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Bruin Bites: Home Cooking, Concussion Research And The Opening

Your Friday morning notes on UCLA and other goings on in the college football world.

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Hey folks, hope you are having a fine (and not hungover) Friday Morning. And congrats for those of you who have today off as part of an extended 4th of July weekend. Given the holiday, the news load this morning will be a bit light.

ESPN's Pac-12 Blog looked at the home and away records of each Pac-12 team over the last 3 years. The result of the not-so scientific process judged that UCLA had the largest Home-Field advantage over that span, having a home winning percentage .209 higher than the overall record. Despite the crazy scene at Autzen Stadium, Oregon had the smallest gain in win percentage at home (.005). Stanford has the best home record at 19-1 (.950) since 2010, a little surprising even given how good their teams have been given the lack of fan support in Palo Alto and less-than imposing nature of their stadium.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal has a story on Johnathan Franklin and how he is adjusting to life in Green Bay.

Franklin has never gone fishing or hunting in his life, and he encountered his first trophy mount in the team's equipment room.

"I saw a moose head in a room the other day and I went crazy. I ain't seen none of this," Franklin explained while shaking his head. "I said, 'Is that real? Did you really kill a moose?' It's so different here. I saw a porcupine the other day, I mean it's crazy."

Doctors at a new research center at the University of Nebraska are working on a series of projects with the goal of diagnosing head injuries with much greater speed and accuracy than is currently possible.

In addition to a new, advanced type of MRI machine that has been installed at Memorial Stadium, football-applicable work that is being done in Lincoln includes a type of portable brain scanning equipment which, if development continues as expected, would allow a doctor on the sideline to diagnose a symptomatic player with a concussion or clear him to play within a few minutes.

If a linebacker took a hit to the head, he would come to the sideline and have an electrode net placed over his head. Battery-powered brain-recording equipment would measure the player's responses to stimuli.

"We can get an idea of what area of the brain is being involved in the process, whether the speed of processing is at the rate it should be," Molfese said. "The different areas of the brain that normally integrate information quickly stop doing that, so that's another way we should be able to pick up whether there is an injury or not."

Molfese said the device, which should be ready for use within one to two years, eventually could be used in hospitals to screen patients for head injuries.

"It would be routine," he said, "and they'd know within 10 minutes."

Meanwhile, Rich Rodriguez wonders what all the fuss is about. He knew within seconds after this hit - and the vomiting that followed - that Matt Scott totally did not suffer a concussion at the end of last season's game against Southern Cal.

This week saw Nike host the largest football recruiting event of the year - "The Opening" - at their world HQ in Beaverton, Oregon. The event brought 161 rising high school senior athletes, including a number of Bruin targets, to train and compete against the best of their peers. Bud Elliott and the rest of the SB Nation CFB Recruiting staff spent the week covering the opening, and have a simply massive collections of posts, interviews and videos from the gathering at Phil Knight's place that is well worth having a look through.

And to wrap things up, can you find the coded message on the floor of Boelter Hall?