UCLA hires Jimmie Dougherty as WR coach

Jimmie Dougherty was a offensive analyst at Michigan in 2016 and worked with now UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press)

(Updated Feb. 8, 11:33 a.m. — UCLA announces hire officially)

UCLA hired former Oregon wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty for the same position Wednesday, the school announced.

Dougherty, who held his job with the Ducks for about seven weeks, was an offensive analyst at Michigan last year, where he worked with current UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Dougherty will serve also as passing game coordinator for the Bruins.

“Knowing Jimmie since 2009 and having been able to see him in action at practice, during games and in the meeting room, it’s exciting to add a coach of his caliber to our staff,” head coach Jim Mora said in a statement.

Dougherty is the fourth new offensive coach for the Bruins this season, including Fisch, Hank Fraley (offensive line) and DeShaun Foster (running backs). The only remaining offensive coach from the previous year is tight ends coach Rip Scherer.

Dougherty has previous Pac-12 coaching experience at Washington, where he coached receivers from 2009-12 under Steve Sarkisian. He was an assistant head coach, receivers coach and passing game coordinator at San Jose State from 2013-15.

During his short tenure at Oregon, Dougherty helped the Ducks rope in four receivers for their 2017 recruiting class. He is also the second assistant coach to leave within the past week, as co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach David Reaves resigned last Friday following an arrest for multiple traffic violations, including DUII, on Jan. 22. Dougherty was a passenger in the car at the time, according to the Oregonian, but was not charged with any crimes.

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UCLA-committed LaMelo Ball scores 92 points after loss

UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball said he didn’t throw any jabs at his two younger brothers after the Chino Hills High School’s basketball team’s 60-game win streak was snapped on Saturday.

The next time they took the court, youngest brother LaMelo Ball scored 92 points on Tuesday night in a 146-122 win over Los Osos High. The sophomore made 37 of 61 field goals (61 percent) and added a cool seven assists. Lonzo Ball showed his appreciation on twitter:

With senior LiAngelo Ball, who scored 72 in a game earlier this season, sitting out to rest up for the playoffs, LaMelo took advantage. The youngest of the Ball brothers didn’t do most of his damage from 3-point range, making 30 of his 39 attempts from inside the arc.

LaMelo Ball, who famously made a half-court shot in the middle of a game earlier this season, was 7 of 22 from 3-point range Tuesday night. He had 29 points at halftime and scored 41 of his 92 in the fourth quarter. High school quarters are eight minutes long. Continue reading

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Lonzo Ball, TJ Leaf focused on NCAA, not Pac-12 title

No. 10 UCLA trails No. 5 Oregon by two games in the Pac-12 standings.

Two days before a game the UCLA basketball team seemingly needs to win to retain hope for a Pac-12 regular season championship, the Bruins’ two best players said they were more focused on a larger goal.

No. 10 UCLA will host No. 5 Oregon on Thursday trailing the Ducks by two games in the conference standings, but Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf are more concerned about how the game effects their preparation for the NCAA tournament.

“Since the beginning of the season the focus was to win a national championship, not the Pac-12 title,” Ball said. “We’re just trying to get ready for March.”

Oregon handed UCLA its first loss of the season on Dec. 28 when Dillon Brooks made a 3-pointer with .08 seconds left in the Ducks’ 89-87 win in Eugene, Ore. UCLA proceeded to lose three of its first nine Pac-12 games, making a conference title difficult to achieve with Arizona and Oregon having lost just one conference game apiece with seven remaining.

The freshman duo of Ball and Leaf was downplaying the rematch when speaking with the media on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Women’s basketball snaps 16-game road losing streak to Stanford

Jordin Canada and Monique Billings led No. 13 UCLA to its first road win over Stanford since 1999 as the Bruins knocked off No. 8 Stanford 85-76 on Monday in Maples Pavilion.

Canada scored 25 points with five assists and three steals. Billings had her 13th double-double of the season with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Kari Korver added 17 points, sinking 5 of 7 3-point shots.

The Bruins (18-5, 9-3 Pac-12) ended a 16-game road losing streak against Stanford and a 15-game road losing streak to ranked opponents. After a 21-game losing streak to Stanford, UCLA now has back-to-back victories over the Cardinal, including a 56-35 win at Pauley Pavilion last season.

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How I voted in the men’s basketball AP poll: UCLA moves up

After a one-week hiatus, UCLA returned to the top 10 of the Associated Press poll

UCLA’s ceiling in the polls appears to have been lowered by its loss to USC. Despite seven combined losses in the top 10 last week, the Bruins’ 2-0 week earned them a single spot.

Maybe UCLA has officially been branded as a team that can’t play defense at a high enough level. Or once the shine came off the best offensive team in the country, voters are taking a harder look at a schedule that has limited UCLA’s RPI to No. 23.

I’m giving UCLA more credit than most voters, but awaiting the Bruins on Thursday is one of two remaining chances in the regular season to have a significant positive effect on its standing. Despite a loss to Colorado two weeks ago and a one-point win over Arizona State last week, Oregon got plenty of respect for its 27-point win over Arizona on Saturday.

The Ducks jumped eight spots and finally returned to the Associated Press poll’s top five. During a week where the AP top 10 posted a combined record of 12-7, three teams fell out of the top 10. UCLA was one of the three that was voted into the top 10, but the other two leapfrogged the Bruins. Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia fell out. Oregon, North Carolina and UCLA moved in.

North Carolina has one more loss than the Bruins, but its RPI is 4 compared to UCLA’s lowly 23. Until the Bruins beat one of the best two teams in their own conference, UCLA will continue to be passed over by teams from other conferences even if the Bruins have a better record.

How I voted in the men’s basketball Week 14 AP poll:
1. Gonzaga
2. Villanova
3. Kansas
4. Baylor
5. Oregon

Even with Dillon Brooks back in the lineup, the Ducks have been all over the map of late, but a 27-point win over Arizona is too strong of a statement to discount in any way. Oregon has now snapped a 13-game UCLA winning streak and a 15-game Arizona winning streak this season.
6. Arizona
The fact that Arizona lost to Oregon isn’t shocking in itself, but the 27-point margin was difficult to digest. The Wildcats were probably playing the most consistent basketball in the country with Allonzo Trier back in the lineup, but their 15-game winning streak ended with a thud.
7. UCLA
The Bruins looked so lost while being defeated at USC two weeks ago that simply earning two road wins last week went a long way toward restoring credibility. UCLA’s RPI is still lagging at No. 22 in the country, but a massive opportunity awaits the Bruins when Oregon comes to town Thursday.
8. Louisville
9. North Carolina
10. Florida State Continue reading

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