Bruin Bites: Football Notes, UC Coaches' Pay, Non-Revenue Updates

El Cid will have some real competition this week in practice if he wants to get playing time against Texas with Jeff Baca returning last week, Kai Maiava returning this week, and Greg Capella stepping up.

The last time we checked in with Bruin Bites, it was an emotionally poignant day as our nation remembered the ten year anniversary of the September 11 attacks that changed our world. Today's edition, our usual mid-week round-up to get you through the middle of the work week and one step closer to the weekend will, fortunately, be more lighthearted. In case you missed it, we had notes and impressions from last weekend's disappointing win over San Jose State (here, here, here, here, here, and here) and we've begun looking toward this weekend (here, here, and here), when the Texas Longhorns come to Pasadena to take on a Bruin squad that will need to take its game up a few major notches if it hopes to come away with another victory over Texas.

So with that, let's turn to your bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse:

  • In basketball news, former Bruin guard Malcolm Lee has been taking part in a Las Vegas based "Lockout League" with over 60 fellow NBA players and recent draft picks, all designed to keep them sharp and in-shape as the NBA lockout continues to drag on.  Personally, I can think of a better way for Lee to have stayed sharp and relevant: being the star and captain of a loaded UCLA team with a strong front-court and tons of momentum on the recruiting trail.  Just saying.
  • Jorge Salcedo's squad picked up their second win of the season in a hard-fought, physical match against Loyola Marymount this past Sunday, putting the Lions down 2-1.  The Bruins will face a stiffer test as they host undefeated, #6 ranked UC Santa Barbara on Friday, followed by a road trip down Interstate 5 to face the University of San Diego.
  • Finally, Golf Week has a preview of the UCLA women's golf team, who will look to defend the national championship they brought home to Westwood last season.  Of good news to UCLA fans is that, as Golf Week notes, this year's squad is even deeper than last year's national title team, which should give Westwood high hopes of seeing back-to-back titles.
  • With that, those are your Bruin Bites for the middle of the week.  We'll check back in with our game day edition of Bruin Bites on Saturday.  For now, fire away with your thoughts, comments, additions, etc. in the comment thread.

    GO BRUINS

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