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Bruins Nation May 26, 2016

More Important Than Winning: Baylor Fires Football Coach Art Briles

It's hard to look at today's news and not be reminded of the firestorm that ensued when UCLA hired Steve Alford. It's been three and a half years since UCLA met Baylor in the 2012 Holiday Bowl. Today, that seems like an eternity ago. In case you haven't heard, heads were rolling at Baylor today. Not only did University President and Chancellor Ken Starr get demoted to just Chancellor, but Baylor Football Coach Art Briles was fired. It wasn't because of anything which occurred on the field. It was the result of an independent investigation requested by the Baylor University Board of Regents...
Bruins Nation May 25, 2016

UCLA Women's Golf Loses to Washington in NCAA Semifinals

The UCLA Women's Golf team lost in the semifinals of match play to the University of Washington yesterday. The UCLA Women's Golf team's quest for UCLA's 114th National Championship ended yesterday in the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships when the team lost to fourth-seeded Washington, 3-1-1. Earlier in the day, the Bruins defeated Oregon, 4-0-1, to advance to the semifinals. Match play scoring is different than stroke play scoring. With match play scoring, golfers go head-to-head and the winner is the one who wins more holes, rather than the one who has the fewest...
Bruins Nation May 24, 2016

Josh Rosen Takes Aim At NCAA AS UCLA Announces UA Deal

UCLA's QB offered his take on Instagram regarding what the UCLA Under Armour Deal means to him. Someone might want to let Jim Mora know that his message to Josh Rosen hasn't quite gotten through. Just days after Mora told Rich Eisen that he has asked Rosen whether he wants to be like Johnny Manziel or Tom Brady, Rosen appears to have told his coach, at least figuratively, that he wants to be like UCLA legend Bill Walton. Of course, that's a reference to Walton getting arrested while protesting back when he was a student. Thankfully, Rosen wasn't arrested or anything like it for exercising...
Bruins Nation May 24, 2016

UCLA AD Dan Guerrero Pens Letter to "Bruin Family" About UA Deal

The email to the "Bruin Family" from Dan Guerrero offers insights into the UA deal which were not offered at this afternoon's press conference. The following email was just sent out by the UCLA Athletic Department from Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. It might not be newsworthy, if not for the fourth paragraph which offers some insight into some of the details of the UA deal. It is offered without comment from me, but you may feel free to comment below. Guerrero writes: Bruin Family, By now, most of you are probably aware of the news that UCLA Athletics and Under Armour have announced a...
Bruins Nation May 24, 2016

UCLA, Under Armour Sign Record-Breaking 15-Year $280M Deal, Surpassing Ohio State, Michigan and Texas

Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank joined UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero to introduce the partnership between one of the world’s most recognizable collegiate athletic programs and the global leader in innovative performance products. The UCLA Athletics Department held a press conference this afternoon to announce that the school has agreed to an 15-year, $280 million apparel deal with Under Armour. The deal is a record-setting deal surpassing Nike's recent deal with Ohio State. As part of the partnership, Under Armour will exclusively design and supply the footwear, apparel...
Bruins Nation May 24, 2016

UCLA Signs Record-Setting Apparel Deal With Under Armour

The 15-year, $280M deal is the largest apparel contract in college sports history. The UCLA Athletic Department has scheduled a noon press conference for what they are calling a "major announcement." While no details have been given as to what will be announced, it is expected that they will announce the details of the Athletics Department's new apparel deal. If you believe the rumors that have been flying around the internet for weeks, it looks like the Bruins will be partnering with Under Armour. The rumors have estimated the deal to be in the neighborhood of Ohio State's recent renewal...
Bruins Nation May 24, 2016

Uni-Watch: UCLA Expected to Announce Deal With Under Armour

Will UCLA's new apparel deal surpass the Nike-Ohio State deal? The UCLA Athletic Department has scheduled a noon press conference for what they are calling a "major announcement." While no details have been given as to what will be announced, it is expected that they will announce the details of the Athletics Department's new apparel deal. If you believe the rumors that have been flying around the internet for weeks, it looks like the Bruins will be partnering with Under Armour. The rumors have estimated the deal to be in the neighborhood of Ohio State's recent renewal with Nike, which is a...
Bruins Nation May 23, 2016

UCLA Women's Golf in 2nd Place After Three Rounds at NCAA Championships

The UCLA Women's Golf team closed the gap between them and current leader Southern Cal to only two strokes as the Bruins continue their quest for the team's 4th NCAA title and UCLA's 114th NCAA Championship. The UCLA Women's Golf team had its best round yet yesterday at the NCAA Championships at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, OR. The team shot a 3 under 285 in the third round. After three rounds, the Bruins are now at 2 under 862 and tied with Duke for second place just two strokes behind leader Southern Cal. Today, the field is trimmed to the top fifteen teams as stroke play concludes...
Bruins Nation May 23, 2016

What's Bruin: UCLA Softball Advances to Super Regionals

The UCLA Softball team used a 5-run third inning to defeat Cal State Fullerton, while the Baseball team lost its home finale to ASU and the Men's Tennis team ended its Quest for 114. Let's find out What's Bruin this morning in UCLA sports. Softball The UCLA Softball team used a five-run third inning to defeat Cal State Fullerton for the second time in two days. Delaney Spauling and Mysha Sataraka hit back-to-back home runs in the third to put UCLA up 5-3. The Titans made the score 5-4 in the sixth on an RBI single by Alexis Gonzalez. Paige McDuffee came in to relieve Selina Ta'amilo for...
Bruins Nation May 22, 2016

NCAA Quarterfinals: UCLA Gets a Rematch with Oklahoma

A year ago, UCLA's season ended with a loss to the Sooners in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins get a chance to avenge that loss today. NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals #2 UCLA Men's Tennis (25-2) Opponent: # 10 Oklahoma (17-10) When: 2:00 PM PDT, Sunday, May 22, 2016 Where: Michael D Case Tennis Center, Tulsa, OK Audio: None Video: Tulsa Live Stream Live Stats: Tulsa Live Stats UCLA Official Preview | UCLA Notes 2016 NCAA Tournament Central | NCAA Tournament Bracket The second-ranked UCLA Bruins will battle the tenth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners this...
Bruins Nation May 21, 2016

Arizona State Bombs UCLA Baseball, 12-4.

The Bruins kept it close until the Sun Devils exploded for six runs in the 7th inning. UCLA started its final home series of the 2016 season in disappointing fashion, getting blown out by the Arizona State Sun Devils, 12-4. The loss drops UCLA to 24-27, 11-14 in the PAC 12, with five game remaining. UCLA needs to finish 4-1 in order to reach .500, both in conference and overall. UCLA and ASU traded single runs in the 3rd inning. UCLA notched its run on an Eric Filia solo home run. Going into the 4th inning, the score was tied, 1-1. The Bruins could have taken a lead in the bottom of the...
Bruins Nation May 21, 2016

Grauer Is Nearly Perfect In UCLA's Day 1 NCAA Regional Victory over Bakersfield

The Bruins hammered the Roadrunners in their opening round game of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, but the story of the day was Johanna Grauer's masterful pitching performance. Grauer held Bakersfield hitless and came within one batter of perfection. NCAA Los Angeles Regional, Day 2 #14 UCLA Softball (36-13-1) Opponent: Cal State Fullerton (44-14) When: 12:00 PM PDT, Saturday, May 21, 2016 Where: Easton Stadium, Los Angeles, CA Audio: Bruin Live Audio Video: UCLA Live Stream Live Stats: UCLA GameTracker UCLA Official Preview | UCLA Game Notes 2016...
Bruins Nation May 21, 2016

UCLA Women's Golf in 2nd Place After First Round of NCAA Championships

After the first round, the UCLA Women's Golf team is in very good shape in their quest for the team's 4th NCAA title. The UCLA Women's Golf team finished the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Eugene Country Club with a 2 under 286 and they are only two strokes behind Oklahoma State for the team lead. Senior Louise Ridderström shot a first round 69 to tie for third individually while Junior Bronte Law finished the day two strokes behind Ridderström. Law is tied for 19th place. Freshmen Lilia Vu and Bethany Wu are both tied for 39th with a pair of 1 over 73's. Junior Hadas Libman...
Bruins Nation May 20, 2016

UCLA Softball Opens Postseason Play against Cal State Bakersfield

The Bruins face the Roadrunners tonight on the opening day of the Los Angeles Regional. NCAA Los Angeles Regional, Day 1 #14 UCLA Softball (35-13-1) Opponent: CSU Bakersfield (16-32) When: 6:00 PM PDT, Friday, May 20, 2016 Where: Easton Stadium, Los Angeles, CA Audio: Bruin Live Audio Video: UCLA Live Stream Live Stats: UCLA GameTracker UCLA Official Game Preview | UCLA Game Notes 2016 NCAA Los Angeles Regional Central | Tournament Bracket No. 12 Seed @UCLASoftball is in! Join the Bruins as they host this weekend's NCAA Regional:...
Bruins Nation May 20, 2016

Road to #114: UCLA Men's Tennis & Stanford Meet in the Sweet Sixteen

UCLA and Stanford have already met three times this season, and the Bruins have won each time. Can the Bruins keep their perfect record against Stanford intact and advance to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals? NCAA Tournament Round of 16 #2 UCLA Men's Tennis (24-2) Opponent: #29 Stanford (15-10) When: 5:00 PM PDT, Friday, May 20, 2016 Where: Michael D Case Tennis Center, Tulsa, OK Audio: None Video: Tulsa Live Stream Live Stats: Tulsa Live Stats UCLA Official Match Preview | UCLA Notes 2016 NCAA Tournament Central | NCAA Tournament...
Bruins Nation May 20, 2016

UCLA Baseball Faces ASU in Season's Final Home Series

Almost certainly eliminated from the NCAA tournament, UCLA will look to play the role of spoiler, potentially damaging the Sun Devils' post-season chances. The UCLA Bruin baseball team (24-26, 11-13 PAC 12) closes out its home schedule this weekend with a visit from the Arizona State Sun Devils (31-18, 13-11 PAC 12). For all intents and purposes, UCLA is likely eliminated from post-season contention. UCLA The Bruins currently sit in a four-way tie for 7th place in the PAC 12, but UCLA has a worse overall record than any of the other three teams with whom they are tied, essentially...
Bruins Nation May 20, 2016

Can Ball And Leaf Turn UCLA Into a Championship Team Despite Steve Alford?

The UCLA Basketball team will have two of the top freshmen in the country. Will that be enough to keep Steve Alford past the end of next season? The national media is at it again. This time, it's NBCSports's CollegeBasketballTalk.com and writer Travis Hines who published "Looking Forward: UCLA, Steve Alford, and College Basketball's Most Intriguing Season" yesterday. If you can get past Hines' descriptions of UCLA Basketball fans, it's a decent article, but Hines' characterization of the UCLA fanbase falls into the usual trap that the national media almost always seems to fall into. Hines...
Bruins Nation May 19, 2016

Can UCLA Football Win the Pac-12 This Season?

Athlon Sports has published an interesting, if not schizophrenic, look at UCLA Football. Athlon Sports has published an interesting, if not schizophrenic, look at UCLA Football. The article is titled "Why UCLA Will (or Won't) Win the Pac-12 Championship in 2016." Kyle Kensing predicts that the season will be "very much reminiscent of Los Angeles for 300-plus days per year, calling for sunny skies in the form of a No. 15 ranking the Athlon Preseason Top 25, best among the Pac-12 South" and that UCLA will return to the Pac-12 Championship Game "if all goes according to plan." He goes on to...
Bruins Nation May 18, 2016

Rafer Johnson Receives the UCLA Medal

Bruin great Rafer Johnson was presented with UCLA's highest honor. The first time I learned about Rafer Johnson was during the 1984 Olympics when he was the individual who lit the Olympic flame for those Summer Games. Personally, I had no idea who he was, but that was because I was too young. My mom explained to me how he had won the gold medal in the Decathlon at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. To her, he is someone she knew from the Olympics. It wasn't until years later that I learned that he was also a very accomplished Bruin. Not only was he a world-class track athlete, he played...
Bruins Nation May 18, 2016

What's Bruin: UCLA Baseball Drops Close Game To UCSB

The UCLA Baseball team left ten runners on base in a 4-3 loss to UCSB. Let's take a look at what's happening in the UCLA Athletics as we find out What's Bruin. Baseball Last night, the Bruin baseball team played UC Santa Barbara in a game with postseason implications. The Gauchos scored first when center fielder Andrew Calica homered in the top of the third. They added runs in the fourth and fifth to give them a 3-0 lead. The Bruins tied the game in the bottom of the seventh by playing small ball with RBI singles from Jake Hirabayashi, Brett Urabe and Luke Persico. UCSB retook the lead in...