Rick Kimbrel

Rick Kimbrel

Rick Kimbrel, the former managing editor of PrepStar magazine, is nationally recognized as one of the leading authorities on college football recruiting. The veteran analyst and reporter was key in first making Blue Chip Illustrated and then PrepStar Magazine a recruiting publication standard.

Kimbrel has written for CBS Sportsline, ESPN.com, CNN-SI, The Sporting News, Athlon's, Lindy's, Football News, and numerous other publications. He has also consulted on All-America teams for Parade Magazine and Street and Smith's. Most recently, Rick was the West Coast Recruiting Editor for Rivals.com, national recruiting consultant for Rivals.com and publisher of BruinBlitz.com.

Rick has been a featured guest on many television shows around the nation including Prime Ticket, Fox Sports, Fox Sports West, CNN, CNN-SI and numerous local and regional stations. Kimbrel is also a highly sought after guest on radio broadcasts from coast-to-coast.

Saturday, 16 December 2017 16:26

Bruins Ready To Host Bearcats

Holiday A PortUCLA (7-2) welcomes No. 23 ranked Cincinnati (8-2) to Pauley Pavilion to face on Saturday, Dec. 16. It will be the first time these two schools have ever squared off against each in the hallowed arena in Westwood.

The Bruins knocked Cincinnati out of the NCAA tournament last March with a 79-67, second round victory. UCLA and Cincinnati have gone 2-2 against each other in the all-time series.

The Bearcats bring back an experienced group, seven of Cincinnati's nine players who saw action against the Bruins, in the NCAA Tournament game last season are back for the Bearcats. Junior Jacob Evans III (14.2 ppg) and senior Gary Clark (12.8 ppg) have been the team's top two scorers through the Bearcats' first 10 games. 

Cincinnati is coached by Mick Cronin, who is in his 12th season at the helm. Under Cronin’s guidance, the Bearcats have played in the NCAA Tournament the last seven years.

Last time out, the Bruins led much of the game on the road, against a good and well coached Michigan team but end up losing in overtime, 78-69.

The cause of that loss; UCLA was very sloppy with the basketball. With a season-high 20 turnovers, Michigan outscored UCLA by 10 in points off of turnovers, and that margin was the difference between winning and losing.

Aaron Holiday scored a career-high, 27 points against Michigan, while Thomas Welsh tied his career best, 22 points and had a game-high 10 boards, to record his sixth double-double of the season.

The game will be nationally televised on CBS Brad Nessler handling the play-by-play, Bill Raftery analyzing the game, and John Schriffen reporting from the sideline.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the contest on their flagship station AM 570 with Josh Lewin and UCLA all-time great, Tracy Murray performing their usual duties.

Saturday, 16 December 2017 14:31

Thomas Welsh Talks Shooting Threes

UCLA senior big man, Thomas Welsh, talks about adding the three-point shot to his resume. He currently has the best three-point shooting percentage on the team. He talks about the two remaining teammates on suspension and more.

Saturday, 16 December 2017 14:25

Kris Wilkes Ready To Go Forward

UCLA true freshman, Kris Wilkes, talks about playing in his first true road game and he learned. He talks about shooting on the college level opposed to high school, shooting free throws and a whole lot more. Enjoy!

Saturday, 16 December 2017 14:20

GG Golomon Meets the Press

UCLA senior forward, GG Golomon, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the team and the coming game with Cincinnati. Enjoy!

Friday, 15 December 2017 15:47

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head basketball coach, Steve Alford, met with the Bruin beat media to catch everyone up with what is going on with the program. Topics covered are the two remaining players of the China 3 and of course the coming Cincinnati game. Enjoy!

Thursday, 14 December 2017 15:41

The Coaching Life

Coaches Quick HitsDecember is supposed to be the season to be jolly. Not if you’re in the coaching profession and on a staff that is about to be replaced. It doesn’t matter what your resume says, there is a good chance you won’t stay on with the new regime.

It reminds me of the scene in Godfather 1 when the Dons of the leading families are in a meeting to stop the fighting between the families. One of the Don says to his colleagues “this is the life that we chose," meaning families can’t complain about what comes with the territory.

Same is true in the coaching profession. It is rare indeed in modern football for you stay in the same place for more than a few seasons, but this is the life that they chose.

The coaching life is hard on the family. Much like the military life, a coach’s family has to be ready to move to a new location at a moment’s notice. That coaching is the life that they chose, doesn’t make it any easier on the people involved when the staff is released.

Some assistant coaches see the writing on the wall and they start getting their resumes out within the coaching community ASAP. Others keep working like they are going to be retained and recruit that way.

Back before Pete Carroll took the job at USC, Troy was in ashes. It was like they accepted gifts from the Greeks all over again, but three coaches on that staff recruited like nothing had changed. These three men helped bring in a solid class that was the foundation of what was to become the Pete Carroll Era of Trojan football.

Out of these three men, two were hired by Carroll. They were Kennedy Polamalu and Ed Orgeron. The third, Dennis Thurman, was hired by an NFL team.

When Rick Neuheisel was released by UCLA, Angus McClure continued to recruit like he had the job with the Bruins. When Jim Mora was hired, McClure was retained.

Chip Kelly has hired most of his staff retaining three holdovers. All on the offensive side of the ball. Deshaun Foster, who was a star for the Bruins will coach running backs. Hank Fraley, who did an outstanding job with offensive line will continue in that role and Jimmie Daughtery was retained as receivers coach.

So the search for work goes on for the rest of Jim Mora’s staff. McClure is in the running for a job and perhaps Jedd Fisch, but as December roles on nothing is certain for those still on the staff and after the Cactus Bowl, the resumes go out and the search begins, but this is the life they chose.

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