Suffice to say, it's been a pretty busy half-week here at BN. In BN news, we introduced two new awesome additions to our front-page crew in AHMB and freesia39. Very excited to have them on board. In UCLA news, we took notes from football's closed Rose Bowl scrimmage and the beginning of the team's preparations for Case Keenum and his Houston Cougars. AHMB kicked off his front-page tenure by previewing Houston, while DCBruins checked in with some really encouraging notes on Howland's recruiting on the basketball front. Meanwhile, N had a really thought provoking (at least as a fellow United fan) post on UCLA fans, Arsenal fans, and the lack of "glory hunters" among our ranks. We also checked in with a final update on the SBN conference re-draft project, with the 12-Pack rounding out with Northwestern. Finally, the big news of the week was Neuheisel naming Kevin Prince as the starting QB for the Houston game, ending weeks of speculation.
So with that, let's turn to your bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse:
- Despite persistent concern trolling from various places in the media, the law school dean at UCLA has come out on the offensive in an letter to the editor of the New York Times, defending the Lowell Milken gift and blasting those who have overblown the "controversy" surrounding the gift. I mean, seriously, would you rather the guy keep his money to himself and use it for selfish purposes rather than donating it (perhaps as some means of paying back the debt he feels he owes society)?
- Switching over to football, the Whittier Daily News has a profile of sixth-year senior offensive lineman Sean Sheller, who after missing two years due to injury, is eager to start his senior season and make an impact for UCLA this year. The Bruins, usually thin up front due to injury, will need Sean to step up this year to keep newly named starting QB Kevin Prince upright.
- Sticking with football, the Daily Bruin has a cool Q&A with an undergrad by the name of Dimitri Hajimihalis. Who is Dimitri you ask? He's a political science major who happens to also be a (football) film junkie and an undergraduate assistant for Neuheisel's program. It's actually kind of a neat story and great to see a kid putting in that kind of work for little or no credit.
- The UCLA-U$C game stabbing brawl case has finally come to a close, with
criminal scumbagAnthony Richard Cisneros being sentenced to 15 years, 4 months in prison for a pair of felony attempted murder charges. Under the current credit scheme, that means he'll serve about 12, getting out in approximately 2023 (assuming he's not shanked in prison).
- Turning to non-revenue sports, Yahoo! Sports' Brian Murphy has a good piece of UCLA golfing sensation Patrick Cantlay, discussing not just Cantlay's accomplishments this summer off-season, but also talking about Cantlay's very bright future (which bodes very well for UCLA this upcoming season).
- In other on-campus news, another NBA baller has turned to UCLA to get his hoop fix on. Ron Artest (the soon-to-be Mr. Metta World Peace) was spotted in Westwood, playing pick-up basketball on campus, joining the likes of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, and Baron Davis as NBA stars spending their lock-out at the greatest university in the world. Kind of a neat note on Ron-Ron taking some current Bruins to school on the defensive end.
Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites for the middle of the week. Just a few more days until the long holiday weekend and the return of college football. Is it Saturday yet?