UCLA announced Tuesday that it will appeal a ruling that forces its baseball team out of Jackie Robinson Stadium. U.S. District judge S. James Otero ruled this August that the Department of Veterans Affairs had misused its West Los Angeles campus by leasing land to various tenants, including the Bruins’ national championship team.
The land was deeded in 1888 for providing a home for disabled veterans. By not using it to provide health care for veterans, Otero’s decision stated, Veterans Affairs is in violation of federal law. The ACLU sued VA in June 2011 on behalf of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.
In addition to Jackie Robinson Stadium, parts of the 387-acre property are leased out to 10 other companies and businesses, including the Brentwood School, a hotel laundry and film studio storage lot. Continue reading →
After winning UCLA baseball’s first-ever national championship, head coach John Savage was rewarded with a contract extension that pays him up to $1.025 million annually, plus a $100,000 signing bonus. His previous contract maxed out at $501,000.
The UC regents officially approved the contract on Sept. 18. USC reportedly offered Savage over $1 million after he won the College World Series in June.
The terms make Savage, who also won multiple national coach of the year honors this summer, among the highest-paid college baseball coaches in the country. LSU’s Paul Mainieri earns $750,000 in annual guaranteed salary.
Q: How many points will UCLA need to beat Nebraska? After seeing Nebraska surrender 600 yds to Wyoming, should we feel a lot better heading into that game? Brett Hundley and our offense can give us a shot against anybody correct?
A: I’d give Nebraska some benefit of the doubt for early-season rust, but UCLA looks pretty good for that game. You’re right: Brett Hundley and company have the firepower to hang with most teams. Taylor Martinez will give the Bruins trouble with QB runs, though they’ll have a bye week to prep for that. It’ll be more about how much UCLA can limit him rather than how many points the team can put up.
Q: Do you see any possibility in changes to the depth chart for running backs? Steve Manfro has alligator arms. Malcolm Jones is on a mission. I believe he should eventually take the No. 2 back behind Jordon James.
A: The depth chart looks pretty fluid after James, so there’s a chance for anybody to carve out a more significant secondary role. I’m not ready to give Jones the edge there, however; he looked good, but he also came in late against a Nevada defense that looked gassed.
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John Savage took UCLA baseball further than anyone before him. The Bruins made sure he didn’t leave.
The two-time National Coach of the Year has often stated his desire to stay in Westwood. After winning the program’s first-ever title and turning down a reported million-dollar offer from USC, he is locked in until 2025 — his contract extension approved today by the UC Regents.
“I couldn’t be happier about their commitment, not only to me, but to the baseball program,” Savage said.
The 48-year-old coach, who just completed his ninth season, said improvements to Jackie Robinson Stadium were a significant part of the negotiation.
Most pressing is the need for an adjoining half-infield laid with turf. The addition would allow the Bruins to practice on the surface without having to practice on the football team’s Spaulding Field.
Savage hopes construction will begin as soon as this summer. Other possible facility additions include a new clubhouse, press box, restrooms and concessions. Continue reading →
After leading UCLA baseball to its first national championship, head coach John Savage will sign a new extension through 2025.
According to the Los Angeles Times, he turned down an offer from USC that topped $1 million per year. His latest UCLA contract extension, signed in December and extended to 2017, paid him over $300,000 per year including bonuses. Savage, who just finished his ninth season with the Bruins, had emphasized his desire to stay both before and after the College World Series.
The 48-year-old’s new agreement with the Bruins is pending approval by the University of California board of regents. The next scheduled board meeting is July 16-18.
Prior to a successful tenure at UCLA that includes three trips to Omaha in the past four years, Savage was the head coach at UC Irvine and the pitching coach at USC, where he won the 1998 national title under head coach Mike Gillespie.
Q: We were the most penalized team in the NCAA (except maybe USC). Last year Mora said it wasn’t an area of primary importance. Will he change that this year, and make a concerted effort to reduce penalties.
I would hope so, but I don’t expect him to admit it. I think general improvements on the offensive line and in the secondary will also go toward reducing penalties without requiring particular emphasis.
Q: When will we find out Wanaah Bail’s eligibility for next season?
Since he enrolled at Texas Tech originally, he should need an NCAA waiver to play immediately. I’m guessing he’ll get it given the circumstances, but don’t know when that will be ruled.
Q: So what exactly is the status with Priest Willis and whether he has enrolled at UCLA yet?
He has not enrolled yet, but plans to leave Arizona for UCLA at the end of the month. Continue reading →
Helped significantly by a baseball championship, UCLA men’s athletics secured its first-ever Capital One Cup yesterday.
Awarded annually to the top men’s and women’s Division I programs in the country, the prize comes with $200,000 worth of scholarships and will be presented at the ESPY Awards on July 17. The Bruin men scored 92 points to place ahead of Indiana and Texas A&M (88 points each), Florida (86) and Duke (82). The baseball title secured 60 points.
UCLA also placed third in the Director’s Cup, which Stanford won for the 19th consecutive season. The Bruins now have back-to-back third-place finishes, and have landed in the top-five in eight of the past 10 years.
Per his contract, athletic director Dan Guerrero will receive a $30,000 bonus for the Bruins’ top-10 placement in the Director’s Cup.
LOS ANGELES — Eric Karros stood in the middle of Jackie Robinson Stadium, just feet away from the national championship trophy. Once a player himself, the former Bruin and Dodger had waited years for this moment.
He gestured toward UCLA head coach John Savage, the man who had brought the Bruins to the mountaintop, guiding them through an undefeated postseason.
“I know a lot of schools will come courting, but gosh darn it, I hope you stay,” Karros said Thursday afternoon. The 800-some fans sitting in the stands likely thought the same.
The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this week that USC — which finished 20-36 — had interest in Savage, who won the 1998 title there as a pitching coach. Considering UCLA’s now-official powerhouse status, that’s somewhat akin to a teenage boy having interest in Kate Upton. Continue reading →