UCLA links: Olympic champion chooses UCLA over Rio

Jordyn Wieber won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, but will not compete for a spot in the 2016 Games. (By Bullit Marquez, AP)

Jordyn Wieber won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, but will not compete for a spot in the 2016 Games. (By Bullit Marquez, AP)

The Rio Olympics are coming up, but you won’t see gymnast Jordyn Wieber there.

Wieber, who helped Team USA win the gold medal in 2012, chose to continue managing the UCLA gymnastics team instead of pursuing another shot at Olympic gold.

She tells the Detroit Free Press about her decision and what it was about UCLA that stole her heart.

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Bleacher Report names Rose Bowl best stadium in college football

Photo courtesy Rose Bowl

Bleacher Report has the Rose Bowl as the No. 1 stadium in college football. Along with its connection to UCLA, the Rose Bowl, of course, hosts the “Granddaddy of Them All.”

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No Bruins taken in NBA Draft

UCLA center Tony Parker backs down Long Beach State's Eric McKnight (12) during the Bruins' 77-63 win on Nov. 23, 2014. (Stephen Carr/Staff)

UCLA center Tony Parker backs down Long Beach State’s Eric McKnight (12) during the Bruins’ 77-63 win on Nov. 23, 2014. (Stephen Carr/Staff)

No surprise, but there were no UCLA players drafted in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. Center Tony Parker was the only player eligible. He averaged 12.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and one block in 25.1 minutes per game as a senior.

This is the third time since 1997 that the Bruins have not had anyone drafted. The other times were 2010 and 2012. The Bruins are coming off a 15-17 last year.

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UCLA gets commitment from three-star DB Jeffrey Manning

Bellflower High School cornerback/receiver Jeffrey Manning tweeted his commitment to UCLA on Thursday morning. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star recruit is UCLA’s fourth commit in the class of 2017.

Scout talked to Manning about the commitment, saying he chose UCLA because of the school’s tradition and his relationship with defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin.

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UCLA links: Updated graph of true freshman quarterbacks

Above is an updated version of this graph from two days ago about the progression of true freshman quarterbacks through their careers. I’ve added team win/loss records in the information at the bottom for each player and junior year stats when possible. Miami’s Brad Kaaya is entering his junior year this season.

There was a lot of discussion about Matt Stafford, but I chose to leave him out because he started only eight games in his true freshman year as opposed to the at least 12 for these four particular quarterbacks. Stafford was 6-2 as a true freshman starter in 2006 and Georgia went 9-4 overall that year.


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