UCLA announces new basketball practice facility, estimated to cost $30-40 million

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UCLA will spend an estimated $30-40 million on a new basketball practice facility, the school announced Thursday afternoon.

The new building will be located near the Bruins’ home court of Pauley Pavilion, immediately south of the Los Angeles Tennis Center and west of the planned $50 million football facility. The school said private donations will fund the project — which will house practice gyms for both men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well locker rooms and a training area. Continue reading

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Report: Former UCLA player Tyler Honeycutt received pay, agent alleges

A former sports agent alleges that he paid former UCLA player Tyler Honeycutt with the hopes of signing him.

Noah Lookofsky told SB Nation that he began paying Honeycutt and his mother Lisa Stazel while the 6-foot-9 forward was preparing to enter his senior season at Sylmar High — eventually spending $55,800 on a player that eventually spurned him before becoming a second-round NBA draft pick.

Lookofsky provided SB Nation with documents and emails to support claims of payments for apartment rentals, flights, and the purchase of a Dodge Magnum. The relationship extended to spring of 2011, and potentially make Honeycutt ineligible for his entire UCLA career. Continue reading

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UCLA will appeal to stay in Jackie Robinson Stadium

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The Bruins will fight to keep their home.

UCLA announced Tuesday that it will appeal a ruling that forces its baseball team out of Jackie Robinson Stadium. U.S. District judge S. James Otero ruled this August that the Department of Veterans Affairs had misused its West Los Angeles campus by leasing land to various tenants, including the Bruins’ national championship team.

The land was deeded in 1888 for providing a home for disabled veterans. By not using it to provide health care for veterans, Otero’s decision stated, Veterans Affairs is in violation of federal law. The ACLU sued VA in June 2011 on behalf of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.

In addition to Jackie Robinson Stadium, parts of the 387-acre property are leased out to 10 other companies and businesses, including the Brentwood School, a hotel laundry and film studio storage lot. Continue reading

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Details from John Savage’s max $1.125 million extension

After winning UCLA baseball’s first-ever national championship, head coach John Savage was rewarded with a contract extension that pays him up to $1.025 million annually, plus a $100,000 signing bonus. His previous contract maxed out at $501,000.

The UC regents officially approved the contract on Sept. 18. USC reportedly offered Savage over $1 million after he won the College World Series in June.

The terms make Savage, who also won multiple national coach of the year honors this summer, among the highest-paid college baseball coaches in the country. LSU’s Paul Mainieri earns $750,000 in annual guaranteed salary.

The particulars from Savage’s contract, which runs through 2025: Continue reading

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UCLA announces plans for $50 million football facility

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UCLA officially announced today its plan to construct a new football facility west of Spaulding Field. Projected to cost $50 million, the project will provide new locker rooms, training areas, offices, and meeting, video and equipment rooms.

The project would help put the Bruins on pace with many other programs in the Pac-12 and across the country. UCLA will launch a fundraising campaign to cover the costs.

“There is so much history here and so many incredible players and moments to celebrate,” head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “I love the challenge to get after this, and I know our donors will step up. … We talk about family within our program, and now, we need the entire UCLA family to join us on this endeavor.”

The football team’s current training areas in the Acosta Athletic Training Center may be converted for use by multiple sports. Changes could be made to the strength and conditioning area, tutoring space and dining hall. Continue reading

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