March 20, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - He's been on the job nearly a full calendar year, leading a young basketball team to a conference tournament championship while filling a dormant program with energy and hope. Yet Steve Alford's career as UCLA basketball coach doesn't officially begin until right now. Friday night, Viejas Arena, NCAA tournament, opening game, Tulsa waiting. Despair waiting, relief waiting, ghosts waiting. "This is when the UCLA coaching hot seat gets really hot," said Tracy Murray, former Bruins star and current team radio analyst.
October 2, 2013 |
UCLA nose tackle Seali'i Epenesa remembers his visit to Utah as a sophomore in 2011. "I saw snow for the first time in my entire life," he said. Utah won, 31-6, on an icy field that became a slippery slope for the Bruins. UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure recalls a field trip to Salt Lake City in 2007. "We went up there highly ranked; we were undefeated," he said. Utah won, 44-6, in game that had neither snow nor a UCLA touchdown. The Bruins return Thursday to open Pac-12 Conference play at Utah.
August 10, 2013 |
Running back Malcolm Jones lowered his shoulder and charged through players for a big gain Saturday. Later, he burst through a hole and chewed up more yardage. The 2009 National Gatorade player of the year is doing all he can to wedge himself back into the UCLA program. Jones walked away from UCLA after one game a year ago, forfeiting his scholarship. He considered transferring to San Diego State, but then changed his mind last winter. He returned to the Bruins as a walk-on for his senior season.
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June 27, 2013 |
Debate continued Thursday over the upcoming switch that will end any state funding for UCLA's MBA program and make it dependent on tuition and donations. UC system President Mark G. Yudof this week approved the plan with some measures to ensure the program remains under UC control. The proposal for financial "self-support" was advocated for nearly three years by leaders of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, but critics contend it is a step toward privatization of a public university.
April 27, 2013 |
How good is UCLA punter Jeff Locke? He was the first punter taken in the NFL draft and only the 22nd punter drafted in the last 10 years. Locke was picked in the fifth round, the 115th selection overall this week, by the Minnesota Vikings. Only eight punters have been drafted higher since 2003. Locke's versatility adds to his appeal. He is effective at kickoffs and can handle field goals if needed. He is also one of the most intelligent players to pass through the UCLA program.
April 24, 2013 |
UCLA football is embracing a high-tech future. The Bruins unveiled a new gizmo Wednesday: the CoachComm Tempo, a system that includes two Led Zeppelin-ready speakers and that can run the clock and scoreboard, simulate crowd noise, play music and be used to amplify the instructions of coaches. "A lot of teams around the country are using this," Coach Jim Mora said. "Oregon uses it; Chip Kelly bought one when he went to [coach] Philadelphia. We talked to five or six coaches and they all said it would help practice efficiency.