Of all the outside news today…

This one impacts UCLA the most immediately. Chris Martin, the No. 1 ranked OLB last season, is transferring from Cal before he plays a down for the Bears. I watched a lot of film on this kid, and he’s a great one, and would have made an immediate impact for the Bears, likely switching to defensive end. He would’ve immediately become one of the best young defensive linemen in the Pac-10. I’d expect Rick Neuheisel to try to make a push for him, but the odds of landing him are slim. But for the Bruins now, at least they won’t have to face him in 2010.

Here’s the story: Martin

Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard, Washington starting tight end Kavario Middleton bounced from the team: Middelton

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UCLA hoops to host second Hoop-a-Thon

FROM UCLA:

LOS ANGELES –

UCLA Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ben Howland and his wife, Kim, have been named honorary co-chairs of the 2nd Annual HDSA LA Hoop-A-Thon. The event will take place in legendary Pauley Pavilion on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 from 6-10 p.m. On hand will be former UCLA players Arron Afflalo, Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison and Ryan Hollins as well as other former players and some surprise celebrity guests.

UCLA has partnered up with the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) in an effort to raise money and awareness to find a cure for this devastating illness.

The Hoop-A-Thon is a one-of-a-kind speed free-throw shooting contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. A team of 10 will cost $950.00 to compete.

For individuals wishing to attend the event and watch as well as mingle with current and former UCLA Basketball players, the cost will be $125.00. You will be able to sample food and spirits from some of Los Angeles’ best restaurants. There will also be a silent auction with some very special and unique items. Some of the incredible prizes and silent auction items include autographed Laker shoes by Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Luke Walton, Derek Fisher, Josh Powell and Shannon Brown as well as UCLA signed memorabilia, vacations and a Luau for 20 people.
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Weekly Q&A

Hey guys,

Fire away with questions for this week’s Q&A. Please don’t post new questions on the answers section, because I don’t always check the comments. Save them for next week.

I have a ton of questions to pore over, so this will be a pretty loaded Weekly Answers…

Thanks
Jon

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