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Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse: UCLA Football, Gymnastics, WBB, Coach Watson & Stan's

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Spring football has arrived and so too has a new doughnut at Stan's. Take a look at what is happening in the Bruin Twitterverse.

Coach Earl Watson
Coach Earl Watson
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This is a fun week for Bruin fans.  Spring football has begun, the women's basketball team is headed to the WNIT championship game, and the UCLA Gymnastics team gets started in the NCAA regionals on Saturday.  So let's see what all the tweets are about.

Spring practice is a time to make some good friends, just ask Mossi Johnson and Myles Jack (wait for it):

How in the world did Deon Hollins get that ball?

But this is even more impressive!

It's great to have you back Austin.

Congratulations to the UCLA Gymnastics team and good luck tomorrow in the regionals.

Can someone please get our women's basketball team a plane?

And you will be missed.

So maybe a long bus ride really isn't a bad thing!

Going Pro.

So I know you all have a favorite at Stan's.  Now we know which one is Brett's  (hope no one at Morgan Center is getting jealous).

Seems like Brett has really developed a sweet tooth!

A "former" pro has written another book:

and continues to have an impact:

Congratulations time:

Happy Birthday Owamagbe Odighizuwa (and mom)!

Congratulations Datone!

A great Bruin is becoming a great teacher:

This past August, Earl Watson lost his brother.  Earl is keeping his promise to his brother by following his heart and taking up coaching:

Dwayne Hooks, Earl's brother and a retired police officer, died from a gunshot wound and wanted Earl to follow his heart and become a coach:

Hooks "used to say, 'Earl, if that's what you want to do, do it,' " Watson said. "He said, 'Earl your entire life you've helped the family and took us to a place where we would never be financially.' He said, 'Now it's time for you to do what's best for you. We're good. You don't have to keep playing for us. Do what your heart tells you do.' "

Earl is now working as assistant coach for the Spurs' development league team and earning $30,000 a year.  Earl has been preparing to coach for a long time:

Playing for Larry Bird wasn't an accident. Me going with Jerry West wasn't an accident. Me going to Utah wasn't an accident," Watson said. "I didn't do anything by chance.

The Spurs are really happy with the impact Earl is having (who wouldn't be?):

"This is a man who has prepared himself to coach probably from the early days when he started playing," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. "He has great respect for the people he played for, the people he's played with. As a mentor, his impact on young players seems to be pretty powerful."

With Watson helping them, three of the D-League Austin players were promoted to the NBA this season: JaMychal Green, Bryce Cotton and Jarell Eddie. Buford said Watson also has had "significant influence" on Spurs rookie guard Kyle Anderson, who has shuttled between Austin and San Antonio this season.

Good luck to Earl who has always been a great Bruin and a great man.

And the last word, keeping it true and simple: