An important announcement

After three-and-a-half years of covering UCLA, I will be switching to the Rams beat for the Los Angeles News Group. Thanks to everyone who ever read a blog post, shared an article, or responded to a tweet. It’s been a fun run for me, and I hope it has been for most of you as well. If you ever see me out and about, please don’t hesitate to say hello.

Replacing me starting today is Thuc Nhi Nguyen, who most recently covered the L.A. Galaxy for us as well as preps. She is, unlike many journalists, very good at math. You may remember her project on Josh Rosen two summers ago, which explored the various factors behind his success as St. John Bosco’s quarterback. Clay Fowler, who has written features on everything from Super Bowl I to how Lonzo Ball deals with his growing celebrity, will cover UCLA basketball.

As I leave, here are a few moments I’ll remember from the beat:

» How Jim Mora handled the death of receiver Nick Pasquale. From the way he embraced the Pasquale family, to the anger he directed at a camera operator’s press conference interruption — it all struck the right note of compassion and authenticity. Mora tends to wear his emotions on his sleeve, for better or worse. This was an example of the former.

» Myles Jack’s breakout game as a running back, in which he churned out 120 yards on six carries and stunned just about everyone at Arizona Stadium. Never before or since have I talked to players left as starstruck by a teammate.

» Watching the UCLA baseball team win its first national title in 2013, sweeping through the College World Series despite only finishing third in the Pac-12. After the final out and the celebratory dogpile, I stood on the field in Omaha and saw then-assistant coach T.J. Bruce celebrating with his family, tossing his two-year-old daughter into the air.

I asked what he had planned for the next day. “Recruiting,” he said.

If you’ve read this far, thanks again.

Best,
Jack

  • NYC Bruin

    Thanks for the hard work Jack, good luck with the Rams beat.

  • pv bruin

    Thanks Jack. Good luck on your new endeavor..

  • keptycho

    Thank you Jack for giving me a more reasonable insight into what is going on with the Bruins. Since I too like math, I will certainly look forward to comments from Nguyen.

  • Al

    Thanks for the awesome work, Jack. Not a fan of the Rams but I will be sure to look at the content you post about them.

  • Lifelong Bruin Fan

    Thanks Jack for all of the hard work you’ve put into this blog, one of my regular reads on the Internet. Best of luck to you on your new beat with the Rams!

  • facescar

    Gonna miss you Jack! You did a great job on here, it was always my go-to place for UCLA news.

    Good luck to both you and Thuc Nhi!

  • Richard

    You did a great job THANKS…but what’s w/ the rumor the Rams are trying to trade up to the #6 pick ?? To get Myles Jack ????

  • Mrhawaii

    Welcome to the big time and away from the JV team.

  • 92104bruinfan

    Congratulations Jack on landing an NFL beat and thanks for providing my go-to spot for UCLA sports over the last 3+ years.I didn’t necessarily agree with you at times but IMO, you were always fair and offered a solid, detached perspective needed, given the passion and bias many of the readers here admittedly have for the Bruins, myself included. Look forward to reading and engaging both Thuc and Clay. Go Bruins!

  • drakejr

    Congratulations to you Jack and good luck on the NFL beat.

  • Romeo

    Thanks for your great work Jack. Look forward to reading your Rams pieces. Best of luck.

  • cedar_23

    Thanks for putting up with the notoriously obnoxious UCLA fans the last few years, now you get to put up with the notoriously obnoxious LA Rams fans 🙂

  • guest

    Thank you for the great work, Jack! Will miss you!

  • JustOwns

    See ya Jack. I won’t miss your twitter krap.

  • Mr. Flores

    that explains why he would post every 5 days. maybe this new person can give us more stories

    • Paul

      Sick burn!

      (and agreed…)

  • PVBruin17

    I enjoyed your work, Jack. Thank you.
    Go Ramies!!!

  • Sunset Bruin

    Thanks, Jack. Best wishes in your future endeavors.

  • Cliff Sakata

    Sorry to see you leave, but looks like you got a great gig. Also, I admire how you shook off all the haters at the beginning to become a mainstain for over three years. Best of luck to you.

  • commentar

    Thanks for everything Jack! Good luck with the Rams!

  • Cliff Sakata

    Now that you’ve moved on, how about a closing article on how you really feel about the football and basketball program?

  • Danny

    Congratulations Jack!

  • Xtracrazy32

    I’m sure glad I am not a Rams fan, because nothing enlightening will be reported about them!

  • BigUglyLlama

    Thank you, Jack, for 3+ years years of solid, rational coverage of the Bruins. I’ve particularly appreciated reading your nuanced, poised articles when your readership was in full-on, rabid mode.

    Good luck with the Rams, although I’m still mad at “that Showgirl” for stealing my childhood team from me… 🙂

  • uclaguy11

    Ditto these comments — thank you, Jack, for all your great coverage the last 3+ years. It is much appreciated and best of luck in your next beat!

  • Hogsman

    Thanks for all the coverage – good job on ignoring the haters. Have fun on your new gig.

  • j metaphor

    Sounds like a Nguyen-Nguyen situation for UCLA fans.

    • Paul

      What you did there. I see it 🙂

    • JustOwns

      The bozo goons won’t understand. They’ll assume you mean Ted Nugent.

  • http://bestmenudo.com ThaiMex

    Jackie…..o.k. to admit it…..you have damaging unpublished photo’s of your boss….either that or you’re the second coming of Goat Boy…..

    • Sam Bam

      Oh there you are!

  • Go Bruinz

    Thank you Jack for all your hard work these past few years, including coverage on not only football and basketball, but also baseball and occasionally other sports as well! Best of luck and congrats on the new Rams reporting position!

  • Bigwoof1

    Thanks, Jack.
    You handled a tough job with class.
    Good luck in covering the Rams.
    Thanks again for your helpful responses and corrections to me and others.