Why isn’t the career rushing record a bigger deal?

Many fans have wondered why UCLA hasn’t made a bigger deal out of Johnathan Franklin getting set to break the career rushing record. Franklin isn’t the type to draw attention to himself, but being 21 yards away Gaston Green’s 25-year-old mark is as good a cause as any for some lead-up hype before Saturday’s game against Arizona.

This week, someone from the UCLA sports information department told me it’s because of an unofficial policy that began at the start of the school year. On releases like Word from Westwood, the school doesn’t mention the names of specific student-athletes, electing to focus on teams instead. There are plans for recognition of Franklin’s milestone during the game against Arizona on Saturday, but I was told it will still be something relatively low-key.

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  • Semi-Pro

    I get the whole “We emphasize teams, not players” bit…but come on. This is a HUGE deal!

  • Dan

    JACK, PLEASE read this request. I am not sure how long it would take, and maybe someone else could do it, but I think the fans to visit this site would love to see videos of past highlights of former UCLA stars once a week. For example: a Skip Hicks highlights week, DeShaun Foster Highlights week, Craig Bragg, Marcedes Lewis, Sharmon Shah (Karim Abdul-Jabbar), JJ Stokes, Donnie Edwards, Robert Thomas, Ricky Manning Jr, Verner, Akeem Ayers, Rahim Moore, Larry Atkins etc.

    • maze949

      You should ask Jack to categorize your dead cat skeletons too.

      • Dan

        Hahahahahahahah you’re so funny maze!!! No but seriously, you don’t think that would be a cool post once a week? I personally know a few people that would love it. Thanks for being nice about it though.

  • GoJoeBruinUCLA

    I get this, I really do, but I think it’s a tad unfair considering this is Franklin’s last season. I would say it’s up to the student section to do something special but it’s the UCLA student section, so …

  • Old Homer

    You are boring Dude……last time I am on this page….

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidlazar David Lazar

    That is so stupid. Sports are about individual AND team achievement.

  • disqus_CWVq0Kphb6

    That has got to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Credit should be given where credit is due.

    Sidenote, I’m pretty disappointed at how much of a drop off this blog has taken from Miguel and Jon Gold. I don’t understand how you cover a Pac12 school and don’t even go to their media day – that’s incredibly lazy and insulting to your craft. You don’t ask your own questions and just regurgitate what other reports are saying, and piggyback off video footage that other reporters have. Miguel and Jon often had post-practice / game interviews with players that were exclusive to the blog which was one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. No doubts on your writing talent, but the effort to get actual content just isn’t there.

  • flyonwa11

    What did you expect. The advertising for Homecoming was low key.