Pac-12 will ban incoming transfers with history of misconduct

The Pac-12 has instituted a new rule that will prevent transfers by athletes with a history of misconduct, the conference announced today.

The new rule requires transfer applicants to self-disclose whether or not they are allowed to re-enroll at their prior schools. If not, they would not be eligible to receive athletic aid or participate in athletic activities.

The policy will apply to issues related to “assault, harassment, academic fraud, and other violations of campus behavior conduct policies,” the conference said — not to academic ineligibility that does not stem from misconduct.

“This is an important step to strengthen our student-athlete transfer admission processes and to address the safety of our students,” UCLA chancellor Gene Block said.

Such a rule may have prevented, for example, the Oregon men’s basketball team from accepting Brandon Austin in 2014. The 6-foot-6 wing had been suspended by Providence College, where he had been a subject of a rape investigation. Austin faced sexual assault allegations again in Eugene, along with teammates Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis; all three were eventually expelled.

UCLA coach Steve Alford: ‘I’ve just done a really poor job’

UCLA’s season fizzled out on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, with the Bruins losing a third straight game to USC for the first time since 1942.

Some more milestone from the 95-71 loss in the Pac-12 Tournament, one in which Steve Alford’s team never looked competitive …

» USC’s point total was its highest-ever in the rivalry, passing the 94 points it scored in an eight-point loss to UCLA in 1979.
» The 24-point margin of victory was USC’s largest since a 28-point win in 1945.
» The Trojans’ three wins against the Bruins this year came by a combined 57 points. They had not won two rivalry games by double digits since 1938.
» USC’s average halftime lead in those three games was 16.

“It’s been a really difficult two-and-a-half months,” Alford said afterward. “And it falls on me. This is where the buck stops and starts. I’ve just done a really poor job of getting to these guys over the last two-and-a-half months.”

Asked how he would defend himself to fans who are calling for his job, he said: “I’m not defending myself. I didn’t get into this business to defend myself. If I’m a fan, I’m upset too. It’s not a defense. If I’m a fan, I’m upset; I’m a coach, I’m upset. …

“Bad year’s probably an overstatement. It was a bad two-and-a-half months, bad league play. And that’s what it was. I think I’ve got the players’ attention. We’ve got a tremendous recruiting class coming in that we’re excited about. … So it’s back to work. It’s getting us back to the level of excellence that is required.”

Cordell Broadus, son of Snoop Dogg, to return to UCLA football

Cordell Broadus' commitment on ESPN was big news for UCLA on Signing Day, but the four-star receiver never showed up to camp.

After abruptly giving up the sport last summer, Cordell Broadus will try returning to the UCLA football team as a walk-on.

Cordell Broadus’ on-and-off football career appears to be on again.

The former four-star receiver, perhaps better known as the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, will attempt to return to the UCLA football team less than a year after walking away from the sport. Bruin Report Online first reported that the Bishop Gorman product will report to spring practices later this month as a walk-on.

After signing with the Bruins in February 2015, Broadus failed to report for preseason training camp last August. He remained enrolled at UCLA to pursue a filmmaking career, and wrote in October that he “played football for my father because I thought that was the only way he would love me (and) be a part of my life.” This week, however, he began posting Instagram photos of himself training in school gear.

I messed up at the top but you get it , getting ready for spring ball working with @stars_socal

A video posted by Cordell Broadus (@cbroadus) on

His change of heart coincides with UCLA losing four of its top five pass-catchers from 2015, including Thomas Duarte — who led the team with 10 touchdown catches — and career receptions leader Jordan Payton. Still, Broadus will have to compete with an incoming recruiting class that includes five receivers, such as the already-enrolled Theo Howard.

The Bruins will start spring practices on March 29.

Don MacLean: Too early for UCLA basketball to fire Steve Alford

Some fans have called for UCLA to fire head coach Steve Alford (center) in the wake of the Bruins' disappointing 2015-16 season, but Pac-12 Networks analyst Don MacLean says it's too early for that conversation. (David Crane/Staff)

Some fans have called for UCLA to fire third-year head coach Steve Alford (center) due to the Bruins’ disappointing 2015-16 season, but Pac-12 Networks analyst Don MacLean says it’s too early for that conversation. (David Crane/Staff)

The UCLA men’s basketball team heads into the Pac-12 Tournament mired in one of the most disappointing season in program history, with its 15-16 record making even an NIT invitation very questionable. Perhaps further dimming the Bruins’ chances at a late-season run is their next opponent.

Steve Alford’s 10th-seeded squad will tip off at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 6 p.m. tomorrow against USC — a team that has comfortably won the last two games in the crosstown rivalry. Pac-12 Networks analyst Don MacLean answered some questions about the Bruins, including what he thinks of Alford’s job security.

Q: What are your impressions of UCLA’s first-round matchup against USC, especially given the results of their past two meetings?

A: “Overall, you wonder where UCLA’s head is at. They haven’t looked good coming down the home stretch here. They’re a No. 10 seed. They’re not going to get into the NCAA Tournament. But what I’m looking for is for them to kind of hit the reset button, and see if they want to try and make a run in this Pac-12 Tournament. So to that degree, I don’t think it really matters who their first-round opponent is. To me, it’s more about their spirit and their will, and if they want to finish out this season the right way. They have underachieved. I think they know that. They have the talent to be better than they are.”

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UCLA football announces 2016 spring practice schedule

Jim Mora and the UCLA football team will start spring practices on March 29. (Scott Varley/Daily Breeze)

Jim Mora and the UCLA football team will start spring practices on March 29. (Scott Varley/Staff)

UCLA football has announced its upcoming spring practice schedule, which will take place at the on-campus intramural field just north of Pauley Pavilion. All sessions will be open to the public, starting with the first of 14 practices on March 29.

The Bruins’ “Spring Showcase” will be held at neighboring Drake Stadium on April 23 at 11:30 a.m., with tickets costing $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.

Parking will be available in Lots 4, 7 and 8, with rates maxing out at $12 per day.

Tuesday, March 29 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, March 31 – 7 a.m.
Saturday, April 2 – 9 a.m.
Monday, April 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 7 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 – 10 a.m.
Monday, April 11 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 14 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 – 11 a.m.
Monday, April 18 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20 – 7 a.m.
Thursday, April 21 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 – Spring Showcase — 11:30 a.m.