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Bruins Nation 16 hours ago
UCLA Football 2014 Pre-Season Preview: Defensive Line

UCLA Football 2014 Pre-Season Preview: Defensive Line

A look at the absurdly talented defensive line that the UCLA defense will trot out for the 2014 season. UCLA lost two defensive lineman to the NFL in 2014, with Cassius Marsh being drafted in the 4th round by the Seattle Seahawks and nose tackle Seali'i Epenesa being scooped up by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent and making it through the mini-camp process (always a good sign). The Bruins also saw an extremely successful situational pass rusher in Keenan Graham and valuable depth in Brandon Willis graduate. This would lead the average fan to assume that the Bruins will...
Bruins Nation 20 hours ago

Pac-12 Media Day - Day 1 Open Thread

It's a sure sign that U.C.L.A. Bruin football is getting closer!! Pac-12 Media Day begins its introduction to the 2014 season today and the annual opening press conference has gotten so big that they now need two days to welcome it properly.  This year's event begins this morning at 9 am from the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Cool.  The Bruins already have a home field advantage. The Pac-12 Network will stream the entire two day event for free to everyone via its website (which would also make for an attractive solution to the DirecTV issues…) and you can watch it here or on the...
Bruins Nation 21 hours ago

UCLA Basketball: 2015 Recruiting Reset

Headed into home stretch of the 2015 recruiting season, the Bruins' primary needs are at shooting guard, small forward and power forward as Alford has to deal with potentially heavy losses to the NBA and transfers. July is a busy recruiting month for college basketball coaching staffs.  We're in what's called the live recruiting period which effectively means coaches watch national-level AAU tournaments like the LeBron James Skills Academy and the Peach Jam Festival.  Adidas Nations takes place locally starting Thursday, Monday, July 31, and UCLA should get a slew of unofficial visits...
Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2014
Bruins Nation's 2014 Fall Football Preview

Bruins Nation's 2014 Fall Football Preview

Bruins Nation gets you ready for Fall Football Camp with an in-depth look at the 2014 UCLA Bruins Sixty years is a long time unless you're measuring it against the dinosaurs or if you are Neil DeGrasse Tyson walking across the Cosmic Calendar. Believe it or not, it has been sixty long years since UCLA won its one and only National Championship in Football. (It isn't included in the UCLA NCAA Title count because it was awarded by the UPI Coaches Poll, not the NCAA.) There have been some great years since that 1954 and there have been plenty of mediocre ones too. But this year, the...
Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Takeaways From the 2014 NBA Summer League

The Las Vegas edition of the 2014 NBA Summer League wrapped up Monday night with Houston winning the championship. Here are seven takeaways including evaluations of the three 2014 UCLA Bruin draftees, Jordan Aams, Zach LaVine and Kyle Anderson. The 2014 NBA Summer League wrapped up last night as the Sacramento Kings beat the Houston Rockets, 68-77, for the championship.  The Rockets fell apart with four minutes left, and Kings won despite getting only 9 points (but 7 in the last four minutes) from their leader Ben McLemore.  It was relatively low-scoring, high turnover, low field goal...
Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2014
Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Coach Brett Hundley, Welcome Bryce English, and Rolling Through Westwood

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Coach Brett Hundley, Welcome Bryce English, and Rolling Through Westwood

Who is Swaggier, Swaggy P or Russell W? Welcome, Bryce English: Welcome to the family ! @BryceEnglish34 4sUP 8clap #BruinRevolution !! — Stephen Johnson III (@SJ_III) July 22, 2014 Congrats to my Texas homie @BryceEnglish34 for joining the revolution. Desoto U ➡️ UCLA. The next @KCBoutThatLife — Caleb Benenoch (@CalebBenenoch74) July 22, 2014 Are you excited for the offense or defense this year? Great meeting today with coach brick! Excited about our defense this year #BruinRevolution — owamagbe (@LPJ_Odighizuwa) July 21, 2014 Anthony Barr was bored last week - he...
Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2014

UCLA Fall Football Preview: Coaching Changes

As part of BruinsNation's ongoing preview of UCLA's Fall Camp, we take a look at the coaching changes for the 2014 staff. The UCLA Bruins had two major changes to the coaching staff in the offseason in losing defensive coordinator Lou Spanos to the NFL and firing of running backs coach Steve Broussard.  Although the two coaches left under different circumstances, the reason behind both moves was recruiting.  Coach Spanos reportedly was not all that interested in recruiting and preferred working in the professional ranks, while Coach Broussard simply was not very effective in recruiting at...
Bruins Nation Jul 21, 2014

BOOM! 3* Defensive Lineman Bryce English Commits to the Bruins

UCLA gains another commitment in 3* Texas defensive tackle Bryce English. Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins continued their hot summer with the commitment of 3* defensive tackle Bryce English out of national power DeSoto High School in Texas. English chose the Bruins over Arkansas, TCU and Pac-12 rival Arizona State. English had previously de-committed from the University of Texas, despite his godfather retaining his role as tight ends coach during the transition from Mack Brown to Charlie Strong. Interestingly, his godfather Bruce Chambers (a supremely qualified coach in his own right) was...
Bruins Nation Jul 21, 2014

Elite Expectations: Hundley and a Favorable Schedule Make National Title Possible for UCLA

After playing Texas there in September, UCLA should expect to return to Arlington to play in the first National Championship Game of the CFP Era. Sixty years is a long time unless you're measuring it against the dinosaurs or if you are Neil DeGrasse Tyson walking across the Cosmic Calendar. Believe it or not, it has been sixty long years since UCLA won its one and only National Championship in Football. (It isn't included in the UCLA NCAA Title count because it was awarded by the UPI Coaches Poll, not the NCAA.) There have been some great years since that 1954 and there have been plenty of...
Bruins Nation Jul 20, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Kyle Anderson's Spurs Lose in Quarterfinals of NBA Summer League

Kyle Anderson's San Antonio Spurs take it to three overtimes before losing to the Washington Wizards, 95-94. In an up-and-down game of runs, the Spurs finally succumbed to the Washington Wizards, 95-84, in triple overtime (OT's are two minutes in the Summer League-- outside of the playoffs, the second OT is actually sudden death).  The Spurs were knocked out of the playoffs, and now play one consolation game.Washington, a good team seeded fourth, was led by Glen Rice, Jr., the Summer League's leading scorer, with 36 points and Otto Porter with 27 points. Once again, fourth year man,...
Bruins Nation Jul 20, 2014

UCLA Campus Report: New Modulator Leads to Advanced Imaging, More

This week’s post includes news of a new modulator that might lead to advanced medical and security imaging, one of the world’s most popular soccer teams to train on campus, recommendations for Californians looking to conserve more water, a high ranking for the UCLA Medical Center and a study that links recession-related suicides to alcohol. An occasional report from around campus that recognizes that UCLA is a school with a world-class reputation for research and innovation and whose people make real impact on the real world: This week’s post includes news of a new modulator that...
Bruins Nation Jul 19, 2014
Bruin Bites: Brett Hundley and Myles Jack on More Watch Lists, UCLA Football Getting Attention, and

Bruin Bites: Brett Hundley and Myles Jack on More Watch Lists, UCLA Football Getting Attention, and "The Great One"

With 42 days till kickoff, UCLA Bruins collectively and individually continue to get recognition. Here is a rundown of some of the latest happenings in UCLA football, a look back at Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban, and another kind of futbol team coming to UCLA. The countdown to training camp (16 days) and kickoff of the 2014 season (42 days) continues.  As reported by VABruin, the tickets have arrived (although I have to get mine from someone else) and the wait is becoming excruciating.  We have had some fun this week as the new alternate unis were rolled out (dark grey, light grey?),...
Bruins Nation Jul 19, 2014

UCLA Baseball Dodges the Big Bullet on Final Day of the MLB Draft Signing Period

The UCLA Bruins had three big question marks coming into the final day of the MLB draft signing period- would David Berg sign with the Rangers? would Brady Aiken sign with the Astros? would Jacob Nix sign with the Astros? All three answers came back "no". Hallelujah. But the uncertainty remains for next year. Houston Astros whiff on Brady Aiken. Astros also whiff on 5th round selection, and fellow UCLA recruit, Jacob Nix. David Berg remains a Bruin. We will have more on these stories as they unfold, particularly what might happen on the Aiken, Nix front. But for sure, after the draft, the...
Bruins Nation Jul 18, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Kyle Anderson's Spurs Advance to Summer League Quarterfinals

Depsite foul trouble, Kyle Anderson's Spurs advance to Summer League Quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Zach LaVine's summer league is finished. In a game that was nip and tuck for most of four quarters, Kyle Anderson's San Antonio Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz , 86-77 on the strength of an 11-2 run in the last two minutes.   San Antonio moves on to the quarterfinals to face the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Utah's Summer League team boasts two first round draft choices, the overall #4 Dante Exum and #23 Rodney Hoood. Once again, the Spurs gave Kyle a tough assignment - Rodney Hood.  Kyle...
Bruins Nation Jul 18, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Football is Coming, Russell Westbrook Glasses, and Joe Bruin Bobbleheads

Go UCLA Quidditch! Football season is coming. The photoshoots and video shoots have begun, along with the trying on of the jerseys: Let's get boooooi. pic.twitter.com/YMBOh8djEy — Jaleel Wadood (@OGLeel_2) July 16, 2014 Do work!!25 pic.twitter.com/6chwjaFRg2 — Denzel Fisher (@DenzelFish) July 17, 2014 If I Ain't Da Greatest Then I'm Headed For It #UclaFootball pic.twitter.com/bu1nTyKDjK — Kenny (@KennyYounggg) July 17, 2014 Remember, when you move on from UCLA, you can always come home: Help Darren Collison out: Whats some good spots to eat at in sac? — Darren...
Bruins Nation Jul 17, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Summer League Starts Knockout Phase

Zach LaVine's Timberwolves win their first tourney game, and Kyle Anderson's San Antonio Spurs romp. In the first game of the knockout round, the last-seeded (#24 to be precise) Minnesota Timberwolves won their first game in the Summer League led by Zach Lavine's 20 points, defeating Phoenx, 86-77. The NBA Las Vegas Summer League entered its championship round, a single-elimination, 24-team tournament.  The first eight seeds get a bye.  Losers will still play a consolation game.   See here for details. In his best game to date, including a monster dunk on a dribble penetration,...
Bruins Nation Jul 17, 2014

Bruin Bites: Preseason Polls, LA Steel and the Rise of the Pac-12

With the Pac-12's media day just a week away, preseason polls are nearly upon us while writers kept their keyboards busy with the Bruins' LA Steel alternate uniforms. We are getting close to Football season! With less than three weeks until spring camp, and a month and a half until the Bruins step on the field at UVa's Scott Stadium, the team is continuing to draw attention and build anticipation for what we all hope will be a special season. Jack Wang published his ballot for the Pac-12's preseason media poll, noting that for the Bruins this fall, wining the South Division is a basic part...
Bruins Nation Jul 16, 2014
Commentary: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of UCLA's

Commentary: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of UCLA's "LA Steel" Uniforms

JoeBruin15 offers his thoughts and opinions on the new "LA Steel" uniforms that were unveiled today. Today, as Menelaus wrote, UCLA unveiled this season's alternate football uniform called "LA Steel". Having had a chance to digest my breakfast which is no small task when it comes to some Adidas uniforms, I've decided to look at the good, the bad and the ugly of UCLA's new "LA Steel" Uniforms. Let's take a look at "The Good" first, shall we? July 16, 2014. Yes, that right. Read it again. July 16, 2014. What does the date have to do with "The Good" of the "LA Steel" unis? Simple: Too often,...
Bruins Nation Jul 16, 2014

UCLA Football Unveils New Alternate Uniform: LA Steel

Adidas may have almost done one thing right. Adidas has been stepping up their alternate uniform game in recent years, with the very popular LA Midnights alternate unis worn by UCLA last year, which followed the decent if somewhat blah LA Nights for 2012. This season, our alternate uniform will be called "LA Steel" UCLA, @adidasFballUS unveil new alternate uniform for @UCLAFootball: #LASteel http://t.co/b0RNF3Aj2x pic.twitter.com/hdjwvPOjRg — UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) July 16, 2014 These uniforms are gray and have a chain mail type pattern on the shoulders, both of which...
Bruins Nation Jul 16, 2014

UCLA Basketball Bruin (Hoops) Bites: Bruin NBA Summer League Update

David Wear shines for Chicago, Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad starting for Minnesota, Kyle Anderson getting tough assignments, and more. The NBA Summer League continued in Las Vegas as Zach LaVine's Minnesota Timberwolves and Kyle Anderson's San Antonio Spurs played their second and third games (click here for a review of their debuts), but once again, another Bruin surprised -- David Wear. Wear came off the bench to play 20 minutes and score 15 points on 8-10 shooting as his Chicago Bulls trounced LaVine and Muhammad's Timberwolves, 107-73 on Tuesday. David didn't score in his first two...