UCLA reinstates Adrian Klemm after three-month suspension

UCLA reinstated offensive line coach Adrian Klemm on Friday, returning him to full duties after a three-month suspension.

Klemm, one of the team’s top recruiters, had been suspended with pay on March 16 due to allegations of NCAA rules violations. A school spokesperson said that the Bruins are still working with the NCAA “to complete the review of the matters surrounding Klemm’s suspension.”

Without Klemm for all of spring camp, UCLA turned to graduate assistants Blake Bentz and Dave Marsh — as well as senior center Jake Brendel — to fill the void.

The Bruins currently have the No. 11 recruiting class in 2016 according to Rivals.com, but do not yet have a verbal commitment from any offensive linemen. The team is hosting its “Elite Big Man Camp” for offensive and defensive linemen on June 26.

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UCLA to study concussions with new football helmet sensors

Nearly two dozen UCLA football players have been given new helmets with sensors, part of a $30 million study into concussions.

Funded by an initiative involving both the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense, the use of the helmets are part of a three-year study that also includes other universities across the country. The 22 Bruins who have the helmets will be tracked for the speed, intensity and location of the hits they take during practices and games.

“Our goal is to develop scientific, evidence-based tools that will enable doctors to more accurately gauge when it is safe for an athlete to return to play,” Christopher Giza, director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, said in a statement.

The football players, as well as members of the men’s and women’s soccer team, had already begun baseline testing to measure balance, memory, cognitive function, and reaction time.

John DiFiori, UCLA athletic’s head physician, said the findings will help identify and prevent brain injuries in athletes who may be more susceptible to them.

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Pac-12 links: A Pac-12 team could play Baylor in Australia in 2016

» Baylor is in talks to open the 2016 season in Australia, and would likely face a Pac-12 opponent.

» Less than two years after leaving Arizona State, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has already made enemies in Austin.

» Former Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is sponsoring a bus to take 40 kids from his hometown to next week’s NBA Draft.

» Kyle Anderson is holding a basketball clinic this Saturday in memory of a childhood friend who committed suicide. Continue reading

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UCLA center Thomas Welsh makes final USA Basketball U19 roster

UCLA center Thomas Welsh will wear red, white and blue this summer.

The soon-to-be sophomore made the final cut for USA Basketball’s U19 team on Wednesday, becoming one of 12 players who will represent the United States at the FIBA World Championship later this month. He is one of two centers to make the team, the other being Purdue’s five-star signee Caleb Swanigan.

Competition will be held June 27 to July 5 in Heraklion, on the Greek island of Crete. The medal-round quarterfinals are on July 3, with the semifinals and finals taking place the following two days. Continue reading

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UCLA schedules home-and-home series against Georgia in 2025-26

UCLA football has put another big name on its schedule.

The Bruins announced on Wednesday that they will play a home-and-home series against Georgia in 2025 and 2026, both of which will be played as season openers. UCLA will host first at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 30, 2025, and travel to the Bulldogs’ Sanford Stadium on Sept. 5, 2026.

The series is the Bruins’ third against an SEC opponent in the next decade. The program is also set to play against Texas A&M (2016-17) and LSU (2021, 2024).

UCLA also announced a nonconference home game against Southern Alabama on Sept. 17, 2022. That game comes a week after the Bruins start a home-and-home series against Michigan at the Big House.

Here are the nonconference opponents UCLA has scheduled through 2026: Continue reading

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