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UCLA Football Quick Hitters: Pac-12 Media Reps, Another 2012 Preview & Recruiting Costs

No. 7 will be repping the Bruin Blue and Gold at the 2012 Pac-12 Media Day.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
No. 7 will be repping the Bruin Blue and Gold at the 2012 Pac-12 Media Day. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Let's get the Hump Day rolling with three quick UCLA football related news and notes. This is the time of the year (why is NBA basketball still going on in mid-June?) when the wait for college football seem way too long. Anyway, on to football:

  • Jon Gold blogged couple of days ago about UCLA selecting redshirt senior running back Johnathan Franklin and redshirt sophomore safety Tevin McDonald as Bruin representatives for this year's Pac-12 Media Day. It is going to be on July 24 at Universal Studios. Jet Ski's selection is not a surprise but picking McDonald is interesting in a good way. As noted by Gold given that defense has number of upper classmen and "several senior starters," by selecting Tevin Mora and staff may be sending a message to rest of the crew that ultimately talent will trump seniority in this program. Let's hope that's the case.
  • Bill Connelly from SBN put together a "complete 2012 statistical profile" for our football team dubbing it the "the 1-Year waiting period." Connelly's post as always is filled with interesting data. At the end to Connelly "success" for UCLA football will come in the form of "seven wins" which is probably music to the ears of an incompetent athletic director. But if you look closely Connelly is under estimating how soft UCLA's schedule is going to be in the upcoming season and how despite all other issues, if the Bruins had received average coaching this past year they would have easily won at least 8 football games (not choking against Houston or Illinois and beat a below average Utah team). We will try to get into it with more detailed look later. In case you want to do it go right ahead in the fanpost section.
  • Lastly, ICYMI Ted Miller from ESPN broke down the recruiting costs of Pac-12 schools, offering data for all public schools with transparent budgets. Not surprisingly Oregon spent the most - $590,683 in 2011 and $622,254 in 2010. UCLA spent more than Cal ($412,535 in 2010) but lagged behind Colorado and Washington. Interestingly LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma spent less than $360,000, while schools like Alabama not surprisingly spent nearly $1 million. Not sure what that means.
  • That's what I have. What do you got. Discuss and share right here.