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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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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Myles Jack named a Sporting News preseason All-American

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the only Bruin picked by the Sporting News as a preseason All-American. He is pictured here during UCLA's 42-30 loss to Oregon on Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the only Bruin picked by the Sporting News as a preseason All-American. He is pictured here during UCLA’s 42-30 loss to Oregon on Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack was picked as a preseason All-American by the Sporting News, his second such honor this month.

The junior was a second-team selection, echoing his spot on Phil Steele’s list two weeks ago, and was the only Bruin picked.

Three Pac-12 players made the Sporting News’ preseason All-American first team: Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, and USC safety Su’a Cravens.

Joining Jack on the second team are Cal kick returner Trevor Davis, Utah punter Tom Hackett, and USC center Max Tuerk and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.

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JJ Molson commits to UCLA as the Bruins’ kicker of the future

UCLA has found its next kicker.

The Bruins received a commitment from JJ Molson on Thursday morning, one day after they extended a scholarship offer to the Montreal native. Molson is currently ranked the No. 2 kicker in the class of 2016 by Chris Sailer, the country’s foremost evaluator of the position.

Molson will arrive on campus to succeed Ka’imi Fairbairn, who is entering his senior season. Fairbairn has been reliable from short range throughout his career, but is 11 of 22 on attempts of at least 40 yards.

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