September 14, 2012 |
Say the words "Sal Alosi" and watch UCLA football players snap to attention. The name inspires respect — and a certain amount of nervousness. You couldn't ask for more from a strength and conditioning coach. "The first workout, I made a little joke," defensive end Datone Jones said. "Coach Alosi came over and said, 'Did I give you permission to speak?' I went, 'Wow, this guy is for real.'" Ask a player, get a story. Alosi is intense. On a scale of 1 to 10, "he's a 12," safety Andrew Abbott said, laughing.
November 6, 2013 |
Eddie Vanderdoes Jr. vividly remembers his first football game. He was 8, but two things rush back at him. "I had seven tackles," the UCLA freshman defensive end recalls, "and the guy I was going against had B.O. " The memory inspires an impish grin that looked out of place on the face of a 6-foot-4, 305-pound football player. "He really smelled," Vanderdoes added. This is the happy-go-lucky Vanderdoes, the guy even his father calls a big lug. "He likes to be a little goofy," Eddie Vanderdoes Sr. said.
November 15, 2013 |
There seems little chance of the Pac-12 and DirecTV coming to terms. Conference Commissioner Larry Scott said that there have been no recent talks with DirectTV and Charter Cable officials. He also said that the conference has little wiggle room. Neither provider offers the Pac-12 Networks. "In the last couple months, our team reached out, but there has been no movement," Scott said. "We're still at an impasse. I hope the logjam will break at some point.
August 8, 2013 |
Quarterback Brett Hundley is still building his legacy at UCLA. The Bruins, though, look like they have their next guy. Freshman Asiantii Woulard already has the look of an heir. Woulard, from Winter Park, Fla., a late pickup in recruiting, had a second strong day Thursday, though Coach Jim Mora was cautious. "He's swimming," Mora said. "He's swimming mentally. " Maybe others should take a dip in that pool. Woulard has demonstrated both arm strength and touch the first two days.
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October 18, 2013 |
UCLA's policies and procedures are inadequate to deal with increasing complaints of racial bias among faculty - nearly all of whom surveyed said they had experienced some level of discrimination, according to an internal report obtained by The Times. The report also found that allegations of overt racism were not investigated and, if they were, they rarely resulted in sanctions or punishments. The review, which was launched by Chancellor Gene D. Block in 2012 after he was approached by a group of concerned faculty, found that university policies regarding racial bias and discrimination were vague and insufficient.
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July 18, 2013 |
Dr. Christian Head, a surgeon at UCLA's medical school, will receive $4.5 million to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents, the university system announced Thursday. The agreement settles the lawsuit , filed in April, that accused the university of failing to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation against Head. The head and neck surgeon alleged that he was retaliated against for filing complaints through normal channels and was denied teaching opportunities.
November 12, 2013 |
Bellevue, the tech-savvy bedroom community across Lake Washington from Seattle, has had a tremendous impact on UCLA football. The city is just a short drive over the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge from the University of Washington, but two of its favorite sons drifted south to Westwood. Jim Mora, the pre-Starbucks kid who played at Bellevue Interlake High, has created a football renaissance at UCLA. He has the Bruins back in the rankings at No. 13 and also in the Rose Bowl race.
November 14, 2012 |
In the last 15 years, I've covered nearly every USC road game where the Trojans marching band performs on the field, and there's always a moment in those games that makes me cringe. It's the moment before the pregame show in which the USC drum major majestically - or is that tauntingly? - plants a sword in the middle of the opponent's field. I hate it. I'm stunned other schools allow it. It feels like more than just a piece of metal digging into grass, it feels like a lack of respect burrowing under the stadium's skin.
July 11, 2013 |
The mud and slop into which big-time college athletics keeps descending never ceases to amaze. Tuesday's story in The Times about Steve Alford's financial situation at UCLA is merely more sewage on the sludge. Let us count the ways, remembering as we go that: •This is the school that has forever promoted and flaunted the principles of John Wooden. •Times have changed. Athletic finances and athletic egos have become inflated. •(Again) This is the school that has forever promoted and flaunted the principles of John Wooden.
October 24, 2013 |
UCLA Coach Jim Mora met this week with the firm that has been hired to design a football building adjacent to Spaulding Field. The project is expected to cost about $50 million. Now all UCLA needs is $48 million more to make it happen. Athletic program officials should move quickly. UCLA's success under Mora has fans - and potential donors - interested. There was a 21% increase in football attendance last season, which translated into more than $6 million in additional revenue.