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An interesting data point on importance of sports to UCLA

The link above is the first page of uploaded videos on UCLA's official youtube channel. Take a quick look. Can you spot a trend? Notice in the first page that the only videos with views in 4 digits come from the athletics program. If anyone has time or the desire to do this, it'd be interersting to find out videos from which department consistently hits 4 digits in views. It appears number of random videos such as "Prom Dress Rugby" or Block's reaction to racist videos racked up huge views (See videos ranked by views here). It'd potentially another telling datapoint for the clueless chancellor on how important athletics is to our school. GO BRUINS.

WVU AD Oliver Luck asking fans to lose those "West F*ckin Virginia" shirts

The letter to the fans linked above. It reminded me of UCLA athletics trying to tell students to drop the F bombs against Southern Cal at hoops game. I always thought that was lame. While I don't care much about cursing these days, I don't think it's the best idea to bottle up emotion (as long as kids are not breaking any rules) at a college athletics event. It's the emotion that makes college football and hoops special and frankly more fun than pro sports. GO BRUINS.

UCLA Certified by NCAA

Athletics Certification means: A certified designation denotes that an institution operates its athletics program in compliance with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

UCLA shines in LA ESPYs

Best Upset: UCLA football vs Texas Honorable Mention for Best Moment: Tyler Trapani Best Male College Athlete: Trevor Bauer Honorable Mention for Best Coach: Nikki Caldwell Honorable Mention for Best Female College Athlete: Jasmine Dixon

Student-Athlete Grad pics; UCLA Athletics Facebook gets one you can Like.

All of you on Facebook should check out these pictures from the UCLA Student-Athlete Graduation Reception. There are some great pics of ATV, the Women's Gymnastics Team (!), several Men's Soccer players, our Championship Women's Golf Team, and many others. Even though the Facebook page has frequently been an embarassment and a weak apologist for the misdirected Morgan Center, they got this one right. It reminds us of the importance of being both a student and an athlete, and that no one does that better than our U.C.L.A. Bruins.

UCLA Student Athletes Awarded Post Graduate Scholarships

Congratulations are in order to the following Bruin recipients: Mustafa Abdul-Hamid - Men's Basketball Marco Anzures - Men's X-Country and Men's T&F Kaitlin Sather - Women's VBall Erica Tukiainen - Women's BBall

Congratulations to UCLA Student Athletes Graduates: Class Of 2010

"The UCLA Athletics Department takes this opportunity to congratulate its 116 graduating student-athletes."

More video, photo of Spieker Aquatics Center Grand Opening

In case you haven't seen enough cool shots of the new facility, official site has some great photos and video. Check them out by clicking on the link. GO BRUINS.

UCLA Grad Takes Silver At World Championships

Chelsea Johnson, a UCLA grad, tied for second in the pole vault at the World Championships in Athletics to pick up a silver medal in her first world meet. Johnson cleared 15-3 in the competition, one year after finishing seventh at the Olympic Trials to miss out on a trip to Beijing. As a Bruin, Johnson had an illustrious career that included being the 2006 NCAA Indoor champion, 2006 NCAA Outdoor runner-up, 2004 NCAA Outdoor champion and NCAA Indoor runner-up.

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