In my recent conversations with leadership at adidas and with the men's basketball staff, we decided to wear the alternate uniform only for our initial game at the Pac-12 Tournament. Due to our anticipated seed in the tournament, we will suit up in the white version of the alternate uniform, as worn by Shabazz Muhammad and Larry Drew II in the photo to the right.
[L]ast year’s flash mob was just the start of what we hope will be many innovative experiences that we plan to unveil.
Ask Dan Question of the Week
Q: Dan, I read with joy all the accomplishments of our athletes and all the national titles. At the last basketball game, I realized that Joe Bruin wears #1 on his shirt. That's great for UCLA. But we also have a player with that number and propose the following: What if Joe Bruin wore on his shirt the number of national titles UCLA has. It could change with each title but would advertise our accomplishments and would not appear to have favorites for any one player on any one team.
A: Becky, thank you for the question.
For UCLA fans, there may not be a more recognizable figure than Joe Bruin. Throughout the years, Joe has worn jerseys with different numbers (or even no number at all), though in the last couple of decades, he has primarily worn #1, which to many signifies the stature of one of the nation's premier athletic programs and universities.
Your recommendation to contemplate using his jersey number to celebrate our (now-108) team national championships, is, indeed a novel idea. However, we have several other avenues to celebrate this accomplishment. For example, the Athletics Hall of Fame in Morgan Center highlights our championships in many ways, as will the stunning "welcome wall", which will be located in the newly constructed north lobby at the New Pauley Pavilion when it opens later this year.
... several players on the bench noted Howland's frustration with the shot selection of Westbrook, whose freelancing had resulted in several baskets. But rather than substituting for him, Howland informed one of the officials that Westbrook was wearing socks bearing an NBA logo, which violated NCAA uniform guidelines. Howland told the official he had an obligation to remove Westbrook from the game because of his socks.
It's a perfect storm atm. UCLA has admin w/out interest in sports - even hoops - and DG running it like Italian cruise ship
Carlino suffered a concussion during the preseason that caused him to miss the first three games. Nelson ridiculed Carlino for letting the injury sideline him. He told Carlino he didn't belong at UCLA and wasn't any good. He would yell at Carlino to leave the locker room, calling him "concussion boy." When Carlino returned to workouts, Nelson would go out of his way to set a screen on Carlino so he could hit him. Eventually, players say, Carlino dreaded practice. It was of little surprise when he left UCLA midway through the season and transferred to BYU.
After Carlino left, there was a team meeting at which Howland said he couldn't respect a quitter. "But everyone knew why Matt left," says one player. "He didn't want to keep sitting on the bench, but most of all he didn't want to be around Reeves anymore. That wasn't quitting. That was just smart."
Nelson, who allegedly urinated on Tyler Honeycutt's clothes when he suspected Honeycutt had ratted out a plan to rent a party bus on New Year's Eve, continued to be a problem. He regularly verbally abused assistant coaches and staff members and on one ocasion, kicked balls into the stands after practice and told the team's managers to "fetch," according to the report.
"After each of the incidents, Howland looked the other way. One team member says he asked Howland after a practice why he wasn't punishing Nelson, to which he said Howland responded, 'He's producing,' " the Sports Illustrated story reads.
Stanford expects to break ground this sprng on $18M addition to athletic dept, primarily targeted for fball (lockers, player lounge, etc).