What’s Bruin this Tuesday morning?
UCLA Men’s Golf
The men’s golf team kicked off action at the NCAA Regional tournament in Bryan, Texas by shooting a par 288. That puts the Bruins in fourth place so far behind Texas A&M, Baylor, and Clemson. UCLA is five strokes ahead of fifth-place South Carolina. The top five teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships.
Individually, junior Cole Madey is one shot off the individual lead after shooting a 3-under 69 yesterday. Sophomore Hidetoshi Yoshihara and freshmen Devon Bling and Eddy Lai each shot a 1-over 73 yesterday, which ties them for 22nd place. Tyler Collier finished up with a 5-over 77.
Round Two began this morning and you can follow the Bruins via Golfstat.com.
It was a good weekend for the UCLA tennis teams. The women’s tennis team swept Baylor, 4-0, on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, the men’s tennis team swept San Diego, 4-0. Both teams now head to Winston-Salem, North Carolina where the NCAA Tennis Championships will be held on the campus of Wake Forest University. The women’s team is back in action on Thursday against 5th seed Ole Miss while the men’s team faces Michigan on early Friday morning.
Zach Pettway gave up 7 runs in 41⁄3 innings and Washington hit 5 homers as the Bruins lost to the Huskies, 13-6, on Saturday. On Sunday, Holden Powell gave up a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning and UCLA lost the game and the series to the Huskies, 6-4.
UCLA returns to action tonight against CSUN. Before playing their regularly scheduled game at 6pm, the teams will complete their suspended game from March 14th beginning at 4:30 pm.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg has listed Wilton Speight as a transfer “who will shake up” college football this season. He includes Speight because he started at Michigan in 2016, but goes on to add that he may not fit well with Chip Kelly’s system. If that is the case, I’m not sure how he will shake up college football this year.
Meanwhile, 247Sports.com’s Greg Biggins has an interview with another incoming UCLA QB. Biggins spoke with Dorian Thompson-Robinson about competing for the starting job this fall.
Former UCLA football coach Jim Mora is expected to be named head coach of the Salt Lake City franchise of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), according to the Sporting News. While the article doesn’t mention how much Mora will be paid, his salary with the AAF would reduce the amount UCLA is required to pay him as part of the buyout of his contract after firing him in November. Coincidentally, the AAF looks like it will feature the “Bruin Coaching Failure Bowl” as Mora’s predecessor Rick Neuheisel is expected to coach the Phoenix entry. There’s no word on if Karl Dorell plans on also coaching in the new league.
And that’s What’s Bruin this Tuesday morning....