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 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.

Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:45

UCLA Hires Paul Rhoads as Defensive Backs Coach

UCLA Hires Paul Rhoads as Defensive Backs Coach

LOS ANGELES- UCLA Head Football Coach Chip Kelly announced today the hiring of Paul Rhoads as the team's defensive backs coach.

A veteran of 10 bowl games, Rhoads has mentored six defensive backs who have been selected in the NFL Draft, highlighted by seven-time Pro Bowl selection and 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year Darrelle Revis.

Rhoads most recently served as the interim head coach at Arkansas following the November dismissal of Bret Bielema. Rhoads was in his first season as the Razorbacks' defensive coordinator after leading their defensive backs unit the year prior.

Prior to joining Bielema's staff on February 24, 2016, Rhoads spent 16 years as either a head coach or defensive coordinator at Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Auburn, including the previous seven seasons (2009-15) as Iowa State's head coach.

In 2016, Arkansas' secondary forced 10 interceptions, returning four of those for touchdowns. The four interceptions returned for scores were the program's most in one season since at least 1985, tying for fourth-most in the nation and second-most in the SEC. Three different Arkansas defensive backs recorded two interceptions apiece, including sophomore cornerback Ryan Pulley, who added 13 pass breakups to rank second in the SEC and tie for 12th nationally. In addition, senior cornerback Jared Collins tied for third in the SEC and 18th nationally with 12 pass breakups. Arkansas was one of just two schools in the conference with two players to rank in the top five of that category.

A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Rhoads guided the Cyclones to three bowl game appearances. He recorded four wins over ranked opponents, including three on the road – half of the school's all-time road victories over ranked teams.

Taking over a program that had gone a combined 8-27 the previous three seasons, Rhoads' success in his first season at Iowa State was underscored by his place as the first Cyclone football coach to win seven games in his initial campaign since 1907 and the first ISU coach since 1931 to post a winning record in his initial season. His first season as head coach was highlighted by the program's first win at Nebraska in 32 years and a victory over Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.

In addition, the Cyclones registered six Big 12 road victories under Rhoads. Prior to his arrival, the Cyclones had won just nine conference road games in the previous 17 seasons. Under Rhoads' direction, four linebackers garnered All-Big 12 first team honors, while two also received All-America accolades.

Rhoads spent the 2008 season as the defensive coordinator at Auburn under former head coach Tommy Tuberville, where his defense ranked 18th nationally in scoring, allowing 18.0 points per game and 178.8 yards passing to rank 22nd nationally.

From 2000-07, Rhoads served as defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh. Five of his defenses ranked in the nation's top 30 for scoring and three in the NCAA's top 12 for fewest yards allowed. Additionally, 14 of his Panther defenders earned All-Big East first team acclaim.

In 2006, The Sporting News named him the Big East's best defensive coordinator. His 2004 defense ranked ninth nationally with 17 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns, helping propel the Panthers to a Big East Conference championship and an appearance in the 2005 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Under Rhoads' guidance at Pittsburgh, Revis was a two-time All-American, two-time All-Big East selection and a 2006 Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist. Bernard "Josh" Lay (2006, New Orleans Saints), Shawntae Spencer (2004, San Francisco 49ers), Torrie Cox (2003, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Ramon Walker (2002, Houston Texans) joined Revis as Panthers chosen in the NFL Draft during Rhoads' tenure.

During Rhoads' first stint at Iowa State (1995-1999), he served as the secondary coach his last four years after coaching the inside linebackers in 1995. He also assisted with the Cyclones' special teams.

Prior to Iowa State, Rhoads spent three years at Pacific (1992-94). In his first three seasons, he served as the defensive backs coach. The Tigers' defense ranked 20th nationally, allowing just 152 yards passing per game in 1993. In his final season, Rhoads coordinated the Tigers' pass defense.

Rhoads began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State (1991) and Utah State (1989-90), working with the secondary at both schools.

A three-year letter winner as a defensive back at Missouri Western, the 50-year-old Rhoads earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1989. He and his wife Vickie have two sons, Jake and Wyatt.

Sunday, 10 December 2017 16:23

Bruins Lose Tough One On the Road

Holiday A Cal 022516A never say die Michigan (8-3) team had to overcome a second-half 15 point deficit to upend No. 23 ranked UCLA (7-2) in overtime, 78-69. In victory, the Wolverines remain unbeaten at the Crisler Center and stand a perfect 6-0.

“Proud of the guys’ effort as this is the first true road game,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I thought we really did give great effort.

“In terms of our thought process, we just didn’t really think the way we’ve been thinking especially in the last six or seven minutes of the game.

“Give Michigan credit they made a huge run when they were down 15. A lot of that credit goes to how hard and smart their guys play.”

Though the Bruins gave a ton of effort, at times UCLA was very sloppy with the basketball. It showed up on the stat sheet, too, with a season-high 20 turnovers. The Wolverines outscored UCLA by 10 in points off of turnovers,  24-14 and that margin was the difference between winning and losing.

“We turned the ball over 20 times,” Alford said. “I thought that was the difference in the game. They turned it over 11 times, we turned it over 20. You can’t do that on the road.

“We got to the free-throw line, we out rebounded them, shooting percentages were about the same. We got beat form the 3-point line but we kind of figured that would happen especially in their building. I thought we defended the 3-point line pretty well.

“There were a lot of positives but we just did not make a lot of smart plays. We have five new guys playing their first true road game and I think that’s going to happen as long as we can learn from that.”

If the Bruins can learn from their mistakes this could end up being a pretty good basketball team and fun to watch.

Aaron Holiday led all scorers with his career high, 27 points. He also added a game-high seven assists. Thomas Welsh tied his career best, 22 points and had a game-high 10 boards.

UCLA will have a week to learn the tough lessons of this loss before returning to Pauley Pavilion to play No. 17 Cincinnati (7-2) next Saturday, Dec. 16. The contest against the Bearcats will once again be nationally televised by CBS. Game time is 12:30 PM PST.

Saturday, 09 December 2017 15:15

Bruins On the Road To Play Michgan

Ali UCIUCLA (7-1) finally will get back on the court after a cancellation of a mid-week game with Montana due to the firestorms in the Southern California area. The No. 23 rated Bruins will take their act back on the road and are headed to Ann Arbor, where Michigan (7-3), awaits.

The Bruins are coming off perhaps their best game of the season when they annihilated Detroit Mercy, 106-73. UCLA hit 52 percent from the floor, 44 percent on their three-point shots and 79 percent from the foul line.

UCLA was getting good shots because they were sharing the basketball which led to the Bruins dishing out 20 assists against, only eight turnovers. Gyorgy Golomon led the Bruins with five assists, with Prince Ali and Jaylen Hands tied with four each. Ali scored 20 points to with his four assists and Hands had a career-high 23 points off the bench for the Bruins, playing perhaps his best game of his young career.

Five Bruins will enter the game averaging in double figures with junior Aaron Holiday leading the way averaging 16.6 points per game. He also leads in assists, averaging 5.5 per game.

Senior Thomas Welsh is UCLA’s leading rebounder averting 10.9 boards a game. He also chips in 12.5 points per game and averages 1.4 blocks a game. Welsh has five double-double game this season.

True freshman Kris Wilkes averages 13.1 ppg, true freshman Jaylen Hands averages 12.9 ppg and sophomore guard Prince Ali averages 11.6 ppg to round the five UCLA players who average in double figures.

This will not be the first rodeo for these two teams. The Bruins and the Wolverines have played each other 17 times with the Bruins winning 12 of the contests, including last season when the Bruins beat the Michigan, 102-84 on December 10, 2016, in Pauley Pavilion.

Michigan is coached by one of the best in college basketball in John Beiline. He is now in his 11th year at the helm and he has guided the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament seven out of the last 10 seasons.

The game will be played in Crisler Center, a venue that holds 12,707 fans. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:08 AM PST the contest will be televised nationally on CBS with Carter Blackburn doing the play-by-play, Bill Raftery analyzing the action, and John Schriffen working the sideline.

If you have to be out and about UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game on AM 1150 Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray performing their usual duties.