Bruin Bites: Jon Gold's Culture Cleanse, Bowl Attendance Down, QB Nate Sudfeld Visiting UCLA, Lab Fire Follow-up, UCLA Develops Cell-phone Microscope, and Why Athletics Matters

Is Jet Ski ready to lead the Bruins through a real culture cleanse and purge a decade of mediocrity in 2012?

It's the Sunday before the BCS national title game, which we all hope won't be a defensive snooze-fest like the last time Alabama and LSU met (with LSU winning in a baseball score match, 9-6). Otherwise, we'll finally enter the college football post-season after tomorrow's SEC fan-boy wet-dream.

And as we go into the football post-season, there are a couple of dates folks will need to keep in mind: January 15 will be the last date for JC transfers to sign their national letter-of-intent, so Jim Mora will only have one more week to bring in any other JC transfers (right now, we have one JC OL (Alexandru Ceachir of Santa Monica) verbally committed, with another (Carlos Lozano of East L.A.) on the Bruins' radar (although he's a Utah lean), with former Bruin Stan Hasiak (Mt. San Antonio) looking to head north to Oregon State.

The other date to mark down, and it's a big one, is February 1, the first day that high school football players can send in their letters-of-intent. UCLA has a lot of guys verbally committed, with some still on the fence (HIva Lutui, Psalm Wooching, Raymond Ford), and is still in play for some top-end recruits (while Ellis McCarthy verbally committed to Cal this past weekend, expect Mora and Martin to be recruiting him hard until Feb. 1). We've seen UCLA pull off some big surprises before (Dietrich Riley immediately comes to mind) on signing day, so let's see what Mora can do in the home stretch.

With that, here's your bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse:

Alright folks, with that, those are your end of the week Bruin Bites, as we wrap up the weekend and get ready for an SEC love-fest on national television tomorrow evening. Fire away with your thoughts, additions, and comments in the thread.

GO BRUINS

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