UCLA-USC rivalry roundup: Terry Donahue, Gary Beban look back on Bruin careers

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Here’s some of our UCLA and rivalry coverage this week.

» Terry Donahue was at UCLA for 20 years, but still thinks he left too early.
» Heisman winner Gary Beban reflects on the 1966 Rose Bowl, as well as the UCLA-USC rivalry.
» The Minnesota Vikings have five players from UCLA, and three from USC. Former Bruin linebacker Anthony Barr: “It’s pretty incredible when you think about it.”
» Reggie Bush still looms over the UCLA-USC recruiting battle, even 10 years after his last college game.
» Actors Timothy Olyphant (USC ’90) and Will Forte (UCLA ’93) teamed up to help raise money for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, appearing in a video that will play during Saturday’s game.
» Linebacker Jayon Brown has developed into a valuable player for a banged-up UCLA defense.
» Former UCLA walk-on Bob Myers, 40, has become one of the forces behind the Golden State Warriors.

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VIDEO: UCLA coach Jim Mora previews Bruins’ trip to Stanford

UCLA head coach Jim Mora talked to the media for the last time before the Bruins’ 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Stanford on Thursday. Here’s what he covered.

— On whether or not Stanford represents a significant hurdle for the team: “I think you make a mistake if you look at it like that. I think you have to look at it like one game. That’s always been our approach. … Once you start making one game more important than the other, you open yourself up to inconsistency.”

— On USC firing Steve Sarkisian yesterday: “He’s a friend of mine. Certainly, my heart goes out to him. I wish the best for him. I care about him.” Continue reading

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UCLA spring camp position review: Linebackers

UCLA linebackers watch during the Bruins' "Spring Showcase" at the Rose Bowl on April 24, 2015. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA linebackers watch during the Bruins’ “Spring Showcase” at the Rose Bowl on April 24, 2015. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

A program vying for the title of “Linebacker U” is about to enter what could be a very interesting season.

Anthony Barr needed just one offseason to turn himself into a dynamic pass rusher, and helped anchor the defense in Jim Mora’s first two seasons. Eric Kendricks was quietly consistent throughout his career, but peaked last fall on his way to a Butkus Award and UCLA’s all-time tackles record. Can Myles Jack seize that leadership role as well as his two predecessors?

All signs point to yes. Jack has impressed from almost the first practice snaps he took as a Bruin, and has proven himself to be one of the best cover linebackers in college football. While his sophomore season didn’t fulfill the all-world expectations set by his incredible two-way debut in 2013, he still finished with 87 tackles and seven pass breakups. Continue reading

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