That's right folks, it's Thursday and we're just two short days away from the weekend, and thus, one more week closer to the kick-off to UCLA football. Since we checked in at the beginning of the week, we've covered football practices (here and here) with our regular Spaulding Roundup section, highlighted the winner's bracket in the popular UCLA name associate off-season game, discussed the on-going QB competition and the possibility that Rick will use both Brehaut and Prince in the season opener, and generated quite a conversation and debate on possible replacements for Neuheisel if he isn't able to turn the program around this season and is given the axe.
And with that, let's turn to your bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse:
- We start this week with academic news. Following up on the generous donation to the UCLA School of Law by Lowell Milken, a former Wall Street pariah barred from the securities industry by the SEC (no, not the football lovin' Southerners, the Securities and Exchange Commission), it appears it's caused quite the rift in the law faculty. Given the declining state support for the university, it's kind of impossible for the school to turn down $10 million, but at least one professor would have it that way. For a complete breakdown of the controversy and a profile of Milken, visit the New York Times' complete story here.
- In non-revenue news, UCLA golf sensation (and current No. 1 ranked amateur in the world) Patrick Cantlay will play in the Frys.com Open PGA tournament in San Martin after receiving the first sponsors' exemption. Cheers to Cantlay and his continued off-season hot streak.
- Video has surfaced of Rick Neuheisel rocking out to "Jessie's Girl" with a local band during an athletics fundraising event back in 2010. To watch the video, go here.
- Turning back to non-revenue notes, new women's soccer head coach B.J. Snow has the Lady Bruins off to a flying start, defeating Cal State Northridge 2-0. Of note was the fact that Snow started six first-year players, demonstrating the strength of UCLA's recruiting class (and showing us how bright the future is).
- Sticking with soccer, Soccer by Ives has a nice season preview of our men's soccer team with a quick rundown of last year's results and some interesting quotes from men's head coach Jorge Salcedo.
- Turning to hoops recruiting, Jordan Adams took a visit to UCLA. No, not that Jordan Adams, the current Bruin commit for Ben Howland's men's basketball program. This Jordan Adams is a 6'1" combo guard from Mater Dei that is strongly considering coming to Westwood to join Cori Close's women's basketball squad. Fox Sports' Rahshaun Haylock has some quotes from the Bruin recruiting target and Coach Close. Imagine that though, a Jordon Adams game-changer on both the men's team and the women's team. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
- In football news, according to the Washington Post, former UCLA wide receiver Terrence Austin is making quite the impression in camp for the Redskins and, at this snapshot in time, it looks like he'll land a roster spot, despite competition from NFL regulars Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth. Let's hope TA can make the cut and continue to produce for the Redskins like he's been doing in pre-season games.
- Finally, in an issue that we've been discussing for months, UCLA's kicking game is still undecided as redshirt freshman (and former heir apparent to Kai Forbath) Kip Smith continues to struggle with consistency. As a result, as the L.A. Times is reporting, Neuheisel is looking to punter and kick-off kicker Jeff Locke to handle FG duties as well. If Smith can't get himself put together properly, Locke may find himself pulling triple duty as the punter, kick-off specialist, and field goal guy. Let's hope he stays healthy.
And that concludes your Bruin Bites round-up of news and bits of information from around the UCLA-iverse. Fire away in the comment thread with your thoughts, links, and other nuggets of UCLA information.