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.

UCLA’s Rafer Johnson to Be Inducted into Pac-12 Hall of Honor

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UCLA legend Rafer Johnson will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor on Friday, Mar. 9 during a ceremony prior to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by New York Life.

The Hall of Honor induction ceremony will be streamed live starting at 4 pm PT on Friday, Mar. 9 on the Pac-12 Now app and Pac-12.com to authenticated subscribers. The inductees will also be recognized in the Pac-12 Fan Plaza prior to Friday’s semifinal session as well as on-court at halftime of the first semifinal game.

Johnson won two Olympic decathlon medals and led UCLA to its first-ever NCAA track and field championship in 1956. Johnson was a two-sport athlete, playing for two coaching legends in track and field’s Ducky Drake and basketball’s John Wooden. He was captain of the freshman track and field team in 1955 and ran varsity track from 1956-58. He also played basketball in 1958-59, when he also served as UCLA’s Student Body President during his senior year. Prior to helping the Bruins to the 1956 national crown, he won the Pacific Coast Conference title in the low hurdles while leading UCLA to the Conference title. While at UCLA, Johnson won a silver medal in the decathlon at the 1956 Olympic Games despite being handicapped by a knee injury and torn stomach muscle that kept him out of competition in the broad jump. He reached the pinnacle of his Olympic achievements in 1960 as the U.S. team captain, flag-bearer, and gold-medal winning decathlete. At the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, he was selected to light the Olympic Cauldron. Following his retirement from athletic competition, he helped found the Special Olympics Southern California in 1969.

The Hall of Honor class will be the 17th since its creation in 2002 but the first to feature legendary figures from an array of sports as the recognition pivots to be inclusive of the broad-based athletics success celebrated in the Conference of Champions. The Pac-12 leads the list for the most NCAA titles by any league with 504 across 29 different sports, including nation-leading totals for men’s (299), women’s (175) and combined (30) sports.

This year’s 12 Hall of Honor inductees combined for 40 All-America honors and 36 NCAA team or individual national championships as collegians. Eight represented the United States in the Olympics, with six capturing gold medals.

Inducted along with Johnson in 2018 are: Michael Wright (Arizona men’s basketball), Linda Vollstedt (Arizona State women’s golf), Matt Biondi (California men’s swimming), Bill Toomey (Colorado men’s track and field), Andrew Wheating (Oregon men’s track and field), Carol Menken-Schaudt (Oregon State women’s basketball), Kerri Walsh Jennings (Stanford women’s volleyball), Cheryl Miller (USC women’s basketball), Missy Marlowe (Utah gymnastics), Sonny Sixkiller (Washington football), and Laura Lavine (Washington State women’s track and field).

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 14:41

UCLA Football Hires Derek Sage & Justin Frye

LOS ANGELES --UCLA head football coach Chip Kelly announced today the hiring of tight ends coach Derek Sage and offensive line coach Justin Frye. Each comes to Westwood after being associated with some of the most productive offenses in college football in recent years.

 

This past season, Sage served as the outside receivers coach at Washington State which ranked second in the nation in passing offense (366.8 yards per game) and led the Pac-12 in passing yards per game (366.8), touchdown passes (37) and total passing yards (4,769).

 

Prior to coming to the Pac-12, Sage served three seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Toledo. The Rockets ranked seventh in the NCAA in total offense (517.8 yards/game) in 2016. In his three seasons at Toledo, the Rockets combined for a 28-10 record, went to three bowl games and Sage mentored seven all-conference receivers, including first-team selection Cody Thompson who ranked 10th nationally with an average of 107.4 receiving yards per game in 2016.

 

Sage also served stints at Wyoming (2010-13) where he tutored four all-conference performers and with Coach Kelly at the University of New Hampshire from 2005-09. UNH earned bids to the FCS playoffs in each of his five seasons with the program, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. All-American David Ball set New Hampshire receiving records for career receptions (304) and career receiving yards (4,655). He also became the NCAA career leader in TD receptions with 58, breaking Jerry Rice's previous record of 51 at Mississippi Valley State.

 

Sage arrived at New Hampshire from the University of Nevada, where he had served as a graduate assistant in 2003-04. In 2002, he served as offensive line and tight ends coach at Moorpark College. Sage played tight end for Sacramento City College for two years (1998-99) and completed his college career at CSUN, where he earned two letters at tight end in 2000 and 2001.

 

Frye served as the run game coordinator/offensive line coach at Boston College the last five seasons where he helped to guide an offensive line that produced a Heisman Trophy finalist and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s first Doak Walker Award recipient. Two of BC’s running backs ranked among the nation’s top 10 in rushing yards for a season during that stretch and the Eagles were listed among the top 25 rushing offenses in the nation in three of those seasons.

 

In 2013, Andre Williams became the 16th player in FBS history to rush for over 2,000 yards in the regular season and placed fourth in the Heisman voting after leading the nation in rushing yards (2,177). The running back led the nation in rushing yards in 2013 and finished his career with the fifth-highest total in NCAA FBS history while shattering nearly every school single-season record at Boston College. The Eagles rushing attack ranked 20th in the NCAA in yards per game average (212.5) which was a 121.5-yard increase over the previous season. Three of his linemen received all-conference recognition. In his second season at BC, he mentored an offensive line unit that paved the way for Tyler Murphy to break the ACC single-season record for rushing yardage by a quarterback (1,184 yards). The team per game average of 254.7 rushing yards ranked 14th in the nation. Four linemen merited all-conference accolades and two, Ian Silberman and Andy Gallik, were selected in the 2015 NFL draft.

 

This past season, Boston College was listed 25th in the nation in rushing offense with a 220.4-yard per game average. Running back AJ Dillon was listed seventh in the nation in rushing yards (1,589), his per game average of 122.2 yards rated 12th-best in the country and he was tied for 19th nationally in rushing touchdowns (14). BC’s offensive line unit allowed just 1.15 sacks per game to rank 13th nationally (tied) in that category.

 

Frye came to Boston College after working as offensive line coach at Temple University (2011-12). His unit blocked for the top rushing offense in the Big East as the Owls ran for 201.2 yards per game in 2012. All-Big East selection Montel Harris led the conference with a 105.4 rushing yards per game average. In 2011, the Owls set school records for most rushing yards and most rushing touchdowns in a season while ranking seventh in the nation in rushing offense (256.5 yards per game).

 

In 2009 and 2010, Frye served as a graduate assistant coach working with the offensive line at the University of Florida and helped mentor future NFL draft picks; Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert and Maurice Hurt. Maurkice Pouncey won the 2009 Rimington Trophy as nation’s most outstanding center.

 

Frye embarked on his coaching career at Indiana University, his alma mater, as a graduate assistant following a playing career as an offensive lineman for the Hoosiers from 2002-06.

UCLA Gymnastics Scores Season-High to Defeat Oregon State, 198.075-196.525

Highlights: Katelyn Ohashi Perfect 10 on Floor

Pac-12 Recap

 

Los Angeles -Showtime hit Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, as No. 3-ranked UCLA put on a clinic on balance beam and floor exercise en route to a season-high total of 198.075 in a dual meet win over No. 8 Oregon State, who scored 196.525. The Bruins tied their school record on balance beam with a 49.725 and posted the third-highest floor exercise total in school history with a 49.775.

UCLA (10-2, 4-1 in the Pac-12) flirted with perfection all meet, with four scores of 9.975 by Kyla Ross on bars, Katelyn Ohashi and Christine Peng-Peng Lee on beam and Nia Dennis on floor. The very last competitor, however, could not be denied. Ohashi tumbled, danced and moonwalked her way to a perfect score on floor exercise, her second 10 of the season. The score pushed UCLA past the 198 barrier for the first time this season.

The 198 did not come easy, however, as UCLA started the meet with a below average 49.125 on vault. Ross and Napualani Hall had the Bruins’ top marks with 9.875s, which tied them for first place, but Oregon State (4-3, 3-3) held the lead after one rotation by scoring 49.150 on uneven bars.

The Bruins rallied in rotation two, scoring 49.45 on uneven bars. Dennis led off with a 9.9, her third-straight 9.9 or higher score on that event. Competing for the first time ever on uneven bars, redshirt freshman Anna Glenn turned in a 9.875, which was matched by Lee before Ross hit the first of four UCLA 9.975s. Oregon State, meanwhile scored 49.0 on vault, falling behind the Bruins by 0.425.

Balance beam got off to a shaky start when leadoff performer Brielle Nguyen suffered a rare fall, but her teammates nullified that score with killer routines. Madison Kocian followed her with a 9.875, then it was 9.95s and 9.975s across the board the rest of the way, with Grace Glenn tying her career-high with a 9.95, Ohashi hitting a season-high 9.975, Ross scoring 9.95 and Lee going 9.975 for a 49.725. The score tied the school record that was set on Feb. 16, 2003, at Arizona State.

“It was exciting to see them rally after Brielle fell on balance beam, and it was exciting to see her rally and not give anything away once she did fall,” said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. “She kept performing, she was beautiful, she was dialed-in, and that was super important for her team to be able to follow her.”

Floor exercise was more of the same, as Kocian debuted her new floor exercise routine for a 9.9. Gracie Kramer nailed a career-high 9.95, and Ross matched her career-high with a 9.9. Dennis, who had been struggling with her Arabian double front first pass, changed it this week in training to a piked full-in, and the change paid off with a career-high 9.975. Felicia Hano followed with a 9.95, setting up Ohashi for her perfect score and for a national season-high team score of 49.775.      

“They were on a mission, and you could see it as they were preparing, not just on the floor; you could see it as they were walking, getting their mind in the game,” said Kondos Field. “That’s what we’re going to need to be able to win out the rest of the season.”

The Bruins will next travel to Nebraska to compete in the Masters Classic on Sunday, Mar. 4 against the Huskers, Iowa State, and Kent State.

Team Results

1) UCLA 198.075

2) Oregon St 196.525

 

VAULT Results

1) Napualani Hall (UCLA) 9.875, Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.875

3) Destinee Davis (Oregon St) 9.850

 

BARS Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.975

2) Nia Dennis (UCLA) 9.900

3) Anna Glenn (UCLA) 9.875, Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.875

 

BEAM Results

1) Peng-Peng Lee (UCLA) 9.975, Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 9.975

3) Grace Glenn (UCLA) 9.950, Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.950

 

FLOOR Results

1) Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 10.000

2) Nia Dennis (UCLA) 9.975

3) Felicia Hano (UCLA) 9.950, Gracie Kramer (UCLA) 9.950

 

All-Around Results

1) Kyla Ross (UCLA) 39.700

2) Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) 39.575

3) McKenna Singley (Oregon St) 39.250

Monday, 26 February 2018 15:25

Bruins Swept In the Mountains

Wilkes K CU022518UCLA (19-10, 10-7) just didn’t play well enough on this road trip losing 80-76 to Colorado (16-13, 8-9) and were swept by the two mountain schools.

It wasn’t that the Bruins played horribly, but they did the kind of things that have hurt them all season long when they lose.

UCLA battled back to make a game of it 52-52 after trailing by 10 with half a game to go. Then four next four minutes-plus, the Bruins fell apart and let the Buffs go on a 17-1 run. This was too much for the Bruins overcome.

The Bruins once again battled back to make CU fans a bit nervous but never were able to close to a four-point deficit.

The stat line was pretty even between the two teams. Except for one glaring difference. UCLA shot 41.5 from the floor while CU shot 41.4. From the three the Bruins shot 45.2 and the Buffs shot 46.7. From the foul line UCLA shot 66.7 and Colorado shot 72 percent, but here is the glaring difference. The Buffs made 18 out of 25 free throws while the Bruins were eight out of 12. The Buffs had more than double the attempts and in a four-point game that made all the difference.

The Buffs were also able to take advantage of Bruin turnovers scoring 18 points off 11 UCLA turnovers. In contrast, the Bruins scored only eight points off 10 CU turnovers.

Five Buffs scored in double-figures led by Damion Collier’s team-high 19 points. George King scored 16, Lucas Siewert had 15 points, Namon Wright added 11, and McKinley Wright scored 10.

The Bruins had three players score in double-figures, including Aaron Holiday’s game-high 21 points. Kris Wilkes chipped in 20 and Prince Ali scored 11 off the bench.

Now the Bruins will head cross town to Galen Center to play red-hot USC (21-9, 12-5) and close out the regular-season. The Trojans just swept the two mountain schools and are looking really good to make the postseason NCAA Tournament. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 PM PST and will be televised on ESPN.

Sunday, 25 February 2018 15:01

Bruins Head Boulder

Holiday A WSU010416UCLA (19-9, 10-6) will try to get that all evasive 20th win when they tipoff against Colorado (15-13, 7-9) at 1:00 PM PST in the thin air of Boulder. This will not be an easy task for the Bruins, who already lost to the Buffs in Pauley Pavilion giving CU their only road conference victory of the season.

At home, the Buffs are an entirely different basketball team. Their home record is 11-3 while on the road CU is 1-9 during conference play.

The Bruins cannot come out of the box the way they did when they played the Buffs at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins came out flat offensively and the Buffs played outstanding defense to make matters worse.

In the first game, CU held UCLA to shooting 37.1 percent from the floor, 20 percent from beyond the arc and a putrid 44.4 percent from the line. Usually when UCLA loses they don’t get the job done from the line and are sloppy with the basketball. The first time around against CU, the Bruins probably played their worst game of the year, both offensively and defensively.

The CU loss earlier in the season came at a time when it looked like the Bruins had figured things out and were playing their best basketball of the season. UCLA was coming off arguably their best game of the season defeating Utah two days earlier. After being drubbed by CU in January, the Bruins then went on the road and were swept by the two Oregon schools.

The Bruins can’t let senior guard George King have the kind of game he had in Pauley Pavilion when they had no clue how to stop him. King had a game-high 26 points, was blistering hot from beyond the three-point arc hitting 6-10 from the three and had a game-high 10 boards to earn a double-double.

After getting beat by USC on Wednesday, the Buffs are on a three-game losing streak making them even more dangerous.

Against Utah on Thursday, UCLA had three players score in double-figures, led by Aaron Holiday’s game-high 23 points. Thomas Welsh scored 15 points and GG Golomon chipped in 10. The Bruins have come up with their A-game or will have to beat red-hot USC, who swept the mountain schools on the road, at the Galen Center next Saturday to claim their 20th victory.

The CU game is huge.

The game will be televised on ESPNU at 1:00 PM PST with Roxy Bernstein handling the play-by-play and Corey Williams analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game locally on the Bruin flagship station AM 57 with Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray behind the mics.

Friday, 23 February 2018 15:24

UCLA Loses To Utah

Holiday A UU022218Utah (18-9, 10-6) extended their winning streak to five games by beating UCLA (19-9, 10-6) in a hard-fought, 84-78 victory. The Utes were able to hold on denying a heroic Bruin comeback in the second-half.

While trading by 14 points the Bruins were able to make things as close as one point, but a huge three by Utah guard Parker Van Dyke pushed the Utes up by four and the Bruins couldn’t quite climb the mountain.

When the Bruins lose close ones it is always the same things that add to their demise. Not hitting free throws, key turnovers and lapses on defense are usually culprits in a Bruin defeat.

UCLA had a long lapse in the first-half and the beginning of the second-half that led to that 14-point deficit that led ultimately to the Bruin defeat.

“We just didn’t defend in the first half, like we’ve got to defend,” Steve Alford said. “I thought that we were better defensively in the second half. Offensively, I liked how we attacked their zone. I thought that we got some good looks and did a good job in a lot of different areas. We just had a stretch there in the first half where we were not very good, defensively.

“Not very good during that stretch. That’s a stretch in the game where I didn’t like anything about our defense. We have to got to figure out why, and we’ve talked about it. We have talked about it, very consistently throughout the year, that 30 to 32 minutes, we have the ability to defend at a high level. But it’s those eight minutes that always get us. It got us again. It got us at Arizona State, and then it got us again today.”

The Utes had excellent ball movement and offensive flow. Utah had four players that scored in double-figures. Led by David Collette, who was a perfect 9-9 from the floor and scored a team-high 21 points. Van Dyke scored 18 points, Justin Bibbins notched a double-double scoring 17 points and adding 10 assists. Tyler Rawson contributed 12 points.

UCLA had three players score in double-figures, led by Aaron Holiday’s game-high 23 points. Thomas Welsh scored 15 points and GG Golomon chipped in 10.

The Bruins have two games left on their slate for this season. Next up will be Colorado in Boulder. Tipoff is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1:00 PM PST. The game will be televised on ESPNU.