OL Zachary Sweeny commits to UCLA

The same day UCLA hired its next offensive line coach, the Bruins picked up their fourth offensive line commit for the class of 2017.

Zachary Sweeney, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., announced his commitment to the Bruins on Twitter on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound guard joins Jaxon Kirkland, Jax Wacasner and Kanan Ray in UCLA’s group of offensive line recruits for this class.

Sweeney was also considering South Florida, where he visited last weekend. He is rated a three-star prospect by Scout and 247 Sports and a two-star by Rivals.

The Bruins announced the hire of new offensive line coach Hank Fraley on Saturday morning with less than two weeks left until National Signing Day.

UCLA’s commitment list so far:  Continue reading

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UCLA announces hires of DeShaun Foster, Hank Fraley

DeShaun Foster was officially hired was UCLA"s next running backs coach Saturday. (Photo courtesy UCLA athletics)

DeShaun Foster was officially hired was UCLA”s next running backs coach Saturday. (Photo courtesy UCLA athletics)

UCLA officially announced the hiring of DeShaun Foster as its next running backs coach and Hank Fraley as its offensive line coach Saturday.

Statements on the hires from head coach Jim Mora:

On Foster:

“DeShaun is a Bruin through and through, which makes this such an exciting addition to our staff. On top of being a tremendous alum, consummate professional, trusted voice and valued mentor, he is an exceptional football coach whose pedigree and knowledge of the game command respect. We’re thrilled to welcome DeShaun back home where he belongs.”

On Fraley:

“Having spent the last three seasons with an excellent staff in Minnesota, coupled with his 11-year NFL playing career, Hank is undoubtedly the right man to lead this unit forward. I watched Hank compete firsthand in the 2004 NFC Championship and am happy this time he’s now on our team. We can’t wait to get him in here, have him meet with our guys, share his knowledge and experience with them and begin the process of preparing this group for Spring Ball.”

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LB coach Scott White welcomes DeShaun Foster to Westwood

Former UCLA running back DeShaun Foster is reportedly on the way back to Westwood and linebackers coach Scott White is already looking forward to Foster’s homecoming.

White posted the above tweet on Saturday, one day after a report surfaced of UCLA’s intention to hire Foster as its next running backs coach. Foster and White were on the UCLA staff together for three years from 2013-15.

UCLA is also reportedly set to hire Hank Fraley as its new offensive line coach, while quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo is set to take the same position at Cal.

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Report: UCLA hires running backs, offensive line coaches

UCLA is reportedly set to hire former Carolina Panther and UCLA running back DeShaun Foster to fill the team's vacant running back coach position. (Streeter Lecka, Getty Images)

UCLA is reportedly set to hire former Carolina Panther and UCLA running back DeShaun Foster to fill the team’s vacant running back coach position.
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UCLA will hire former Bruin running back DeShaun Foster as its running backs coach and former NFL offensive lineman Hank Fraley as its offensive line coach, according to Bruin Report Online late Friday night..

Sources also told BRO that quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo will leave Westwood to take the same position at Cal under new head coach Justin WilcoxContinue reading

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Arizona a pivotal matchup for championship-caliber UCLA team

Arizona's Sean Miller is regarded as one of the best college basketball coaches to have never made the Final Four, but will UCLA's Steve Alford accomplish the feat first?

Arizona’s Sean Miller is regarded as one of the best college basketball coaches to have never made the Final Four, but will UCLA’s Steve Alford accomplish the feat first?

The UCLA basketball team has proven it’s good enough to dispatch even middle-tier Pac-12 competiton with relative ease. There is, of course, always the possibility the No. 3 team in the country will fall victim to an upset. That aside, UCLA is left with less than a handful of pivotal games on the schedule. Saturday is one of them.

A win over No. 14 Arizona will leave UCLA with just a single loss to an 11th-ranked Oregon team it’s going to face again. A loss to Arizona and UCLA will have two sizable hurdles between it and a Pac-12 championship – UCLA hosts Oregon Feb. 9 and visits Arizona Feb. 25.

Remember when the Bruins were breezing through a relatively weak non-conference schedule, save Kentucky? They are still in need of quality victories, as their 118th-ranked schedule, according to kenpom.com, would indicate. A win over Arizona would be a significant piece of UCLA’s NCAA tournament resume.

Similar to UCLA’s signature win this season at Kentucky, Arizona provides an opportunity to see how some of the best young talent in college basketball matches up against each other. Lonzo Ball will try to push the pace against the best defense in the Pac-12. TJ Leaf will face off with another potential lottery pick in Arizona’s 7-foot Finnish freshman Lauri Markkanen.

There is plenty of intrigue surrounding the first matchup of top-20 teams at Pauley Pavilion in nine years.

Links to our pregame coverage of UCLA versus Arizona:

  • UCLA enters matchup with more hype than Arizona for a change
  • March Madness in the air for biggest event at Pauley in years
  • Arizona caught looking crosstown during Thursday’s win at USC
  • UCLA to honor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at halftime
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