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Saturday Roundup & Notes

As T already posted a heartfelt congratulations to everyone to all the graduates who are walking this weekend. Armed with a degree from one of the finest universities in the world, life is only going to get better from hereon out. So congrats to all of you.

Now let's get to mixed bag of Saturday roundup and notes.

Brian Dohn has been posting bits and pieces of news on his blog. Let's go with couple of items we need to mark in our calendars. He has the starting date for what could possibly be Dorrell's last pre-season camp at UCLA:

UCLA announced today football training camp begins Aug. 6. It will be held at Spaulding Field, and I'm guessing it will be open to the public until they get into game prep mode in late August. Also, the school announced what was reported in today's paper, and that is Justin Brown is no longer with the football program.
FYI Justin Brown was a 3 star OL recruit who was also recruited by Utah and Utep before committing to Dorrell's program. Good luck to Justin. Hope it all works for him and wherever he ends up I certainly hope along with some good coaching he also gets a good education.

Staying with calendar items we have some dates to mark down wrt the Ben Ball warriors:
UCLA's path to a third successive Final Four will begin Nov. 9 when the Bruins host Portland State in the season opener, according to sources.

The Bruins already agreed to participate in the 16-team College Basketball Experience, and will host one of four pods, of which they will be heavily favored to win. UCLA, Chicago State, Youngstown State and Weber State will play Nov.12-13 at Pauley Pavilion. The matchups are yet to be determined, and the winner advances to the semifinals Nov. 19 in Kansas City.

Also hosting pods are Michigan State, Maryland and Missouri. The title game is slated for Nov. 20.

The Bruins also have the rest of their nonconference schedule finalized, and it is highlighted by a Dec. 2 visit from Texas as part of the Pacific-10 vs. Big 12 series.

UCLA will travel to Michigan (Dec. 22) and host Idaho State, UC Davis, Western Illinois, Yale and Cal Poly in addition to their 18-game league schedule.

UCLA will also play in the Wooden Classic, but the Bruins do not yet know their opponent.
Now tell me the anticipation and exciting feeling around these dates are just a little different from those around the football program. Of course all of that is our fault. The full schedule is not out yet. When it is published in the official site, we will post it on our left navigation bar as well.

Anyways Dohn has some more tidbits on the hoops team including some scattered notes on Luc on his blog. So make sure to check it out.

Sticking with hoop notes apparently Coach Howland is one of the legion of Soprano fans, who was disappointed with the finale. I haven't seen the finale. So I have no idea. What do you guys think?

Lastly, UCLA soccer continues to maintain its strong presence in the National team. 3 Bruins were selected to play for the USA's under-21 team. Good luck to all of them.