A former UCLA men’s basketball academic coordinator alleges that assistant coach Duane Broussard asked him to try and change a player’s grade.
Will Collier, who worked at UCLA for 16 months before resigning in January, told the Chronicle of Higher Education that Broussard wanted him to approach a professor last December as part of an effort to keep an unnamed Bruin eligible for the rest of the season.
“To insinuate that I would pressure anyone to do something unethical or not follow policy is, quite frankly, insulting and just flat wrong,” Broussard told the Chronicle. He added that he was only trying to maintain “an open line of communication with our academic advisors.”
A UCLA spokesperson said the school stands by Broussard’s comments, as well as other statements from employees refuting Collier’s claims. Continue reading →
UCLA coach Steve Alford talked about the start of the Bruins’ 2015-16 season before the start of their first practice, touching on Jonah Bolden’s recovery from knee surgery, the team’s increased depth, and the possibility of playing big men Thomas Welsh and Tony Parker in the same lineup.
Nearly six months after parting ways with St. John’s, former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin has landed back on the West Coast.
The 51-year-old has joined the Pac-12 Networks as as a men’s basketball analyst. Lavin reached four Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight with the Bruins from 1997-2002, but never got the Red Storm past the NCAA Tournament’s round of 64.
The San Francisco native will join an on-air talent team that also includes Kevin O’Neill, Mike Montgomery, Don MacLean and Bill Walton.
“I have an inherent comfort level and familiarity with the Pac-12 Conference, having already spent 12 years coaching basketball at UCLA,” Lavin said in a statement. “That history makes returning to the Pac-12 as a broadcaster an ideal opportunity. I’m eager for the college basketball season to begin and look forward to contributing as an analyst on the Pac-12 Networks’ coverage.”
In the near future, UCLA will be set with a back-to-back pair of five-star point guards.
Jaylen Hands announced his commitment to the Bruins’ 2017 class today, making him the eventual successor to Lonzo Ball. The latter, who picked UCLA 18 months ago, headlines the team’s 2016 haul. Ball — whose two youngerbrothers are also future Bruins — has said publicly that he intends to be a “one and done” player, heading off to the NBA as soon as possible.
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Assuming those plans don’t change, Hands ensures that the UCLA offense will still have a capable backcourt leader. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound San Diego-area product is a high-upside prospect, and is ranked a top-25 recruit nationally by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He was one of 17 finalists for the 2015 USA Basketball U16 National Team, and measured out with a 6-foot-4 wingspan at training camp. Continue reading →