Thanks for the memories and good luck! (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
It's Thursday morning, which means we're so very close to enjoying another sunny California weekend. Let's not waste any time and get right to the bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse:
- Starting with football, the biggest news around the program (aside from the commitment of four-star wrecking machine linebacker Myles Jack) is that Coach Jim Mora is taking a page out of the Bear Bryant playbook (from his Texas A&M days) and taking his team away from the distractions of Westwood and bringing them out to Cal State San Bernardino for fall camp, from August 4 through August 16. This is great news for all Bruins living in the Inland Empire and it will be interesting to see how these Bruins adjust to what is expected to be soaring temperatures (which may be good preparation for an August away game in Houston against Rice. Camp away from campus will definitely infuse a more professional feeling in the program, giving the Bruins a taste of how things are done at the next level. Let's just hope they return from CSUSB with a set QB and no injuries to our depleted OL. Expect more extended thoughts from the BN crew this weekend/early next week.
- In hoops, the big news yesterday was the commitment of highly sought-after PG Zach LaVine (HT 4everBruin). A top-100 prospect for the Class of 2013, Howland got what he desperately needed in this class: a true PG who can run the offense, someone who wants to follow in the footsteps of DC and RW. Like with fall football camp, we'll have more extended thoughts on what this means for our program and recruiting later this afternoon.
- Turning to the non-revenue news, in case you missed it, check out this stunning goal from UCLA alum Patrick Ianni (HT Ryan Rosenblatt). Ianni's rocket brought Seattle Sounders FC level with Sporting Kansas City and salvaged a point for the soccer-crazed fans in the Northwest.
- Finally, closing the loop on Monday's edition of Bruin Bites, UCLA golf sensation Patrick Cantlay has decided to cut his time at UCLA short and turn professional (HT fressia39). Sad day for UCLA, but a great day for Cantlay. Let's take a time to applaud the young man for representing the Blue and Gold so well and wish him the best of luck on the PGA Tour. He'll get his first shot at a professional payday this week at the Travelers Championship, an event he knows pretty well, having set the record for the lowest round shot by an amateur in any PGA Tour event in last year's tournament.
Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites as we wind down the work week. Fire away with your thoughts, takes, and additions in the comments thread.