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Roundup from BN Walk: News & Notes

Time for our stroll around the BN walk and we will start with J’Mison Morgan. As I said last night before everyone get’s overly excited keep in mind that we have not seen any confirmed report yet that indicates that LSU has granted his request for a release. From the good guys over at Bruin Basketball Report:

The 6'10 265 lb center reportedly submitted his release papers to LSU over the weekend and is now awaiting to hear back from school administrators on his official release.

LSU is not obligated to release Morgan from his commitment. If LSU does not grant his release, Morgan would have to sit out a year before transferring to another school to play basketball.
So keep your eye on the wires next couple of days if you want to closely track this story. Again I think everyone should temper their excitement before seeing report of LSU granting his request for release.

Anyway, back in Westwood the baseball team will be looking to rebound tonight in what the Daily Bruin has been calling a "disappointing" and "inconsistent" season:
Last weekend, the UCLA baseball team had a chance.

A chance to turn around what thus far has been a disappointing season mired in inconsistency.

A chance to achieve a season-defining series win at home against No. 4 Arizona State, one that could have provided the spark needed to push the Bruins to a postseason berth.

Yet, the chance was erased with two late-game collapses, costing the Bruins a potential series win against Arizona State in disappointing fashion.

Tonight, the Bruins (24-20, 7-8 Pac-10) continue a stretch of games that could potentially make or break their season as they play against the streaking No. 8 San Diego Toreros (37-13, 15-3 West Coast Conference) at newly named Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Following tonight’s game against San Diego, the Bruins travel to face two-time defending national champion Oregon State this weekend. They then travel to play No. 13 UC Irvine next Tuesday, host Washington State in two weeks, and finish the season on the road against No. 12 Cal State Fullerton and No. 16 California.
It will be Garett Claypool (1-2), who will take the mound for Bruins against San Diego. Garett himself will be looking to rebound from his last outing when he got chased by the Waves in Malibu. From the official site:
Right-hander Garett Claypool will make his sixth start of the season, all coming in mid-week contests. Claypool has logged a 1-2 record and 4.25 ERA in 29.1 innings (13 appearances) this spring. The sophoomore from West Hills, Calif., has limited the opposition to a .233 batting average, recording 20 strikeouts and 27 walks. Claypool absorbed the loss in a 6-2 setback at Pepperdine last Tuesday, allowing five runs (four earned), three hits and five walks in 2.1 innings. Two weeks ago, the right-hander hurled a career-high six scoreless innings and did not receive a decision in an 8-7, 11-inning win versus UNLV (April 22).
Here is to Garettt getting back in form tonight.

Meanwhile, over at the football front Ben Olson is having his surgery today. Good luck to Big Ben.

Staying with football, CPBruinFan over at Bruin Roar, has posted capsule reports on each of our opponents spring practices. Here is CPB’s lowdown on the Vols’ spring practice:
The Vols have spent some time retooling their offense as well this April. Like the Bruins, Tennessee heads into the 2008 season with a new coordinator, three other new offensive assistants, a new scheme, new terminology and a new quarterback. Jonathan Crompton, a red-shirt junior, is the likely starter for the fall. He will be out of action for the next month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow.

There will be more of an emphasis on the running game this time around and the Volunteers have a good one in Arian Foster. The Vols return all five offensive line starters from last season and they will provide a big front for Foster, who's closing in on Tennessee's all-time rushing record.
So Harwell, Price and co. will have their hands full right from the start.

Lastly, an additional note re. our scheduled site upgrade, which is coming on Thursday. Our tech friends at SBN tells us that BN will be migrating to the new site late Thursday night, and if all goes well will be live the next morning (Friday, May 9 in our case). We are looking forward to playing with the new features in SBN.