UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora. Coaches and athletes from each team in the PAC-12 pose for a group photo. The schools were invited to speak at the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel In Hollywood, CA. July 15, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)
The UCLA football team wrapped up Pac-12 Media Days on Friday looking forward to fall camp. For linebacker Jayon Brown, there’s one more reason than usual to be excited.
Unlike in past years, the Bruins will only be spending one week in San Bernardino instead of two. Head coach Jim Mora scheduled the first week of camp on UCLA’s campus before spending the final week at Cal State San Bernardino.
“That’s lovely,” Brown said of getting to stay in Westwood for a week of camp. “Everybody on the team I know is hyped up for that. The ‘Dino is hot and it’s dry and it’s not a lovely place. Sorry for all the people out there in the I.E.” Continue reading →
UCLA shooting guard Prince Ali had surgery on his left meniscus Friday, according to the school’s athletic department, and isn’t likely to be ready for the season opener Nov. 11. The 6-foot-3 sophomore suffered the injury July 8 playing basketball in open gym.
Ali was a key reserve last season, but an increase in his role this coming season wasn’t a certainty given the arrival of Naismith High School Player of the year, freshman point guard Lonzo Ball.
Ali, a four-star recruit from Weston, Fl., averaged 3.9 points in 11.8 minutes per game as a freshman. The speculation is that Ball’s arrival will shift Bryce Alford from point guard to shooting guard. Ali was likely to serve as Alford’s primary backup. Continue reading →
Along with a new blue home jersey, the UCLA football team will have an alternate navy blue uniform, head coach Jim Mora said Friday at Pac-12 Media Day.
Mora worked with Adidas to redesign the primary home look due to recent complaints. The jersey was released on Twitter earlier this summer. The head coach said representing the alumni and the university “the way they want to be represented” is important to him, so he softened the blue color on the home jersey, changed the shine on the pants and extended the shoulder stripe.
“The players love the look, I love the look,” Mora said. “I think it’s traditional. We put the TV numbers back on the shoulders. I love the uniform. I’ve always been a traditionalist. To me, it’s as traditional as we can get in this day and age.”
Mora said the alternate uniform will be the same structure as the primary jersey, but with possibly a different font for the numbers and a different color. The jersey will be navy blue and the players will wear blue pants, Mora said.