Welcome to the first What’s Bruin of the Fall Season! Let’s take a quick spin around the world of UCLA sports to find out what’s being written about our beloved Bruins. Shall we?
Let’s start off with the 10,000-lb. gorilla in the room. I’m talking about UCLA Bruins football.
I’ve had an ongoing debate here on Bruins Nation with Victor E Bell over just how talented the players Jim Mora recruited actually are. There are two possibilities really. I’ve argued that the roster is full of talented players while Victor has argued that the recruiting services over-ranked a lot of UCLA’s recruits.
Well, Jon Wilner, one of the most respected Pac-12 writers, summed up both sides of the debate in his game-by-game predictions for this season. Wilner writes:
The recruiting rankings, of course, are but one metric — and a flawed one at that — when it comes to projecting college potential.
The rankings assigned to individual players can be erroneous. The players themselves can lack the motivation or discipline needed to thrive in college. Or they can be highly motivated and truly talented but, ahem, misused by the coaches.
It seems clear, based on performance, that some UCLA players simply aren’t as good as the recruiting rankings projected.
Also possible: Many of them are, or could be as good but were not used properly by the previous staff.
He concludes that Chip Kelly will “maximize the personnel.” Wilner also discusses Kelly’s job security at this point by writing, “Let’s just say Kelly has a tad more security than the Bruins’ men’s basketball coach.”
That right there might be the understatement of the year!
Wilner predicts a 6-6 for the Bruins.
Meanwhile, the Daily Bruin looks at a group of fans who are busy prepping for Saturday’s opener — the UCLA Marching Band.
Moving to Bruin sports in general, the UCLA Athletic Department has announced a two-year extension of the contract between UCLA, IMG College and IHeartMedia. UCLA games will remain on AM570 or one of IHeartMedia’s sister stations in the event of a conflict. The football pregame show will now be expanded from 60 minutes to 90 minutes and the postgame show will be expanded from 30 minutes to a full hour.
UCLA’s football and men’s basketball announcing teams will stay the same with Josh Lewin on play-by-play, Matt Stevens as an analyst for football, Wayne Cook as the sideline reporter and Tracy Murray as an analyst for basketball.
Also, Bruin fans in San Diego will now be able to listen to select games on 97.3 FM including this Saturday’s opener against Cincinnati.
UCLA Men’s Soccer
Matt Hundley has been selected as both the Pac-12 Player of the Week and the UCLA/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for his play against Coastal Carolina.
The UCLA men’s soccer team plays their first game at Wallis Annenberg Stadium tonight at 7 pm PT.
UCLA Women’s Soccer
Bruin goalkeeper Teagan Micah earned the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week. She was also selected to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week. Micah held #3 Penn State to just one goal on the road to earn both honors.
The Bruins’ schedule doesn’t get any easier this week as they play #22 Florida and #4 Florida State on the road this weekend.
And that’s What’s Bruin this Tuesday afternoon.