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Bruins Nation Jul 22, 2016

Did Kobe Paras Take a Parting Shot At UCLA Coach Steve Alford?

The former Bruin recruit explains why he chose Creighton while comparing it to UCLA. So, yesterday, I found myself in the unusual position of actually defending Steve Alford from an unfounded attack. I’m pleased to report that, today, the world is back to normal. Today, we have an article from a different Philippine news website discussing why Kobe Paras opted for Creighton University after he left UCLA. (Hey, we here at Bruins Nation are willing to go to the ends of the earth to cover our beloved Bruins!) And the only thing noteworthy for Bruin fans is a quote from Paras which some may...
Bruins Nation Jul 21, 2016

Did Steve Alford Cut Kobe Paras From UCLA Basketball to Keep Bryce on Scholarship?

The saga of Kobe Paras continues. A columnist from the Philippine Star has suggested Paras was cut so that Steve Alford could keep Bryce on scholarship. While Kobe Paras has accepted a scholarship offer from Creighton, it seems that the buzz on what happened at UCLA just won’t go away. The latest comes from an article on Philstar.com. For those who may not be familiar, Philstar.com is the website of the Philippine Star which is one of the leading English newspapers in the Philippines. In the article, Joaquin Henson claims that "UCLA owes an explanation" for refusing admission to Kobe...
Bruins Nation Jul 20, 2016

Neuheisel: UCLA Should Be Interested In Big 12

On his SiriusXM radio show, former UCLA Football Coach Rick Neuheisel suggested that UCLA should consider moving to the Big 12 Conference and leave behind the Pac-12 and USC. Well, you have to give former UCLA Football coach Rick Neuheisel some credit: He thinks outside the box. This morning on his SiriusXM radio show, he started off talking about the possibility of Colorado moving back to the Big 12. But, then, I was left wondering if maybe Coach Neuheisel hadn’t moved back to Colorado himself because it seemed like he was smoking something when he suggested that UCLA should be...
Bruins Nation Jul 18, 2016

Could UCLA Football Finally Land 4-Star WR Ryan Newsome?

He originally committed to UCLA in January 2015, but family pressure to stay home may have gotten him to commit to Texas. In January 2015, Ryan Newsome, a four-star receiver prospect, committed to UCLA, but, come National Signing Day, he flipped to Texas, apparently amidst family pressure to stay close to home. Fast-forward eighteen months. Last night, Ryan Newsome announced that he plans to transfer from Texas on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/sgrsa7ZDMO — Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) July 18, 2016 There is no indication yet on what school he plans to transfer to, but you have to think that...
Bruins Nation Jul 17, 2016

Ali and Bolden OUT for UCLA Basketball?

Prince Ali is hurt again and Jonah Bolden may be ineligible As I wrote a week ago, I suspected there may be something wrong with Jonah Bolden that was causing the staff to constantly push TJ Leaf.  Now we are hearing rumblings to that effect: Heard Jonah Bolden probably ineligible this yr.. Typical ucla to just have random bad news pop up outta nowhere — Ben Esfandi (@BiGbAdBeNyO) July 15, 2016 If Bolden is ineligible this year, that is a serious blow to the one player I thought was irreplaceable as he represented the only potential shut down defender, best rebounder, and best...
Bruins Nation Jul 16, 2016

2016 Pac-12 Media Days: UCLA Football’s Jim Mora Explains His Concerns About Social Media

UCLA Football Coach Jim Mora explained his concerns about social media, fixing the UCLA uniforms, and the state of the offensive line during his post-lunch interview. When Jim Mora sat down with media members after lunch yesterday, he took the time to explain how he is trying to advise UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen regarding his posts on social media. Mora very much sounded like the father of four kids that he is. He spoke about how they are always looking at their phones and mentioned how his own kids sometimes can have the "attention span of a gnat." Yet, Mora stressed the importance of...
Bruins Nation Jul 15, 2016

UCLA’s Josh Rosen Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List

The Walter Camp Player of the Year Award is presented to the most outstanding player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Today, the Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of forty "players to watch" for its 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year award. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was one of the players named to the watch list. "We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation," Foundation president Robert Kauffman said. "This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of...
Bruins Nation Jul 14, 2016

2016 Pac-12 Football Media Poll: UCLA Picked to Win Pac-12 South

The Bruins have been picked by the media to win the Pac-12 South, but Stanford is the favorite to win the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game. The Pac-12 Conference released its preseason poll of media members who cover the Pac-12 and UCLA has been picked to win the Pac-12 South. Stanford was picked to win the Pac-12 North as well as the conference championship. A total of 33 media members were polled. The Bruins collected 19 first-place votes and 180 total points to top the South poll, but, indicative of UCLA’s recent troubles with Stanford, only three votes were cast for the Bruins to...
Bruins Nation Jul 13, 2016

2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days Schedule & Preview

Tomorrow and Friday mark the unofficial start of the college football season in the Pac-12 when the conference holds their annual football media days at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. Tomorrow, the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days begin. This year’s event is being held at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, rather than at a movie studio as had been done the past few years. Of course, the Pac-12 Networks will have complete coverage, but, for the first time, fans are being encouraged to attend. According to the Pac-12 Networks website: Fans will be invited to join in the fun...
Bruins Nation Jul 12, 2016

UCLA’s Jaleel Wadood Named to Thorpe Award Watch List

UCLA defensive back Jaleel Wadood was named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List yesterday. Yesterday, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame released its preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award and UCLA defensive back Jaleel Wadood was one of the 39 student-athletes on the Thorpe Award watch list. The Jim Thorpe Award is presented annually to the Best Defensive Back in College Football. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled not only as a running back, passer, and kicker on the offensive side of the ball; but...
Bruins Nation Jul 12, 2016

UCLA DC Tom Bradley Denies Knowledge Of Sandusky’s Abuse

Through his agent/attorney, Tom Bradley denies knowing about Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse. Tom Bradley’s agent/attorney Brett Senior has issued the following statement, in response to the McQueary deposition: At no time did Tom Bradley ever witness any inappropriate behavior. Nor did he have any knowledge of alleged incidents in the 80’s and 90’s. He has consistently testified as such. Any assertions to the contrary are false. When he became aware of the 2001 incident it had already been reported to the University administration years earlier. That’s the most that’s been said...
Bruins Nation Jul 7, 2016

UCLA Football Announces Training Camp Schedule

This year's training camp schedule will be a little different from the previous four camps under head coach Jim Mora. Instead of spending two full weeks at Cal State San Bernardino, the team will only be spending one week there. UCLA Football Coach Jim Mora is changing up the training camp schedule this year. According to an article on UCLABruins.com, instead of going to San Bernardino for two full weeks as they have in the past, the first week of camp will be held on the Intramural Field in Westwood where Spring Practice was held and the second week of camp will be held at Cal State San...
Bruins Nation Jul 5, 2016

UCLA Football’s Rosen & Vanderdoes Earn Preseason Honors

The first two preseason watch lists were announced this morning and each one has a UCLA Bruin on it. Today, the Maxwell Football Club announced its preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Bednarik Award. UCLA has one player on each watch list. Sophomore QB Josh Rosen was named to the Maxwell Award watch list while defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes was named to the Bednarik Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell and has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell's contributions to the game of football were...
Bruins Nation Jul 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

On America's 240th birthday, we should remember the perils faced by those men who signed the Declaration of Independence which created the greatest country on Earth. 240 years ago today, a brave group of men declared that the original thirteen colonies should be its own independent country. The rest is history. But, for those individuals who signed the Declaration of Independence doing so came at great peril. These individuals understood that the freedom from the oppression of King George was something worth making sacrifices for. A total of 56 representatives of the thirteen colonies...
Bruins Nation Jul 3, 2016

CampusInsiders.com Picks UCLA Football to Win Pac-12

CampusInsiders.com has published its predictions for the Pac-12 Conference for 2016. You know it’s the middle of summer when websites start publishing their predictions about the coming college football season. Campus Insiders has published its predictions for the Pac-12 season and the results may surprise you. The article says that "the city of Los Angeles is the home of the best team in the Pac-12 entering the season, and for the first time in a long time, we are not talking about USC." That’s right. They are picking UCLA to win the Pac-12 Conference this year. Here’s their...
Bruins Nation Jul 2, 2016

Cathedral HS Coach William Middlebrooks Denies Kobe Paras Has an SAT Issue

William Middlebrooks, the basketball coach at Cathedral High School, issued a statement regarding the Kobe Paras situation. Cathedral High School William Middlebrooks, who also runs the Middlebrooks Academy prep team, issued a statement on the Kobe Paras situation which has been posted on Spin.ph. In it, Middlebrooks denies that Paras has an SAT issue as the Cathedral High principal had suggested to the LA Times. At this point, it appears that Paras simply has not met the requirements to be admitted to UCLA as Middlebrooks' statement indicates that Paras is academically eligible according...
Bruins Nation Jul 1, 2016

UCLA Football: Jim Mora’s Latest Contract Extension Is Different From His Previous Extensions

Jim Mora’s latest contract extension provides no increase in salary, but adds academic and on-the-field performance incentives. A few weeks ago, UCLA announced Jim Mora’s contract has been extended for two more years. When it was announced, the timing of the extension was questioned by many of our readers due to the extension coming after a disappointing season. Our readers also like to know as many of the details about these things as possible and we believe in providing those details as soon as we can. The details of Jim Mora’s latest contract extension are now available. So, I’ve...
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...