Go Coach Krikorian! Let's get next year started off right with you returning with a gold medal around your neck! (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)
It's Thursday morning, but it kind of feels like a mini-Monday morning since we just got to enjoy yesterday off. On the plus side, you can think of it as just a couple of two-day work weeks. Or just remind yourself that pretty close to enjoying another sunny California weekend. So with that said, let's get to it and take a look at some of the bits and pieces of news floating around the UCLA-iverse:
- As usual, let's start with football news. This week saw the beginning of the "renovation" to Spaulding Field, where crews will be installing new turf for our Bruins' practice field. Now, while Chianti Dan was able to spend $800,000 on this, somehow all of that money couldn't get the fields re-oriented, or you know, find a way to extend Spaulding to give us the extra 20 yards. It's bad enough that we act like a pee-wee football program with our 80 yard practice field, but the fact we're paying a king's ransom just to re-surface said joke field is just pathetic.
- Turning to basketball, former UCLA hoops player Sean Farnham is setting up a pretty awesome public service organization. Farnham, a one-time walk-on at UCLA, founded Hoops From Home, an organization that is dedicated to bring basketball camps to kids who live on military bases. For many kids, their entire world is the military post that their parent(s) is/are assigned to (especially if that post is in the middle of nowhere, like say, Eielson AFB, Fort Irwin, or Fort Huachuca). Farnham's program will kick-off their inaugural camp, at Camp Pendleton on August 11. If you haven't yet, check it out.
- Finally, John Reid at the San Jose Mercury News has a pretty neat Q&A with former UCLA player and former UCLA women's water polo head coach Adam Krikorian. It's a pretty cool read and hopefully Adam will be able to return to the States with a gold medal around his neck for his role in coaching the women's Olympic water polo team.
Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites as we take on the back-half of our pair of two day work-weeks. Fire away with your thoughts, takes, and additions in the comments thread.