 7, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's Jerime Anderson got a split lip, which required a couple of stitches to close. Teammate Lazeric Jones shot a free throw that looked even uglier, with the ball not reaching the rim. David Wear missed a dunk. Joshua Smith missed the bus. There were enough isolated incidents to keep the social media world humming. But the lesson to be learned from the Bruins' 55-40 victory over injury-ravaged USC Wednesday was that someone has to win. UCLA (19-13) will play Arizona (21-10)
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March 6, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Ben Howland is hoping to see center Joshua Smith take a tip -- or two -- from former Bruin Kevin Love. Love reshaped his body before his one season at UCLA. He is in even better condition since being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves after the 2007-08 season. Smith, who is 6 feet 10 and weighs more than 300 pounds, has admitted that he needs to be in better shape. “Kevin spoke with Josh this [past] summer and they spent some time together,” Howland said.
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March 5, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Lorenzo Romar's Washington Huskies men's basketball team became champion of the Pac-12 Conference's regular season when Stanford upset California, 75-70, on Sunday. The Huskies are probably headed to the NCAA tournament no matter what happens during the conference tournament this week at Staples Center, but Romar would like his team to guarantee its own place. Washington, 21-9 overall and 14-4 in Pac-12 play, has won 13 of its last 16 games The Huskies are led by sophomore guard Terrence Ross, who averages 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds, and freshman guard Tony Wroten, who is averaging 16.3 points and 3.7 assists.
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March 4, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
So, another Southland college basketball coach is taking heat. Tim Floyd was here three years ago, when the former USC coach was accused of handing an envelope of cash to one of the hangers-on around star Trojans guard O.J. Mayo. Floyd, angered that then-Athletic Director Mike Garrett wasn't supportive with a roster weakened by the NBA departures of DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Daniel Gibson, resigned in June 2009 and has now moved on to Texas El Paso. The NCAA never found he had engaged in the alleged cash exchange.
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February 29, 2012 | By Chris Foster
When: 7:30. Where: Sports Arena. On the air: Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 16-13, 9-7 Pac-12; Washington State 14-14, 6-10. Update: UCLA will try to improve its credentials for the tournament … the National Invitation Tournament. Winning the Pac-12 tournament is the only scenario in which the Bruins end up in the NCAA tournament. But even their NIT chances seem iffy at the moment. UCLA Coach Ben Howland called Washington State center Brock Motum the "most improved player in the conference" from a year ago. Motum had 25 points against the Bruins last month.
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February 29, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Ben Howland reiterated that he has “made mistakes, along the way,” in judging the abilities and character of players during recruiting in recent seasons. But he said that was “surprised by the assertions” in a Sports Illustrated story that portrayed his program as out of control. “Some [of the instances] I had no knowledge about, some were taken out of context and some were not true,” Howland said. As to whether he expected to return as UCLA's coach, Howland said he and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero meet every year to “talk about our strengths and weaknesses and what we need to get better at. … I am very confident that I will lead this program lead in the future.” The story cited instances in which former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson intentionally went after teammates during practice without repercussions from Howland.
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