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What's Bruin: UCLA Prepares for a Showdown with Stanford

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This Tuesday morning edition of What's Bruin includes news and notes from UCLA Football, Basketball, Water Polo, Golf and Tennis.

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First, the important news: Jack Wang reports that LB Jayon Brown and CB Marcus Rios will be ready to play against Stanford. That's good news for a beleaguered UCLA defense.

If you care what ESPN blowhard "college football insider" Ted Miller has to say about Thursday's UCLA-Stanford matchup, then this preview is right up your alley.

But let's not forget to give credit to "college football insider" Ted Miller for the following insights:

Ted Miller applauded Pat Haden's choice of Steve Sarkisian in 2014:

A year later, Ted Miller writes "No one viewed athletic director Pat Haden's hiring of Sarkisian as a home run when it happened." Hmmmm.

And then there's this clueless, classless tweet based on a false equivalency:

Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Ted. If not for your game preview, I would never have guessed that Stanford would consider a run-first attack against the Bruins.

Football Recruiting

Southern Cal is already experiencing fallout from the Sarkisian mess. Five-star linebacker recruit Daelin Hayes decommited from USC on Sunday, which may be the start of a trickle of defections that will put a handful of Southern Cal recruits back into play.

Update: Five-star linebacker Mique Juarez, previously committed to USC, has just announced that he too is decomitting from USC.

Brian Dohn at BRO breaks down the options for New Jersey cornerback Jordan Fuller, Devin Fuller's brother. The Bruins are in the mix, but Jordan's interest in staying close to home works against UCLA.

Junior Will Ignont may be hard to pry away from SEC country, but Scout's Chad Simmons reports that Ignont plans to make an official visit to UCLA.

Basketball Recruiting

According to Josh Gershon at BRO, UCLA has extended an offer to 6'8" high school freshman forward Isaiah Mobley. Since Mobley won't be playing collegiate basketball until 2019, he has a lot of time to consider his options. Also, it's worth noting that Mobley played with the Compton Magic AAU program this past summer.

For those following all the details in the T.J. Leaf saga, Mike Woolfson reports that Leaf has cancelled his official visit to Kansas, and that "all signs are pointing to UCLA" as his final destination. In case you've forgotten, Leaf is a class of 2016 five-star forward who decommitted from Arizona a couple of months ago. For what it's worth, 247 Sports "Crystal Ball" Predictions for Leaf has UCLA as a heavy favorite to land him.

Men's Golf

UCLA sophomore Tyler Collier participated in the Burbank City Amateur Golf Championship this past weekend and, after building a substantial lead after two rounds, held on to claim the tournament title by three strokes. Congratulations Tyler!

Women's Tennis

Senior Catherine Harrison earned a pair of victories in the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships before losing to Mississippi State's Jasmine Lee in the semifinals of the tournament's consolation bracket.

Sophomore Kristin Wiley also won a pair of matches before losing in the semifinals of the Long Beach State Invitational.

Men's Water Polo

UCLA junior Ryder Roberts has been selected as the MPSF/Kap7 Player of the Week after scoring 10 goals in the SoCal Invitational over the weekend. Roberts netted a hat trick in the Bruins' semifinal victory over #4 California, and then tallied another four goals in UCLA's victory over #2 Southern Cal in the tournament final.

Dribble For The Cure

Finally, Julia Savage has a terrific recap of the 2015 Dribble for the Cure event.

And that's What's Bruin this Tuesday morning. Go BRUINS!