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Bruins Nation Jun 29, 2016

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Kobe Paras' Withdrawal

Did Alford's latest non-qualifier and admission mistake actually help him? Kobe Paras withdrawal for failing to qualify is one of those cases where you can say Steve Alford and staff blew it again, was actually brilliant, or remains clueless on UCLA. How you approach this may betray your feelings on Steve Alford. I will do my best to break it down neutrally but it is hard for me to be neutral in light of the last three years. The Ugly UCLA has certain academic standards and as a coach coming into UCLA you have to know that. There are some recruits and players you are just not going to get....
Bruins Nation Jun 27, 2016

BOOM! Three-star JUCO OT Ronald Rudd Commits To UCLA Football

UCLA Football starts off the week with a commitment from a JUCO transfer. It’s tough to argue that picking up a commitment from a JUCO transfer offensive tackle is a pretty good way to start the week. And, that’s exactly what has happened this morning as Ronald Rudd III (RR3, anyone?) announced that he is committing to UCLA’s 2017 recruiting class. Rudd currently attends Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. By all indications, he appears to be one very big offensive lineman and, as our good friend gbruin has been known to say, "Line wins games." Rudd is 6’7" tall and weighs in at...
Bruins Nation Jun 26, 2016

The Alford Files, Part 4: Emails to Chancellor Block Want Alford Gone Too

Today, we conclude our series on “The Alford Files” with the emails which were sent to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. Today, Bruins Nation finishes up our series on "The Alford Files" with four batches of emails sent to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. I’m opting to combine all of the emails to Chancellor Block into just one article, despite the fact that there were four batches totalling 1,002 pages. The reason for doing so is pretty simple. Most emails sent to Chancellor Block were also sent to Bruin AD Dan Guerrero. There were only an additional 39 individuals who sent an email to...
Bruins Nation Jun 25, 2016

The Alford Files: How Much Do UCLA Fans Want Steve Alford Fired?

Bruins Nation has obtained the emails sent to UCLA about UCLA Basketball and Steve Alford. How badly do Bruin fans want Steve Alford gone? So, how hot is the seat of UCLA Basketball Coach Steve Alford as we head into the 2015-2016 UCLA Basketball season? If the flood of email that was sent to UCLA Administrators is any indication, then the answer is "white hot". Let me provide some background. Back in 2013, Deadspin published an article by Doug Brown titled "All The Angry Emails Sent To UCLA By Fans Who Hated The Ugly New Zubaz-Style Uniforms." In that article, Brown published exactly what...
Bruins Nation Jun 24, 2016

LA Times: Jim And Shannon Mora Are Separating

A report from the Los Angeles Times says that Jim and Shannon Mora are separating. An LA Times article which was published this afternoon says that Jim and Shannon Mora have announced that they are separating. The Times quotes a statement from Mora's agent Jimmy Sexton: After much thought and careful consideration, Jim and Shannon Mora have decided to separate. This was a very difficult decision and they appreciate the respect for their family’s privacy at this time. Bruins Nation wishes both Jim and Shannon well at this difficult and trying time for their family.
Bruins Nation Jun 24, 2016

NBA Draft Part 3: Another Failure of Steve Alford

More than one past UCLA Coach had their best player selected in year 3 in the NBA. Alford had zero. For the first time since 2012, UCLA had no one selected in the NBA draft.  While it also happen in 2010 it was only the third time in the last 20 years.  However, it is another sign of an alarming trend under Steve Alford.  Alford has the worst third year record of any Coach in UCLA history (since pre-Wooden days) and now is doing terribly recruiting and developing talent. While producing NBA players is not the end game for a UCLA coach it is a necessary element of success.  A...
Bruins Nation Jun 23, 2016

NBA Draft 2016: How To Watch, Listen & Stream and Open Thread

The 2016 NBA Draft will be held tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Find out how to watch and stream. Tonight, the NBA will hold its annual draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Unlike the NFL and the MLB drafts which go for several days, the NBA Draft is a one day event, due in large part to the fact that there are only two rounds to it. There's only one Bruin eligible for this year's NBA Draft and that's Tony Parker. He wasn't invited to the NBA Draft Combine and it's not looking like he'll be drafted, but, hey, you never know. A team could end up using a late second round...
Bruins Nation Jun 23, 2016

NBA Draft Profile: UCLA Forward/Center Tony Parker

Thank you for four years, Tony Parker. Tonight is the NBA draft and there is a high probability no UCLA players will be drafted. And, no, this is not because UCLA basketball is dead or irrelevant. On Sunday, UCLA tied North Carolina for the most alums having won an NBA title: .@kevinlove is the 18th @UCLAMBB alum to win an NBA title, tying UCLA with UNC for the most of any school #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/5oyPhiFSK4 — Matt Cummings (@mbcummings15) June 20, 2016 But, looking at this year's NBA draft, only one UCLA player is eligible, the Littlest Big Man and the Funniest Dude, Tony...
Bruins Nation Jun 22, 2016

UCLA Offers 2018 QB Cameron Rising

UCLA offered 2018 Newbury Park HS QB Cameron Rising a scholarship today. By itself, that news isn’t that big since UCLA does extend a lot of offers. But it was who Rising ran into on campus that makes it somewhat newsworthy. The world of high school recruiting is fickle to say the least. It’s tough enough when a kid commits as high school kids do have a tendency to change their minds. That’s one of the reasons why we usually wait until a kid announces a commitment and we generally don’t cover every scholarship offer UCLA makes to high school students. But, today, we’re going to...
Bruins Nation Jun 21, 2016

UCLA Football Has 2nd Toughest Schedule In The Country

Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman says three Pac-12 teams have the toughest schedules in the country. According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, the UCLA Football team has the second toughest non-conference schedule in the country this year. Not only that, but two other Pac-12 teams are in the top 3 along with the Bruins. Southern Cal’s schedule was rated toughest and Stanford was tied for third with Ohio State. The obvious joke Bruin fans can make is that the reason Southern Cal’s schedule is tougher than UCLA’s is because Southern Cal has to play UCLA while UCLA plays Southern Cal. But,...
Bruins Nation Jun 20, 2016

FINALLY! It Looks Like Adidas Has Fixed The UCLA Stripe

Some may say this is three years' late and millions of dollars short, but it looks like, in a last ditch attempt to keep the UCLA apparel contract, Adidas has finally fixed the UCLA Stripe. We all know how Under Armour has spoken of respecting the traditions of UCLA’s uniforms. And we’ve looked at the details of the new Under Armour contract in depth. But, just how important was fixing the "UCLA Stripe" on the Bruin Football uniforms as part of the apparel negotiation process? Aside from the question being asked at the UCLA-UA press conference, it’s not quite sure how important it was...
Bruins Nation Jun 19, 2016

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse: UCLA’s New Student-Athletes Move In

Move-in day means that we are that much closer to the start of the football season and other Fall sports. It’s easy to think about September as the start of the school year because that’s when Fall Quarter begins. And, it was just a week or two ago that the various UCLA graduation ceremonies were taking place. But, for UCLA’s new student-athletes, today was the day they moved in to their on-campus housing as this year’s first Summer Session will begin tomorrow. Of course, there were a bunch of tweets that were posted today as the new students arrived. Here are a few. First up, we...
Bruins Nation Jun 18, 2016

LA Times: Southern Cal AD Pat Haden Used Foundation For Personal Gain

The George Henry Mayr Foundation was established in 1949 to provide scholarship money to California educational institutions. Pat Haden has been chairman of the foundation since 1999. This morning, an LA Times article is questioning Southern Cal Athletic Director Pat Haden’s role with an educational foundation that was established almost 70 years ago to give “as much scholarship money as possible to California educational institutions.” The Times explains that the George Henry Mayr Foundation has no office, no full-time staff and no website. But that hasn’t stopped Haden and his...
Bruins Nation Jun 17, 2016

UCLA’s John Savage Stays With The Bruins

Bruin Baseball Coach John Savage says he’s staying at UCLA. The search for the next baseball head coach at the University of Texas has not been going well. While a new report on Horns247.com says that Texas AD Mike Perrin may be ready to try to steal UCLA baseball head coach John Savage, there is finally a reason for Bruin baseball fans to breathe a sigh of relief. In a statement issued via the UCLA Baseball twitter account, John Savage is quoted as saying: It’s always good to be wanted and respected by your peers, but UCLA is home to me and my family. I am extremely proud of the...
Bruins Nation Jun 16, 2016

UCLA Bruins Are Prepping For Rio Olympic Games

The U.S. Women’s Water Polo was announced today and five Bruin players are headed to Rio. Meanwhile, UCLA Men’s Volleyball coach John Speraw is making preparations to head to the Olympics, too. One of my favorite things about UCLA Athletics comes up every four years. I think we’ve all seen it at one time or another. If UCLA were a country.... That’s because UCLA’s student-athletes have a proud history of participation and achievement at the Olympic Games. It looks like this year will be no exception. Today, former UCLA and current U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo Head Coach...
Bruins Nation Jun 16, 2016

UCLA Legend Bill Walton Takes a Long, Strange Trip...to Tucson?

Besides being known for basketball, UCLA legend Bill Walton is also known for his love of the Grateful Dead as well as his travels, but this may be his strangest trip yet. In case you couldn’t tell, those of us here at Bruins Nation hold Bill Walton in high esteem. Yeah, we know some of you can’t stand listening to him whenever he’s broadcasting, but there’s just something...special...about Bill. But, this time, it just may take the cake. Campus Rush has a story about an artist who has painted an unusual mural in Tucson. Local artist Ignacio Garcia has painted a gigantic mural on...
Bruins Nation Jun 16, 2016

Is UCLA Basketball Going to Be Fun Again?

ESPN asks if Lonzo Ball can make UCLA basketball fun again. The better question may be will Steve Alford? He has the tools. Yesterday ESPN asked the question "Looking ahead: Can Lonzo Ball make UCLA fun again?"  Eamonn Brennan breaks down the last season and turns to the potential savior: This is not just because Ball is a gifted young basketball player -- good enough to lift a program and its fans from a sub.-500 record to Pac-12 title contention. That's exciting, sure, but it's not the full extent of Ball's promise. Rather, it is the way Ball plays, the style with which he delivers...
Bruins Nation Jun 15, 2016

Former Bruin Brett Hundley Picks UCLA to Win National Championship

The Packers’ quarterback takes over the team’s Twitter account on his 23rd birthday. Well, I think we’ll file this under the category “Duh!”. On his 23rd birthday today, former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has taken over the Green Bay Packers twitter account today and is answering questions from fans. So, a guy named Kyle who appears to be a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide asked Brett who he thinks will win this year’s National Championship. Of course, Kyle tried to stack the deck in his favor with instructions that Brett couldn’t pick UCLA. who's your pick to win the...
Bruins Nation Jun 12, 2016

UCLA Great Natalie Williams Inducted Into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

While at UCLA, Natalie Williams was the first woman to be named an All-American in basketball and volleyball. Bruin two-sport legend Natalie Williams was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame last night in Knoxville, TN. Williams was a four-year letter winner in both basketball and volleyball. While at UCLA, she was the first woman to be named an All-American in both basketball and volleyball in the same year. Williams led the UCLA Women’s Volleyball team to national titles in 1990 and 1991. But, according to a profile of Williams by Dan Fleser in the Knoxville News...
Bruins Nation Jun 12, 2016

UCLA Women’s Basketball: McDonald’s All-American Lindsey Corsaro Signs Grant-In-Aid

Corsaro, who originally committed to Kentucky, chose UCLA after re-opening her recruitment in April. Earlier this week, UCLA Women’s Basketball head coach Cori Close announced that McDonald’s All-American guard Lindsey Corsaro has signed a grant-in-aid and will attend UCLA starting this summer. In the announcement on the official site, Close called Corsaro "a phenomenal student-athlete, a versatile guard and a high-impact level player [who] comes from a tremendous family and we’re excited to have her join our Bruin family." After tearing her left ACL at the end of her junior season,...