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.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 15:02

Thinking UCLA Football

Jim MoraWhat a whirlwind of a season for the UCLA football team, undefeated at home and winless on the road. Bruin fans watched the Jim Mora era sink into the sunset, an era that once held such promise. What went wrong?

One could say that injuries played a large part of Mora and his program’s downfall. The mantra of next man up didn’t quite work when called upon, especially the injury to Josh Rosen in 2016. Once the Bruin quarterback went down, UCLA only won one more game all season.

The season of 2015 was very disappointing for the Bruins starting the season off with four straight wins and was ranked as high No. 7 in the nation. The Bruins finished the season 4-5, losing three out of the last four.  UCLA’s defense was getting what become all too familiar with Bruin fans, easy to run on and not being able to stop the run was the catalyst for the Bruin late-season losses. The feeling within the program was we have to become a more physical football team.

Mora wanted to change the direction of the program. The move was going towards a more physical brand of football on both sides of the ball.

Out went the high-flying Noel Mazzone offense and in came a more, hopefully, physical run-oriented system. Before the new offense in 2016 could really take flight, Rosen was hurt and missed the rest of the season.

Out went the entire offensive staff, except tight end coach, Rip Scherer. The offense was a pleasant surprise in 2017, but the defense reverted back to be porous against the run and the rumblings of the powerful within the alums became intense. The writing was on the wall.

After the loss to USC, it all came to a head and Mora was released. His overall record at UCLA was 46-30 while he was 28-26 in Pac-12 play, but more importantly, Mora was 29-11 during his first three years on the job and 17-19 his last three. Going into the 2017 season Mora was on the hot seat and he needed his team to perform better than 500. The writing was on the wall.

Still, Mora made positive contributions to the Bruin football program. During Mora’s first three seasons on the job, he was able to bring energy to the program that would motivate boosters to make significant upgrades to UCLA’s facilities. Without that excitement about the football program maybe everything would have stayed status quo, but the reality is UCLA has facilities second to none.

With the hiring of Chip Kelly will the program finally get the consistency it needs on both sides of the ball?

Being solid on one side and an Achilles Heel on the other has been a plague on this program way too often over the years. If Kelly can achieve the same kind of success at UCLA that he was able to obtain at Oregon then finally Bruin fans will get a taste of excellence in its football program so long desired and hoped for.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 19:41

UCLA Vs. Montana Basketball Game Canceled

UCLA MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME VERSUS MONTANA HAS BEEN CANCELED

 

LOS ANGELESThe health and safety of student-athletes, staff, and fans is our top priority. Due to concerns stemming from area wildfires, tonight's men's basketball game vs. Montana has been canceled. All other team workouts and practices scheduled for today also have been canceled. 

 

Single-game ticket purchases for tonight's men's basketball game will be automatically refunded. UCLA men’s basketball season ticket holders will automatically receive a credit for the cost of tonight’s game to their UCLA ticket account.

 

Ticket purchasers with questions may contact the Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2946 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 15:04

Steve Alford Weekly Presser

UCLA head basketball coach, Steve Alford, met with the Bruin beat media to discuss the coming Montana game, but most of the questions were about the departure of true freshman guard, Liangelo Ball. Enjoy!


Monday, 04 December 2017 14:45

Bruins Show No Mercy In Victory

Hands J MercyUCLA (7-1) showed no mercy to Detroit Mercy (4-4) trouncing the Titans, 106-73. The probably played their best game of the season hitting 52 percent from the floor, 44 percent on their three-point shots and 79 percent from the foul line. It’s tough to beat anyone when you are shooting the rock like that.

“I thought it was maybe our most complete game,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I was really pleased with the 40-minute effort.

“I was really concerned with their 3-point shooting and how much they score the basketball but the way we put two halves defensively like we did was very good for us.

“We were really efficient offensively. Really pleased with that and everybody that played, played well. Those are always fun nights.

“This was a game three of growth week and we have one more game before we have to go on the road, so the next one becomes crucial.”

The Bruins shared the basketball and accounted for 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.

“I thought he [Hands] was very active and has grown defensively,” Alford said. “That is something that is going to be crucial to our success moving forward. He really gave us a spark when he came into the game. He’s healthy and he’s getting back to 100 percent now and has been practicing very well. I am very pleased with the way he played tonight.

“Right now we are playing really well so his minutes, regardless of whether he is in the starting lineup or not, was at 24 minutes tonight in a lopsided game. If it’s not a lopsided game then its more like 30 minutes. It’s a matter of getting Jaylen’s, Prince’s [Ali] minutes where they need to be with Kris Wilkes and Aaron [Holiday]. We have to find a way to get Aaron some breaks. We’ve talked about it that the last thing I want to do is play Aaron 36-37 minutes.

“In a game like this where he got 28 minutes, we need more games like that where his minutes are down. He will be logging a lot of minutes like Tom [Welsh].

“I thought Ike [Okwarabizie] came in and did some really good thing in both halves. We are starting to trust him and get in there two or three minutes a half to give Tom a blow if for some reason we have to give G.G. [Goloman] and Alex [Olesinski] some more rest. It’s a feeling out process. It’s not so much about who is starting as I am concerned about minutes.”

The Bruins will close this four-game homestand against Montana, Wednesday, Dec. 6. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM PST. The contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

Sunday, 03 December 2017 15:14

UCLA Ready For Detroit Mercy

Holiday A UMThe Bruins (6-1) will welcome Detroit Mercy (4-3) into the hallowed ground which is Pauley Pavilion on Sunday for the second meeting between the two programs.

The first meeting between UCLA and Detroit Mercy isn’t a fond one for Bruin fans. In that first encounter, the Titans stunned the college basketball world by upsetting the highly favored Bruins in the first-round in the NCAA Tournament 56-53. That was March 11, 1999, and the 12th seeded Titans were led by in scoring by now an assistant coach for Detroit Mercy, Jermaine Jackson, who dropped 17 points on the Bruins. It has been a long time since that game in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

Last time out for the Bruins, they were able to overcome a cold shooting night to beat Cal State Bakersfield (4-4), 75-66. The Bruins had four players reach double-figures on the night led by Aaron Holiday’s 16 points. Holiday also had a game-high six assists and also added seven rebounds to help the Bruins win. The junior guard leads UCLA is scoring averaging 16.9 points per game and in assists averaging 5.9 assists a game. Holiday’s total of 41 assists leads the Pac-12.

Thomas Welsh tied down his fifth double-double of the young season scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 boards. Kris Wilkes came to life in the second-half scoring nine of 11 points in the second stanza. Gyorgy Golomon scored 10 points, many came as the finish of a fast-break.

True freshman guard Jaylen Hands returned to action after sitting out a game. Though he was 0-5 from the field, he was the saving grace from the line hitting 7-8 from the charity stripe while adding four assists.

The Bruins have been playing some stingy defense culminating in an outstanding effort against CSU Bakersfield. UCLA limited the Roadrunners to 29.9 percent shooting from the floor. That kind of defense will heal a lot of offensive ills.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6:05 PM PST and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein handling play-by-play and Bruin all-time great Bill Walton analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG broadcast the game over AM 1150 on your radio dial, with Josh Lewin and another Bruin great Tracy Murray performing their usual roles.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:14

Bruins Take Care Of Business

Holiday A CSUBUCLA (6-1) was able to overcome a cold shooting night to beat Cal State Bakersfield (4-4), 75-66. The Bruins had four players reach double-figures on the night led by Aaron Holiday’s 16 points. Holiday also had a game-high six assists and also added seven rebounds to help the Bruins win.

Thomas Welsh tied down his fifth double-double of the young season scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 boards. Kris Wilkes came to life in the second-half scoring nine of 11 points in the second stanza. Gyorgy Golomon scored 10 points, many came as the finish of a fast-break.

“It was pretty ugly offensively for us tonight,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “We were 2-for-17 from three tonight and the only ones we hit were from our two bigs, so that’s unusual for us. I told the team that we showed growth defensively.

“Coming back from Kansas City that was probably our glaring weakness and that shouldn’t be because we should not be bad defensively. We guarded UC Irvine well and I thought we guarded well again tonight.

“We held them to 29 percent shooting so we did a lot of good things tonight on a day which is by far, in seven games, the worst we’ve played offensively. I have to give Bakersfield credit. They are extremely well coached. I have so much respect for coach [Rod] Barnes and he does just a terrific job.

“It was good to play them because it was the first team where we had to play against pressure. Whether it be pressing or what we call man-oriented defense which is just all up in you.

“We didn’t see that from Creighton, Georgia Tech or Wisconsin. No one else we have played was able to pressure on us like them. We got a lot from this offensively that we will learn from them. But I’m very pleased with the way we play defensively because we won the game because of that and that’s the brightest part.”

It was good to see Jaylen Hands back in action. Though he was 0-5 from the field, he was the saucing grace from the line hitting 7-8 from the charity stripe and added four assists.

The main difference in this game was the Bruins outscored the Roadrunners 44-16 in the paint and 14-2 on the fast-break.

UCLA will remain at home and will host Detroit Mercy Sunday Tipoff is at 6:00 PM PST. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Network. If you want to make a day of it on the Westwood campus, UCLA women's basketball team will host UC Santa Barbara at 1:30 PM PST.