UCLA suspends cornerback Ishmael Adams after arrest

UCLA has suspended cornerback Ishmael Adams indefinitely following the player’s arrest this weekend on suspicion of robbery.

Head coach Jim Mora announced the decision on Tuesday afternoon, several hours after Adams posted $100,000 bail and was released from jail. The redshirt junior will not play in the Bruins’ season opener against Virginia on Saturday, and does not have his first court date until Sept. 22.

Mora said that he and his staff emphasize that players have a responsibility “to represent the highest ideals and moral values,” and that their position on the team puts them under greater scrutiny. Continue reading

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UCLA breaks ground on new football, basketball facilities

UCLA officially broke ground on both the Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center this afternoon. Here’s a bit of footage to make you feel like you were right in the middle of the festivities.

Jim Mora thanked the Wasserman family for its contributions:

A virtual tour of what the football facility should look like:

A virtual tour of what the basketball facility should look like:

Both are projected for completion by around fall 2017.

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Josh Rosen officially named UCLA’s starting quarterback

Josh Rosen will be UCLA’s starting quarterback, head coach Jim Mora announced today.

The news comes more than eight months after the five-star freshman first enrolled as a Bruin, and ends a battle that pitted him against returning backup Jerry Neuheisel. Mora said he delivered the news to the quarterbacks this morning.

“You evaluate every little thing,” Mora said of the decision. “I can’t tell you that there’s a checklist, but you watch guys. … At some point, it just becomes apparent to you. You get a gut feeling. You’ve seen enough.”

UCLA, which returns its 10 other offensive starters, will opens the season against Virginia on Sept. 5 as the latest team to try and succeed with a true freshman behind center.

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