Is UCLA about to enter the most successful season of the Jim Mora era?
Online sportsbook Bovada.lv released over/under win lines for every college football team in the country today, and the Bruins were set at 9.5 regular-season wins. That ties them with national runner-up Oregon for the highest line in the Pac-12, and puts them above the rest of the field in the Pac-12 South.
All that, despite the fact that UCLA will very likely start true freshman Josh Rosen at quarterback. Working in the Bruins’ favor is that they return the rest of their offensive starters, as well as several NFL prospects on defense. They also don’t have the Ducks on their schedule, barring a potential matchup in the conference title game.
Mora has led UCLA to nine regular-season wins in each of his first three seasons, tacking on an extra victory in Alamo Bowl and Sun Bowl to cap the last two campaigns.
The Bruins haven’t won 10 regular-season games since 1998, when losses against Miami and Wisconsin spoiled a perfect start.
Sean “Diddy” Combs will not face felony charges after his alleged kettlebell fight at UCLA last Monday.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to pursue the case today, instead referring to the Los Angeles city district attorney. The latter will decide whether or not to file misdemeanor charges against the 45-year-old hip hop mogul.
The Corona Centennial junior-to-be turned 15 in December. He could easily be a 2018 prospect based on his age alone. Hill is touted as a defensive center, but his offensive game is developing as rapidly as his 6-foot-8 body, according to his high school coach, who noted that Hill’s father is 6-9 and his mother is “at least 6-3.”
“Most kids who are this tall this young can’t chew gum and walk, but Jalen is one of the fastest, most agile players on our team,” Centennial basketball coach Josh Giles said. “A year ago, sure, he was more of a defensive guy, but he’s increased his range and he is a much better outside shooter. He’s got much more to his game than just defense.”
Giles thought enough of Hill’s perimeter skills to call the Scout.com five-star prospect a stretch-4. Hill’s offensive development was on display earlier this month when he set a record for the 16U USA Basketball team on its way to a gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship. He connected on 88 percent (15 of 17) of his field goal attempts in the tournament’s five games, breaking Jahlil Okafor’s 2011 mark of 71 percent shooting.
It has been an unexpectedly eventful summer for Hill, who wasn’t anticipated to issue a commitment this early. His decision boiled down to UCLA and Arizona, according to Giles. Continue reading →
Former UCLA quarterback Asiantii Woulard has decided to transfer to South Florida — the school he first committed to as a four-star recruit.
Once named the Elite 11 Camp MVP, Woulard never appeared in a game as a Bruin. After a promising fall camp in 2013, he fell to third-string on the depth chart behind Brett Hundley. He has yet to appear in a college game.
Woulard first committed to USF in February 2012, then decommitted two months later. He changed his mind again in June — then parted ways with the Bulls in December before signing with UCLA.