We are getting down to the end of the final Bruin Football-less week of 2014, with the team heading off to the inland empire this weekend for Monday's start to training camp. I'll leave the bulk of the flood-related news to our dedicated updates, but while the football facilities seem to have escaped any serious damage, the San Bernardino portion of Fall Camp is a well-timed departure for the team to give a bit of relief for the crews working to clean up and repair the central portion of campus.
Speaking of Fall Camp, the athletic department has released the practice schedule for the two weeks that the team will be camping at Cal State SB. Practices will be open to the public, starting with Monday's 3pm session. Practice details per the official site:
The practices will take place on the athletic fields located on the east side of the campus. Parking is available for $5 each day for fans in Lots G and H which are adjacent to the fields. The Bruins are scheduled to be at Cal State San Bernardino through a morning practice on Saturday, August 16.
For anyone looking for some Google-mapable directions to Fall Camp, the address is: 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino CA, 92407.
Bizdady and islandbruin have already shared the news that Brett Hundley will be on the cover of this week's issue of Sports Illustrated - leading into Lee Jenkins' story on our QB - "Heismania in August". Looks like even SI is getting on the #Hundley4Heisman train as Brett and the rest of the team prepare for the upcoming season. As noted on Wednesday by Angus McClure, Brett's cover will be the 126th SI cover appearance by an active or past UCLA student-athlete since Rafer Johnson was named as the magazine's Sportsman of the Year for 1958.
Of course - as islandbruin noted in his post on the front page last night - there is the matter of the SI cover jinx. In the magazine's press release unveiling the cover, they even went so far as to use the dreaded 'unfinished business' line while describing Hundley's decision to return for this season.
The ACC is winding down the preseason press junkets for its coaches and teams. The biggest media takeaway from this week's activities had to do with UNC head coach Larry Fedora's abs, but Ted Miller got a few words from UVa head coach Mike London in looking toward the season opener (now only 30 days away!) and the culture change that has taken over at least one portion of Morgan Center.
UVA's Mike London calls UCLA fast but also "You can see [Mora has] establish a culture of toughness there."
— Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) July 30, 2014
London also noted the 'rarefied air' of Pac-12 Quarterbacks that his defense has gotten to experience - after opening last season against Oregon.
And in a wider, more serious bit of college football news, the NCAA has reached a $70 million settlement relating to concussions and college athletics - with football players being the highest profile, but not only group of college athletes affected. It is not an all-encompassing agreement - the fund created by the settlement will only deal with the diagnosis of head injuries and not treatment, but the settlement does not restrict the future legal actions of players for the diagnosed injuries.