.What’s Bruin this Thursday morning?
UCLA Men’s Golf
The UCLA Men’s Golf team has advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2015. The Bruins finished up at the Bryan, Texas Regional in fourth place overall at a 2-over 866 for the three-day tournament. UCLA finished 29 strokes behind regional leader and home team Texas A&M. Clemson was second. The Tigers were 20 strokes up over the Bruins. Baylor finished third, just 9 strokes ahead of UCLA. Meanwhile, Kentucky finished fifth and made the cut by just three strokes over sixth-place South Carolina.
Devon Bling wrapped up the event in eighth place, individually, while Cole Madey finished 11th.
The Bruins will now head to the NCAA Championships in Stillwell, Oklahoma which start on May 25th.
UCLA Athletics & Academics
Seven UCLA athletic programs scored a perfect 1000 Academic Progress Rate for the 2016-2017 school year. That’s the best for the UCLA Athletics Department since the NCAA started ucing the APR as a measure of classroom performance.
The teams which acheived the perfect score are: men’s cross country, men’s volleyball, men’s water polo, beach volleyball, women’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s water polo.
UCLA Men’s Basketball
UCLA will play the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2019 CBS Sports Classic at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be UCLA’s sixth appearance in the CBS Sports Classic and the Bruins’ second time facing the Tar Heels since the event began in 2014. The 2019 event will take place on December 22, 2019. The Bruins will face Ohio State in the 2018 Classic, which will be held this year at the United Center in Chicago on December 21st.
UCLA has been mentioned as a school where one Adidas executive tried to steer the recruitmen of five-star Indiana prospect Romeo Langford. Kevin Flaherty of 247 Sports writes:
Pitino said that Adidas was involved with Langford in early 2016, as he texted with Adidas global marketing director Jim Gatto with concerns about another Adidas official pushing UCLA — the Bruins swapped to Under Armour a few months later. Gatto, who currently faces charges as part of the FBI’s case, replied that he would check on it.
Langford, eventually, chose to play at another Adidas school, Indiana, after UCLA had left Adidas for Under Armour.
UCLA defensive back Will Lockett will leave the Bruin football program, according to a report by Tracy Pierson of Bruin Report Online. Pierson writes:
It was believed that Lockett didn’t satisfy program requirements and therefore was forced to leave.
Lockett didn’t participate in the first portion of spring practice in March, due to disciplinary issues. He returned for the second month of practice in April, after first watching from the sideline in shorts for the first couple practices after his return.
It’s uncertain if the issues that kept him out of spring practice were the reason for his departure.
Because Lockett has used his redshirt year, he is looking for a way to transfer without losing a year of eligibility.
And that’s What’s Bruin this Thursday morning.