Since we last checked in at Bruin Bites, we've discussed whether Ben Howland's discipline re: Anderson and Reeves has been fair, completed the third part of our three part general overview of the 2011 football squad by previewing the offense, kept track of Jerime Anderson's decision to withdraw from party planning in the wake of his laptop theft scandal, and begun our position-by-position breakdown prior to the beginning of the football season, starting with our linebacker corps and our defensive line.
And with that, let's get to the bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse for the middle of your work week:
- Starting with recruiting news, Coast2CoastHoops interviewed top UCLA recruiting target Shabazz Muhammad, during which he talked up his interest in UCLA, having nothing but positive things to say about life in Westwood. Unfortunately, Shabazz also talked up his interest in other top-end programs (read: Duke), so we're no closer in getting an official signal or indication on which way he's leaning. Back-channel sources say he's Howland's to lose, but don't put anything in the bank until the LOI is actually signed.
- Turning to baseball, former UCLA stand-out pitcher Trevor Bauer made his professional debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks' Class-A affiliate, the Visalia Rawhide. As SBN's Seth Pollack noted, Bauer was efficient in his limited innings on his debut, giving up no runs, only one hit, while striking out three over two innings. Not too bad for two innings' worth of work. Safe to say that the Bruin rookie has a bright future.
- Sticking with former UCLA athletes standing out in the pros, DC spent part of last week volunteering at a youth basketball camp in the Inland Empire. Great read and typical of the kind of human being that DC is: wonderful ambassador for UCLA and despite being successful in the NBA, he's still grounded and giving back to his hometown community.
- Speaking of basketball, former UCLA transfer Matt Carlino, now with BYU, is apparently leading the race to be the Cougars' floor general for the upcoming season. BYU beat writer Jay Drew apparently has drunk the Carlino Kool-Aid, calling him "very-skilled on the offensive end." Must be slim pickings in Provo.
- In women's hoops news, the team released their schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 season. Schedule highlights include match-ups against Tennessee and eight-time national championship winning coach Pat Summit, as well as a battle against former UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell and her LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge.
- In news that is no surprise to any former Bruin jaded with Murphy Hall and Morgan Center, an audit by the California State Auditor revealed that UCLA wrongfully designated $23 million in student fees during campus renovations. You can read the full details here. But, coming from the clueless hacks in charge at Murphy Hall and Morgan Center, this is just another example of how they shaft the students. Or did everyone forget #SFatPauley so soon?
- Finally, in the lawsuit by King Ed and former ASU QB Sam Keller, EA was unsuccessful in getting the case dismissed recently. USA Today calculates that EA could stand to lose up to $1 billion if the lawsuit is successful and maximizes all possible avenues of recovery.
Alright folks, just a few more days until the weekend. Fire away with your thoughts in the comment thread.