Alterraun Verner's Math 101: ATV + Pass Thrown His Direction = INT. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
It's Monday morning, and if you're like me, you're suffering through a serious case of the Mondays. But since it's Monday, it's also time to get the work week started with the round-up of the various bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse. So, let's get to it this morning's edition:
- Starting with football, former UCLA cornerback and math major, Alterraun Verner, is sponsoring a free football clinic at Mayfair HS, his alma mater. But, instead of just football, ATV will be stressing to the kids, from ages 6 through 17, that education and a strong work ethic are the keys to success. Sounds just about right from one of the all-time great Bruins, both on and off the field.
- With Trevor Bauer's MLB debut in the books (4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K), ESPN's David Schoenfield has a break-down of the former Bruin's debut, with an inning-by-inning analysis/commentary. The ultimate conclusion? "[W]e saw enough to see the potential for a dominant starter." I don't think anyone here will be surprised with Trevor is in the running for the Cy Young in a few years' time.
- Finally, former UCLA and U.S. Olympic men's team great Karch Kiraly is one of the favorites to land the head coaching job at UC Irvine, following John Speraw's departure for Westwood. Barry Faulkner at the Daily Pilot profiled the former Bruin stand-out, calling him the "the Babe Ruth, and/or Wayne Gretzky of men's volleyball" but noting he is looking for his first head coaching gig, at a program that is coming off a national title win (its third in the past six seasons). It'd be a big job to fill, but if someone is up to it, naturally that person would come from the Al Scates' coaching tree. Let's hope Karch gets the job and does well (except when UCI plays our Bruins).
Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites to start the work week with. Fire away with your thoughts, takes, and additions in the comments thread. And don't let the Mondays get to you.