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, 30 May 2013 16:13

Bruins Offer Heartland Standout

Foster DJ 350The Bruins went into the heartland of Nebraska to tender an offer to offensive lineman/defensive lineman, D.J. Foster (6-3, 310, 5.4) from Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast. UCLA joins, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest as schools that have offered scholies.

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UCLA Athletics 2013 Hall of Fame Class Announced

Eight-member class will be inducted on Oct. 11.

 

Eight standouts will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced today.

 

The members of the Class of 2013 are: Mohini Bhardwaj (gymnastics), Carlos Bocanegra (men's soccer), Fred Bohna(wrestling), Eric Byrnes (baseball), Yvonne Gutierrez (softball), Don Johnson (men's basketball), Maylana MartinDouglas (women's basketball) and Nandi Pryce (women's soccer).

 

Invitation-only ceremonies will be held on Friday, Oct. 11 at Covel Commons, and UCLA Athletics will also recognize the entire class at halftime of the football game vs. California on Saturday, Oct. 12.

 

Following are biographies on the 2013 UCLA Hall of Fame inductees:

 

Mohini Bhardwaj (Gymnastics, 1998-2001)

Mohini Bhardwaj finished her career at UCLA as a two-time NCAA team champion, two-time NCAA individual champion, 11-time All-American and the 2001 Honda Award winner for gymnastics. Bhardwaj set numerous scoring records at UCLA, including scoring the second-highest all-around total in NCAA history, 39.975, in 2001. She led UCLA to NCAA team titles in 2000 and 2001 and won the uneven bars in 2000 and floor exercise in 2001. Along with winning the Honda Award in 2001, she was also the Pac-10 and West Region Gymnast of the Year and the AAI Award-winner as the nation's top senior gymnast. Bhardwaj continued her gymnastics career after graduation, winning the 2001 U.S. National Championship on vault and helping the U.S. win a bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships. In 2004, she resurrected her career and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, where she served as team captain and led the U.S. to a silver medal. She also qualified for event finals on floor exercise, where she placed sixth.

 

Carlos Bocanegra (Men's Soccer, 1997-2000)

An impact player from day one, Carlos Bocanegra helped lead UCLA to the 1997 NCAA Championship and 1999 College Cup. He earned All-MPSF first-team honors three straight years, was selected one of 11 Soccer America Collegiate MVPs in 1998, and was an All-American and Player of the Year candidate in 1999. Bocanegra turned pro after his junior year and was selected the No. 4 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. He was the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2000 and a two-time MLS Defender of the Year. He moved on to a successful career overseas, playing for Fulham in the English Premier League from 2003-08, Rennes and Saint-Etienne in the French Ligue 1 and Rangers FC in the Scottish Premier League. He currently plays for Racing de Santander in Spain. A fixture on the U.S. National Team and the U.S. team captain since 2007, Bocanegra was a key member of two World Cup teams, starting two games in the 2006 and playing every minute for the U.S. in the 2010 World Cup. He earned his 100th international cap in 2011.

 

Fred Bohna (Wrestling, 1976-79)

Fred Bohna is UCLA's only national collegiate wrestling champion. He went undefeated his senior year, was selected the Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year and won the Pac-10 and 1979 NCAA Wrestling Championship in the heavyweight division. As a freshman, Bohna was 20-9-1 at 190 lbs, and as a sophomore, he placed second in the conference. During Bohna’s senior year, heavyweight became an "unlimited" class. Despite being outweighed by 90 pounds, the 228-pound Bohna defeated his 318-pound opponent David Klemm to win the NCAA title. Bohna continued to compete internationally following his UCLA career, winning a gold medal in the 1979 Pan American Games. He retired after the 1984 Olympic Games. Bohna passed away on July 9, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.

 

Eric Byrnes (Baseball, 1995-98)

UCLA's all-time leader in hits (326), at-bats (984), runs scored (235) and doubles (75), Eric Byrnes is considered to be one of the finest players to put on a UCLA uniform. His career totals include a .331 batting average, 48 home runs, 81 stolen bases, a .956 fielding rating and a .410 on-base percentage. He was a first-team Freshman All-American in 1995 and a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree. A double major in History and Economics, Byrnes was equally successful in the classroom, earning the UCLA Baseball Academic Award for three consecutive years. Byrnes made his Major League debut in 2000 for the Oakland A's, where he played from 2000-05. He had his best professional season in 2007, hitting 21 home runs while stealing 50 bases to help lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to the National League Championship Series. Byrnes has also made a name for himself in television, working as an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight show. He was in the ESPN booth for the 2010 College World Series and is now a contributor to the MLB Network and to the KNBR radio station in Northern California.

 

Yvonne Gutierrez (Softball, 1989-92)

Outfielder Yvonne Gutierrez was a part of three NCAA Championship squads (1989, 1990, 1992) and earned first-team All-America honors in each of her final three seasons. Gutierrez appeared in 240 games in her career, posting a .370 average with 19 homers, 149 runs batted in and 128 runs scored. She is ranked in the UCLA Top 10 in six statistical categories - tied for third with 17 triples, tied for sixth in games played, ninth in hits (261), and tied for 10th in batting average, on-base percentage (.436) and stolen bases (29). Gutierrez led the Bruins in batting average in each of her last three seasons, including winning the team triple crown as a senior in 1992, posting a .406 average, 11 homers and 58 RBI. The 11 homers also led the nation. She was named to the Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team in each of her final three years and was a four-time All-Pac-10 honoree. Gutierrez joined the LA City Fire Department, where she now serves as an engineer.

 

Don Johnson (Men's Basketball, 1951-52)

Playing under Coach John Wooden, Don Johnson was a consensus All-American and an all-conference honoree as a senior in 1952. During his career, Johnson averaged 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds and helped lead the Bruins to the 1951 PCC Southern Division Title and the 1952 PCC Championships. He led the Bruins in rebounding both seasons, and in 1952 was selected the winner of the Caddy Works Award for competitive spirit, inspiration, and unselfish contribution. After graduating from UCLA, Johnson went into coaching and was the long-time successful

head coach of Cypress College. At Cypress, Johnson guided the team to two state titles (’77,’80) and seven conference titles. He also coached and is credited with developing big men Swen Nater and Mark Eaton, who both went on to successful NBA careers. Johnson is the all-time winningest coach in California Community College men’s basketball history, with a record of 588-259. For his efforts, Cypress College dedicated its court in 2008 "Don Johnson Court". He is an inductee in the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Maylana Martin Douglas (Women's Basketball, 1997-2000)

Maylana Martin helped lead UCLA to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an all-time best finish at the Elite Eight in 1999. Martin earned first-team Kodak All-America honors and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1999. She led the Pac-10 in scoring as a junior (18.2 average) and in rebounding as a senior (8.7 average). She was named the 1997 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and went on to become just the fourth player to be selected All-Pac-10 for four-straight seasons. Martin ranks second on the UCLA women's basketball all-time scoring list and fourth overall for Bruin men and women with 2,101 career points. She still ranks fourth on the all-time school list

for career rebounds (935), blocks (96) and field goal percentage (.545). She is one of only two Bruin women to record over 2,000 points for her career, and she ended her career ranked sixth on the all-time Pac-10 Conference scoring list and eighth on the rebounding list. In 2000, she was picked 10th in the first round of the WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She played in the WNBA for two years before retiring due to a severe back injury. Martin also served as a UCLA assistant coach under Kathy Olivier for four seasons and was an assistant coach at

Pepperdine University for two seasons.

 

Nandi Pryce (Women’s Soccer, 2000-03)

One of the most successful players in UCLA women's soccer history, Nandi Pryce was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American and two-time semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate soccer. Pryce was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year. UCLA played in the NCAA Tournament all four years of Pryce's career, reaching the NCAA College Cup in 2000 and 2003. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Final during her freshman season in 2000. During her four years playing defense, UCLA teams compiled 56 shutouts, an average of 14 per season. Pryce was a fixture on several U.S. National Teams before and during her UCLA career. She was a member of the Under-21 U.S. team in 2003, starting every match as the team captured the Nordic Cup. She also helped the U-21s to Nordic Cup titles in 2000 and as captain in 2002. An alternate on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, Pryce earned her first National Team cap in 2000.

For a complete list of members of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, click here: http://www.uclabruins.com/ot/hof-inductees.html

Bruins Secure Pac-12 Pitcher and Defensive Player of the Year Honors 
Berg named Pitcher of the Year while Valaika earns Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Sophomore reliever David Berg and junior shortstop Pat Valaika picked up Pac-12 honors today, with Berg being named the conference Pitcher of the Year and Valaika securing Defensive Player of the Year honors. In addition, Berg and Valaika were named to the All-Conference team along with junior pitchers Adam Plutko and Nick Vander Tuig.

Berg is the third UCLA pitcher all-time to win the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year award (Trevor Bauer, 2011; Pete Janicki, 1992), and the second UCLA pitcher to earn the honor in the last three years. The Covina, Calif. native has posted a record of 6-0 with 18 saves in 2013, while leading the nation in ERA with a 0.70 mark. Berg's 18 saves are also a new UCLA single-season record and rank third in all of Division I baseball. In addition, he is second in the country in WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) with a mark of 0.78.

This is the second time in his career that Berg has been named to the All-Pac-12 team, making him just the 25th UCLA player all-time to receive all-conference acclaim at least twice. Berg has allowed the lowest opposing batting average (.190) and fewest runs (5), walks (7) and hits (43) in the Pac-12, all while appearing in the most games in the conference (41) as well. At one point this season, he did not allow a run in 37 consecutive innings, which was the longest consecutive scoreless innings streak in the nation this season. Finally, Berg is also a semifinalist for the NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award and earlier this season was selected to the National Pitcher of the Year watch list.

Valaika becomes the first UCLA player to win Defensive Player of the Year honors from the conference. The Valencia, Calif. native has started every single game at shortstop for the Bruins this year, committing only five errors in 174 chances all season. His five errors are also tied for the fewest by any shortstop in the Pac-12. At the plate, Valaika is third on the team with a .262 average while leading UCLA in doubles (13), triples (3), home runs (5), RBI (39), slugging percentage (.421) and multi-hit games (17). He is also one of 14 candidates up for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award. This is the first time that Valaika has been named to the All-Pac-12 team in his career .

Plutko received All-Conference honors for the third year in a row, joining Garrett Atkins (1998-2000), Bauer (2009-11) and Dennis Delany (1976-78) as the only UCLA players to earn All-Conference acclaim three times. Plutko owns a record of 7-3 this season, logging a 2.60 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 97 innings pitched. Serving as UCLA's Friday starter all season, the junior-right-hander has allowed just a .207 batting average against him, the fourth-lowest opposing average in the Pac-12. In his three-year career, Plutko is tied for third on UCLA's all-time career wins list with 26 victories and is currently tied with Josh Karp for eighth on the Bruins' all-time strikeout list, logging 262 strikeouts.

Vander Tuig received All-Pac-12 honors for the first time in his career after posting a 10-4 record with a 2.30 ERA during the regular season. The right-hander from Oakdale, Calif. has been outstanding all year, leading the Bruins in strikeouts (74) and allowing just 14 walks all season. His 10 wins are also tied for fourth-most in the conference. In Pac-12 play, Vander Tuig went 7-2 in 10 conference starts, logging a 2.35 ERA and two complete games. Additionally, he has thrown at least six innings in 13 of his 15 starts thus far.

In addition to UCLA's four All-Conference selections, junior outfielder Brian Carroll and sophomore infielder Kevin Kramer were named to the honorable mention team. Carroll finished the regular season with 29 stolen bases in 36 attempts, good for second-most in the conference. His 29 stolen bases are also the most by a UCLA player since Eric Byrnes had 30 in 1998. Carroll leads the Bruins in runs scored with 40 and is second on the team with a .375 on-base percentage. Kramer leads UCLA in multiple hitting categories, including on-base percentage (.407), batting average (.290), hits (61) and hit by pitches (14).

Oregon State took home the conference's other three major honors, with Michael Conforto winning Pac-12 Player of the Year, Andrew Moore Freshman of the Year and Pat Casey Coach of the Year.

UCLA (39-17) opens up postseason play on Friday evening against San Diego State (31-29) in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:18

Pac 12 Announces Early TV Schedule

All - Pac-12 Conf. announced early television selection for football on Wednesday and Pac-12 Football Media Day is July 26 in Los Angeles

Three Bruin Football Games Selected for Television

 

UCLA's 2013 season-opening football game against Nevada is one of three contests chosen on Wednesday for television broadcast in the Pac-12 Conference's early selection period.

The Pac-12 Networks will broadcast the Aug. 31 game versus Nevada beginning at 7 p.m (PT). The Bruins will host Washington on Friday night, Nov. 15 in the Rose Bowl at 6 p.m. (PT) in a game televised by ESPN2.

 

In addition, UCLA’s conference game at Utah on Thursday, Oct. 3 will be aired by FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. (PT). For details on this new national network, please click on the following link: http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsports1?nicmp=FS1&nichn=FSROS&niseg=BAN41550#faq

 

All other UCLA football games in the 2013 season will be eligible for a selection process for television broadcast. The remaining television game selections and start times, beginning with week four (Saturday, September 21) and running through the final week of the regular season (Saturday, November 30) will be made by the networks 12- or six-days in advance.

 

To see if your television provider is currently signed up as a partner who carries the Pac-12 Networks, please click http://pac-12.com/AboutPac-12Enterprises/ChannelFinder.aspx to be directed to the channel locator. For additional questions regarding the Pac-12 Networks, visit Pac-12.com.

2013 UCLA Football Schedule
Aug. 31 – Nevada – 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Sept. 14 – Nebraska – tba (note-Big 10 tv selections not yet announced)
Sept. 21 – New Mexico State – tba
Oct. 3 – at Utah – 7 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)
Oct. 12 – California – tba
Oct. 19 – at Stanford – tba
Oct. 26 – at Oregon – tba
Nov. 2 – Colorado – tba
Nov. 9 – at Arizona – tba
Nov. 15 – Washington – 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Nov. 23 – Arizona State – tba
Nov. 30 – at USC – tba
Dec. 7 – Pac-12 Championship Game – 4:45/5 p.m. (ABC or ESPN)

For ticket information, call 310 UCLA-WIN (310-825-2946) or go to the link at http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/season-tickets.html

 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 16:46

Knox Closing In On Official Vist to UCLA

Knox D 350The Bruins hope mine the talent rich fields of Texas and haul in the services of stellar offensive lineman, Demetrius Knox (6-4, 285) from Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal.

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:06

BruinBru Radio with Special Guests!

BruinBru Radio had another outstanding show last night with Special Guests, incoming freshmen offensive linemen, Kenny Lacy and Alex Redmond. If you have been following the shows, this incoming class is impressive indeed. Lacy and Redmond continue that trend of impressive incoming student-athletes that Jim Mora and staff recruited. The producers of BruinBru Radio hope you enjoy this blogcast as much as we did! Enjoy!