UCLA announces kickoff time for game against BYU

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo and quarterback Josh Rosen talk over a drill during spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo and quarterback Josh Rosen talk over a drill during spring practice. (Photo by Brad Graverson // Daily Breeze)

Make sure to drink some coffee on Sept. 17.

UCLA announced Thursday that its game at BYU is scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. PDT kickoff that Saturday and will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.

UCLA football games with announced kickoff times so far (all times in PDT):

  • Sept. 3 at Texas A&M, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
  • Sept. 10 vs. UNLV, 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
  • Sept. 17 at BYU, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)
  • Nov. 3 at Colorado, 6 p.m. (FS1)

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Details of Jim Mora’s contract extension

UCLA head coach Jim Mora, late in the second half the Bruins' 42-30 loss to Oregon at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora, late in the second half the Bruins’ 42-30 loss to Oregon at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Earlier this month, Jim Mora signed a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the UCLA football program through the 2021 season. The terms of the two-year extension, obtained by the Daily News on Thursday, deal mostly with added bonuses and an adjusted scale for buyouts to accommodate the coach’s longer tenure.

Mora can earn up to $1.065 million per year in bonuses, which is an additional $135,000 compared to the extension the head coach signed in 2014. He can now earn $25,000 if UCLA finishes in the top 10 of the AP poll and an additional $25,000 if the Bruins finish in the top 5.

If UCLA excels in the classroom, the contract extension states Mora can earn up to $145,000 in bonuses, based on graduation rates and the NCAA’s academic progress rate. It’s a much larger bonus for academic success than the total $50,000 offered in the previous contract.

Note: There seems to be a mathematical error in the contract (see attached PDF below). If you add up the cumulative parts of the academic bonuses, they only equal $135,000 instead of the stated $145,000. Continue reading

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Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA due to academics

Incoming freshman guard Kobe Paras has withdrawn from UCLA after academic conditions of his admission were not met, according to the school.

Paras, a 6-foot-6 guard who was admitted to the school upon condition, was a three-star recruit. He grew up in the Philippines, but spent his final two years of high school in L.A. He played his junior season at Cathedral High before playing his senior year for Middlebrooks Academy.

Paras attended Cathedral as a senior, but competed for Middlebrooks Academy, a team not within CIF regulations. According to the LA Times, a conflict between academic calendars in the Philippines and the United States would have exhausted Paras’ high school eligibility halfway through his senior season at Cathedral.

He’s is a star in within the Philippine national team and participated in the 2013 and 2015 FIBA 3×3 Under-18 World Championships. He won the slam dunk competition both years.

Of the 2016 class, the Bruins still have guard Lonzo Ball, center Ike Anigbogo and forward T.J. Leaf.

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Athlon Sports: Kenny Walker, Jayon Brown are UCLA’s wild cards

Kenny Walker (left) makes a catch during the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

Kenny Walker (left) makes a catch during the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

Receiver Kenny Walker is a wild card for the UCLA offense, according to Athlon Sports, while linebacker Jayon Brown is the defense’s wild card.

I would agree with calling Walker a wild card on offense, especially after head coach Jim Mora spoke so highly of him after spring camp. Mora said Walker could be one of the biggest surprises in the country.

There are a lot of potential wild cards on defense outside of just Brown. Brown, one of the team’s defensive captains, had a great spring practice.

One of my personal wild cards would be Eddie Vanderdoes, and more specifically, Eddie Vanderdoes’ knee. How well he is able to recovery from surgery will be a big factor in how the defensive line does. Many are projecting a big year for the 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive lineman. He was named one of the nation’s top 101 players by Pro Football Focus and was a third-team All-American in Athlon Sports’ preseason list. However, all of that in contingent on his knee.

Who are your wild cards on offense and defense?

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UCLA links: Vanderdoes, Rosen, McKinley in nation’s top 101 players

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes is out for the season after tearing his ACL in UCLA's 2015 season opener vs. Virginia. (Rachel Luna/Staff)

After tearing his ACL in UCLA’s 2015 season opener, defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes primed for a big year for the Bruins. (Rachel Luna/Staff)

Pro Football Focus ranked its top 101 college players in the nation and three Bruins made the cut. Topping the list for UCLA was defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes (No. 24), followed by quarterback Josh Rosen (No. 74) and defensive end Takkarist McKinley (No. 93).

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey claims the No. 1 spot.

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