We are proud of the achievements of our athletic teams this year, when our student-athletes and coaches continued to enhance our outstanding record in NCAA athletics. The Bruin baseball team advanced to the College World Series for the second time in the past three years. In November, our women’s volleyball team added another NCAA championship to our record-setting total, defeating University of Illinois in the title match for the program’s fourth NCAA crown and UCLA’s 108th in all. The men’s volleyball team marked a noteworthy and bittersweet milestone as well—the retirement of the legendary Al Scates, who led Bruin volleyball teams to an astounding 19 NCAA championships during his 50-year run as coach. We already are looking forward to the fall, when we will celebrate the reopening of Pauley Pavilion.
"Safety Dietrich Riley is expected to have neck surgery Monday, which would force him to sit out the 2012 season. He was injured Oct. 29 against California and was taken to a hospital after tackling Golden Bears running back Isi Sofele.
Riley will have surgery similar to one Peyton Manning had last year. UCLA Coach Jim Mora arranged for Manning to talk with Riley about the surgery. He can be a redshirt this season and have two years of eligibility remaining."
Do you notice the cheerleaders at other schools?
An overwhelming 81 percent answered yes. Players singled out seven schools: Clemson, Cincinnati, Florida International, Louisville, South Florida, UCLA and their No. 1 -- Oregon.