If you’re still awake…

You won’t like what you’re seeing…UCLA trails Portland 36-19 at halftime in the 76 Classic. UCLA is doing nothing offensively and making a plehtora of mistakes from shot clock violations to backcourt violations to turnovers, etc. Unless the Bruins have a nice comeback in store, they appear headed for a matchup with No. 10 Butler tomorrow at 9 p.m.

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Up next? Butler or Minnesota

UCLA will play either Butler or Minnesota in the second round of the 76 Classic. No. 16 Minnesota upended No. 10 Butler, 82-73. If UCLA beats Portland, it plays Minnesota at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. If UCLA loses, it plays Butler at 9 p.m. UCLA’s game against Portland is running late…looks like we’ll tip off about 8:30 p.m. for those of you that aren’t already sleeping following your turkey dinner. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Looking for diehard UCLA/USC couple

Hey all,

Are you a UCLA husband with a USC wife or vice versa?
How about a Bruin dad with a Trojan son or daughter?
Any split siblings?

I’m doing a big story on Saturday about the crowd energy at the game, and I’d love to chat with any split families for the story.

If you’re going to be at the game and want to talk, please let me know at jon.gold@dailynews.com.


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Neuheisel ON: Coaches Tour

Hey guys,

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to all, and I hope everyone has a wonderful day full of family, friends and football.

Here’s my Thursday feature on Rick Neuheisel participating in Coaches Tour 2009.

Neuheisel story

Again, hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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On the podcast

Hey guys,

First of all, to those who listen: Thanks. Ben and I are very excited about starting this up, and I hope we delivered with the first one.
There are a few kinks. More than a few. But during the next few weeks, we’ll get them ironed out and move forward. I’m just as new to this as Ben is, and the Daily News has only done podcasts for a short time, so we’re going to only get better with time.
I only ask for patience, and when we start streaming live and have call-ins, some lively debates.

Thanks again for listening,

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The Podcast Cometh

Click the play button above to hear this week’s podcast, or download it here.

Welcome to the first Inside UCLA Podcast with my cohost, former Bruin quarterback Ben Olson.

Ben and I discuss UCLA’s chances in their yearly football matchup with crosstown-rival USC, and toss in a little Bruin basketball. Also, check out some great interviews with UCLA senior cornerback Alterraun Verner and coach Rick Neuheisel.

Subscribe to this podcast’s feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/uclapodcast, and watch for it soon in the iTunes Store.

Also, read the Inside UCLA blog at http://insidesocal.com/ucla

The Inside UCLA Podcast is produced by Jon Gold.

Recording and engineering by Jon Gold, Steven Rosenberg and Ryan Garfat.

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Weekly Answers, Pt. 3

1) Is this Brian Price’s last year? I heard he’s going to enter the draft. – Anonymous
I’ve heard from both sides, and my gut feeling is that he stays. I think he wants to be a first-rounder, and right now, I don’t think he is. There are a ton of huge DTs in the draft this year. If he waits a year and improves, he’ll shoot up the board.

2) Did you know Forbath was a finalist for the Groza award? We found this out somewhere else, Have you lost all all of my contacts already? – The Ghost of Dohn
I thought I only heard from Dohn’s ghost in my nightmares. Of course I found out, and I wanted to talk to Kai before posting anything. I’ll get that chance tonight.

3) Who do you think should win the Heisman? – Anonymous
I think Toby Gerhardt should win. I think Tim Tebow will win.

4) What are you hearing about possible at-large bowl berths? Does the school/team have a preference? – mvlsd
It’s looking pretty clearly like either the Humanitarian or the New Mexico bowl. The team has no preference, or at least hasn’t stated so.

5) Hows Kia shaping up, will he be back in time for spring? – Anonymous
He told me yesterday that he’s ahead of schedule and will be back for spring ball.
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WBTC Breakfast

Westwood Bruin Touchdown Club
Beat u$c breakfast
Friday Nov 27th — 7 am
Coach Reggie Moore, receivers
Coach Carnell Lake, secondary
UCLA Football Players:
#27 Aaron Ware, FS
#90 Jerzy Siewierski, DT
#18 Jeff Locke, P/KO
#31 Trevor Theriot, FB
#75 Nick Ekbatani, OG
UCLA Spirit Squad
Olympic Collection
11301 W Olympic Blvd (at Sawtelle Blvd)
Free Parking
Cost: $25 includes buffet breakfast and program
For more information call Claudia Hart @ 310-348-UCLA or email at claudia4ucla@yahoo.com

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Howland ON:

On Portland, who UCLA will face on Thursday:
“They return everybody from last year’s team and they’ve gotten off to a really good start. They’re shooting 52 percent on the season from 3-point line. There’s a lot of experience here. They’re a team that legitimately has a shot for competing with Gonzaga. Returned four guys in double figures. This is a very experienced team, a very big team. It’s going to be a tough game.”

On changing up the rotation to keep legs fresh:
“We’re trying to win this game (tonight). Especially as we move into the second and third gamee, we’ll probably need a little more rest for sure.”

On Jerime Anderson’s cramps:
“Yesterday his legs weren’t as sore as our trainer thought they would be. I talked to Jerime last night, and he’d gone to yoga at 6 o’clock. Part of the reason he may have had cramps is we practiced two hours on Sunday. We’re so desperate to get that practice time. We need practice time, and there’s just not time for us.”

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Bruin Bear caught in prank war

Warning: This post might spark some anger…

The Bruin Bear has been defaced. Caught in the middle of a battle that stretches part of eight decades, UCLA’s erstwhile symbol was drenched in cardinal and gold paint sometime yesterday.

Pranks in the UCLA/USC rivalrly have a long and storied history: At one point UCLA students even threatened to kidnap USC’s student-body president.

Read more about it here:
The Horror

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