Receiver Devin Lucien has left the UCLA football program, head coach Jim Mora confirmed on Tuesday morning.
“He’s decided to go a different direction,” Mora said. “I thought I knew what that direction was, but as of this morning I don’t know.”
Lucien, who would have been a redshirt senior, is expected to graduate and attempt to transfer. The former Crespi Carmelite standout often impressed during the Bruins’ offseason and preseason camps, but never became a consistent contributor in the receiving corps. Continue reading →
UCLA head coach Jim Mora talks about the start of spring camp, including personnel and position changes (Devin Lucien out, Myles Jack to inside linebacker), new defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, and what he thinks of freshman quarterback Josh Rosen.
A thoughts on how the Bruins finished and where they’re going next …
1. UCLA’s going to back-to-back Sweet 16s doesn’t necessarily mean you should expect a third. The Bruins could certainly be better next season. They will have more depth in the backcourt, though losing freshman Kevon Looney would be a tremendous blow to the frontcourt. Gyorgy Goloman looks like a nice under-the-radar find, but I think he and center Thomas Welsh will pay bigger dividends as juniors rather than sophomores. Introducing former four-star recruit Jonah Bolden will help significantly; he spent his ineligible season transitioning from the four to the three, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts immediately.
But it is unreasonable to expect the type of good fortune that has followed UCLA these past two postseasons. The Bruins deserve credit for taking advantage of their opportunities, but drawing a double-digit seed twice in the round of 32 is as friendly a path as any team could hope to see. At least Stephen F. Austin was a team that was good enough to return to the NCAA Tournament this season; I’m not sure the same can be said for UAB, which was likely one of the 10 weakest teams in the whole field.
Let’s hazard a guess and say that the Bruins draw a No. 5- or 6-seed in next year’s NCAA Tournament. Will they be able to knock off a fourth- or third-seeded team to end the weekend? Continue reading →