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.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 16:25

Spring Preview - RB (Part One)

Franklin J 300The Bruins will be holding auditions this spring for a new starting running back. This part one of a two part story. UCLA running backs coach Steve Broussard talked to BruinBru.com about his players and his expectation heading into spring.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 23:14

Word From Westwood

All eyes are on the UCLA basketball teams this week as they begin play in the NCAA Tournament, the men in Texas and the women in Ohio (more information on both below).

UCLA is one of only seven colleges/universities (and the only one in the Pac-12) in the 2012-13 season to have both its basketball teams participating in the “Big Dance” and have its football team compete in a bowl game. Let the tip-offs begin …

 

Pauley PavilionNew Pauley Pavilion one of Five Nominees for Top Sports Industry Award
UCLA was honored to learn that New Pauley Pavilion is one of five new facilities selected as a nominee in the Sports Facility of the Year category for the 2013 Sports Business Awards, presented by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.

 

Pauley, which opened in October after a $136-million renovation, was nominated alongside the following new stadiums and arenas:

The inclusion of New Pauley on this exclusive list is a testament to the Campaign of Champions Committee and the thousands of donors that have made the building a rousing success, not to mention the efforts of all those who put countless hours into the project.

 

The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from March 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013. Sports facilities (new, renovated or established) in North America whose primary function is hosting and staging sports events were eligible. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that will be held Wednesday, May 22, at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

 

Click here to see an article from the Los Angeles Times’ David Wharton on Pauley’s nomination.

NCAA March MadnessMen's Basketball Finishes Second in Pac-12 Tourney, Heads to Austin for NCAAs
After falling short in the championship game to Oregon on Saturday night in the first-ever Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament played in Las Vegas, the UCLA men’s basketball team (25-9, 13-5 Pac 12) has earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 11 seed Minnesota (20-12, 8-10 Big Ten) on Friday, March 22 at 6:57 pm PT on truTV.

 

Selected to the South Region, the Bruins will play their second-round tournament game at the Frank Erwin Events Center on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. The winner of Friday's contest will play the winner of No. 3 seed Florida vs. No. 14 seed Northwestern State on Sunday, March 24, also in Austin.

 

For more information, please visit the NCAA Tournament Central page on UCLABruins.com.

Bruins fans making the trek to Austin are encouraged to attend the pregame Bruin Bash at the Old School Bar and Grill (401 East 6th Street) Friday afternoon from 4-6 pm CT. Enjoy an unlimited buffet, performances by the UCLA Band & Spirit Squad, two drink tickets and the atmosphere of downtown Austin. Tickets are $35 pre-sale and $40 at the door. To order tickets, click here.

 

NCAA Women's TournamentWomen's Basketball Draws #3 Seed and Faces Stetson to Begin NCAA Tourney
The women's basketball team (25-7, 14-4 Pac-12) earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 14 seed Stetson (24-8, 14-4 Atlantic Sun) on Saturday, March 23 at 10:40 am (PT) in first-round action.

 

The game will be televised live on ESPN2 and will also be broadcast live onUCLABruins.com with Dave Marcus and Mike Sondheimer on the call.

Selected to the Oklahoma City Region, the Pac-12 Tournament runners-up will play their first-round tournament game at St. John Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University. The winner of UCLA-Stetson will face the winner of sixth-seeded Oklahoma and 11th seeded Central Michigan on Monday in the second round.

 

This marks UCLA's 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and the first for second-year head coach Cori Close.

 

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Tickets Available Now 
UCLA is selling ticket packages for the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament first and second round games in Columbus, Ohio. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Vanessa ZamarripaAnother Perfect 10 for Zamarripa Leads Bruins Past Razorbacks in Pauley
Led by a perfect 10 by Vanessa Zamarripa on vault (watch here ), the eighth of her career, the #8-ranked gymnastics team matched its season-high team total in the regular season finale last Sunday, scoring 197.425 to defeat Arkansas, which scored 196.6.

 

On a glorious Senior Day in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins' fifth-year seniors came up big. In addition to scoring a 10 on vault, Zamarripa won uneven bars with a 9.95 and the all-around with a season-high-tying 39.675. Alyssa Pritchett hit career-highs on both vault and floor exercise, and Kaelie Baer scored a career-high on vault for the third-straight meet. The Bruins will defend their conference title this Saturday when they compete at the Pac-12 Championships at Oregon State. The meet will be televised live at 7 pm on the Pac-12 Networks.

 

Save the Dates: UCLA Coaches to Go "On the Road" This Spring 
Several UCLA coaches, highlighted by football coach Jim Mora, will hit the road for a cadre of events with fans throughout the Southland later this spring. The dates are as follows: May 29 (San Fernando Valley); June 5 (Orange County), June 11 (Pasadena) and June 22 (Orange County). Details will be announced in the coming weeks, but be sure to hold the date for the event in your area.

 

Olympic Sports Report

  • The #3-ranked men's tennis team had just one match last week, as the Bruins edged No. 21 Tulsa, 4-3 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The team will not be in action again until a March 29 match at Cal.
  • The #4-ranked women's water polo team was off last week to prepare for finals week. The Bruins are 18-3 and 1-1 in the MPSF on the year, and return to action this weekend. UCLA will host league newcomer, Cal State Bakersfield, on Sunday at Spieker Aquatics Center at 1 pm.
  • The #5-ranked men's volleyball team extended its winning streak to four matches last week with a pair of five-set road victories against Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge. The Bruins will break for finals this week before returning to action on March 29 at UC San Diego, and March 30 at UC Irvine.
  • The #5-ranked women's tennis team opened up Pac-12 play last week, downing both Utah and Colorado by identical 6-1 scores. Next up for the Bruins is a March 22 showdown with Washington State in Pullman.
  • The #11-ranked baseball team earned a series sweep of Washington over the weekend. The Bruins got a walk-off single from Christoph Bono to win in 15 innings on Saturday afternoon before Nick Vander Tuig threw a complete game shutout to earn the win in the nightcap. UCLA took home a 3-0 win over the Huskies on Sunday to earn the sweep. The Bruins will wrap up their homestand this weekend as they continue Pac-12 play against California at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
  • The #12-ranked softball defeated North Dakota State in its lone game of the week last Tuesday and will open up Pac-12 play against #2-ranked Arizona State at Easton Stadium this Friday through Sunday (game times are at 7, 6 and 12 pm).
  • Diver Emma Ivory-Ganja qualified for the NCAA Championships at last week's NCAA Zone E Championships in Colorado Springs and now joins nine swimmers in Indianapolis this week for the NCAA Championships, which run from Thursday through Saturday.
  • The track and field program opened the outdoor season with two event victories at the Aztec Invitational this weekend in San Diego. Ida Storm won the women's hammer throw with a career-best toss, and Allison Koressel took first in the women's pole vault. The men did not compete in San Diego and will instead begin their outdoor season next Saturday in San Marcos, Texas in the Texas State Elite Meet.
  • The UCLA rowing program completed several scrimmage races against Gonzaga last Saturday morning in Marina del Rey. The Bruins will return to action at the two-day San Diego Crew Classic on April 6-7.
  • A historic first week for the UCLA sand volleyball program finished with its first-ever, dual-meet victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday and a second-place finish by the duo of Meg Norton and Kelly Reeves at the USC bracket tournament on Sunday. The Bruins will have another first this Thursday when they host fellow first-year team Nebraska at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica at 1 pm.

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After spending four days in Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, I can certainly say that the change in location has been a healthy move for the conference’s annual showcase event. As much as I miss having the tournament right down the street at Staples Center, Las Vegas proved itself as a marquee destination in year one.

 

The MGM Grand was buzzing with fans from every one of the 12 schools all weekend long, and the Pac-12 Tournament was proudly on display all throughout the sprawling complex. Whether it was the Pac-12 mascots waiting in the grand lobby to check out of the hotel, or pep rallies at the pool, or the stage in the front of the entrance adorned with a scaled-down version of the tournament court, along with the iconic golden lions of the MGM, our conference was everywhere you went.

 

One of the hallmark events of Championship Weekend, in addition to the games themselves, is the annual Pac-12 Hall of Honor ceremony, which recognizes one men’s basketball student-athlete from each member institution. This year, Bruin great Lucius Allen was our honoree and joined an elite group of roundball legends.

 

It was wonderful to see him collect the honor in front of a packed house at the Saturday ceremony, but it was even more special to witness the ovation he received from the Bruin faithful when he and his fellow honorees were announced at the championship game that night.

 

Speaking of championship games, I want to thank all those of you who made the trip to support the team in Las Vegas, and those of you who supported the women’s team the previous weekend in Seattle. Both teams advanced to the final games of their respective tournaments, and your support of these student-athletes continues to be essential to their success as they progress in the postseason. We hope to see you in either Austin, Texas or Columbus, Ohio this weekend as the Big Dance begins.

Go Bruins!

Dan Guerrero
UCLA Athletic Director

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 22:56

UCLA To Face Minnesota Friday

GAME NOTES: UCLA TO FACE MINNESOTA IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

Bruins headed to NCAA Tournament for seventh time in last 10 seasons

 

LINK TO UCLA’S TOURNAMENT NOTES:  http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031813aab.html

 

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men’s basketball team, seeded No. 6 in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region, will face No. 11-seed Minnesota (20-12, 8-10 Big Ten) on Friday evening at approximately 6:57 p.m. (PT) in Austin, Texas. The second-round NCAA Tournament game will be televised live by truTV. UCLA has not faced Minnesota since an Elite Eight appearance in the 1997 NCAA Tournament.

 

GAME INFORMATION

Event: NCAA Tournament, second round

Venue: Frank Erwin Center (capacity: 16,292)

Tip-Off Time: 6:57 p.m. (PT)/8:57 p.m. (CT)

Television: truTV

TV Talent: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570

Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)

 

UCLA AT A GLANCE

Overall Record: 25-9

Pac-12 Record: 13-5

Pac-12 Regular-Season Finish: 1st/12

Pac-12 Tournament Finish: 2nd/12

Head Coach: Ben Howland

Coach’s Record at UCLA: 233-106 (10th season)

Coach’s Record Overall: 401-205 (19th season)

 

MINNESOTA AT A GLANCE

Overall Record: 20-12

Big Ten Record: 8-10

Big Ten Regular-Season Finish: 9th/12

Big Ten Tournament Finish: first round (L, 51-49, vs. Illinois)

Head Coach: Tubby Smith

Coach’s Record at UCLA: 123-80 (6th season)

Coach’s Record Overall: 510-225 (22nd season)

 

BRUINS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

UCLA has returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons and for the seventh time in Ben Howland’s 10-year tenure as head coach. The Bruins are making their 45th overall NCAA Tournament appearance and will face Minnesota for the first time since a 1997 NCAA Tournament loss (Elite Eight) to the Golden Gophers on March 22, 1997 (Minnesota was later stripped of its Final Four appearance that season). None of UCLA’s current players competed on the Bruins’ 2010-11 NCAA Tournament team (Travis, David Wear redshirted that season after transferring from North Carolina). The Bruins are 100-37 all-time in 44 previous NCAA Tournament trips.

 

PAC-12 SUCCESS

The Bruins have won four of the last eight Pac-12 regular-season titles, having clinched the 2013 crown with a 61-54 victory at Washington on March 9. Later that day, Oregon lost at Utah by a 72-62 margin, allowing UCLA to assume sole possession of first place on the final day of regular-season Pac-12 games. UCLA advanced to the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament last weekend, dropping a 78-69 decision to Oregon at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Bruins had erased double-digit second half deficits against Arizona State (March 14) and Arizona (March 15) to advance to the tournament’s title game for the first time since winning the crown in 2008.

 

HISTORY AGAINST MINNESOTA

UCLA has registered a 5-1 all-time record against Minnesota, with the five victories all coming under the guidance of legendary head coach John Wooden. The Bruins faced the Golden Gophers in five seasons during the 1960s winning two games at home, two games on the road and one game at a neutral site. Minnesota defeated the Bruins, 80-72, in the “Elite Eight” during the 1997 NCAA Tournament before being stripped of the Final Four appearance that season (NCAA violations). In 19 seasons as a college head coach, Ben Howland has never before faced Minnesota.

 

THE LATEST ABOUT UCLA

UCLA enters this season’s NCAA Tournament having won nine of its last 12 games … the Bruins completed the Pac-12 regular season with a 13-5 conference record and first-place finish … UCLA lost to Oregon, 78-69, in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game last Saturday in Las Vegas.

 

The Bruins have compiled an 11-2 record this season in games decided by five points or fewer … Shabazz Muhammad and Larry Drew II both earned first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors last week … Jordan Adams, UCLA’s second-leading scorer (15.3 ppg), broke his right foot March 15 and is out for the season.

 

Larry Drew II ranks in the top four, nationally, in both assists per game (7.4) and assist turnover ratio (3.1) … Drew II’s 253 single-season assists are third-most in Pac-12 history and first on UCLA’s single-season list.

 

Head coach Ben Howland secured career victory No. 400 in UCLA’s 80-75 win over Arizona State on March 14.

 

UCLA leads the Pac-12 in scoring (74.7), assists (16.1), turnover margin (3.1) and assist turnover ratio (1.5) … in addition, the Bruins gone 7-5 against this season’s 68-team NCAA Tournament field.

 

NOTES ON THE BRUINS

Jordan Adams scored a team-leading 24 points, including 16 points in the second half, to help UCLA complete the season sweep of Arizona with a 66-64 victory last Friday evening (Pac-12 semifinal) ... Adams suffered a broken right foot on the game’s final play (on defense) and has been sidelined for the remainder of the year.

 

UCLA went 3-0 against Arizona for the second time in school history and for the first time since 2006 ... the Bruins have won five of their last seven games against the Wildcats.

 

The Bruins overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half against Arizona State last Thursday (80-75) before  erasing Arizona’s 11-point lead with 11 minutes to play on Friday (66-64) to advance to the Pac-12 Tournament title game.

 

Jordan Adams became UCLA’s first freshman to score at least 20 points in a Pac-12 Tournament game (March 15) since the conference resumed its tournament in 2002 ... he has scored 20-plus points 11 times this year.

 

The Bruins have won at least 25 games in five of the last eight seasons ... prior to head coach Ben Howland’s arrival, UCLA had won 25 or more games in six of the previous 28 seasons (after John Wooden retired).

 

UCLA’s three freshman starters (Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad) have accounted for 54.7 percent of UCLA’s total points, 47.3 percent of the total rebounds and 43.3 percent of the total minutes.

 

Ben Howland is one of five head coaches in Pac-12 history to have won at least 100 conference games and maintained a winning percentage above .650 (also John Wooden, Lute Olson, Jim Harrick, and Mike Montgomery).

 

Larry Drew II has logged 1204 minutes (averaging 35.4 mpg), the highest total by any UCLA player since 2008, when Russell Westbrook (1318) and Josh Shipp (1269) each logged over 1200 minutes.

 

DREW TWO

Larry Drew II registered his first-ever 20-point effort in UCLA’s 80-75 win over Arizona State last Thursday (March 14), connecting on all four three-point shots. Through UCLA’s last six games, Drew II has made 9 of 15 shots from three-point range (.600) and has shot 50.0 percent from the field (25-50). In the recent six-game span, Drew II has averaged 10.2 ppg and 5.8 apg. He finished with 14 points in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game (March 16). Drew II, a former guard at North Carolina, has scored in double figures in 10 games (including six of UCLA’s last 10).

 

ALL-PAC-12 SELECTIONS

Larry Drew II and Shabazz Muhammad earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors, and Kyle Anderson secured second-team All-Pac-12 acclaim. Muhammad was named Co-Freshman of the Year along with Arizona State’s Jahii Carson. Muhammad, who ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring (17.8 ppg), has become the eighth player at UCLA to earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Year accolades. Muhammad and Anderson were named to the All-Pac-12 Freshmen Team, while Jordan Adams was chosen as an honorable mention All-Freshmen Team selection.

 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 22:17

Bruins Offer Wide Receiver

Van-Dyke Kyle 300It’s not a big secret that the Bruins want to get big, fast, physical wide receivers who can stretch the field and today, UCLA tendered an offer to one such player. The Bruins join Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, Utah, Washington State, Northwestern, Iowa State, Idaho, Hawai’i, Nevada, Harvard and more as schools that have offered.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 16:49

Pickett Fence at Corner

Pickett Adarius 300Make no question about it, cornerback Adarius Pickett (5-11, 180, 4.5) from El Cerrito, Calif., is one of the best corners in the Golden State and a player that UCLA wants very badly to sign in February of 2014. Pickett is already doing research on UCLA.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 01:18

Mixon's the One

Mixon Joe 300If anyone who has seen Joe Mixon from Oakley (Calif.) Freedom on tape and isn’t impressed, should have their eyes examined. He is truly a very gifted running back. He already has, for a West Coast prospect, an unheard 35-plus offers and it’s only March. That could be a West Coast record for early offers. Yes indeed, Mixon's the one.

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