Inside Wasserman Center

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UCLA officially unveiled Wasserman Football Center on Tuesday with a grand opening ceremony on campus. The athletic department released the above video that takes you inside the new $75-million facility. It shows the weight room, officially named the Troy Aikman Strength and Conditioning Center, which opens directly onto the practice field, the All-American Wall honoring UCLA’s past All-Americans, the team meeting room that overlooks the field and the team barbershop.

The Bruins start training camp Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at Spaulding Field.

UCLA slowly moving into new Wasserman Football Center

During the Wasserman Football Center’s construction, Jim Mora tried to walk through the future home of UCLA football as much as possible. Almost every day, he strolled through the construction site, watching as it took shape one room at a time. When days went by and he couldn’t see it, he asked for pictures, like a proud parent checking in on his child.

The head coach finally got to show off his prized possession Sunday during a private tour for players and their families before the facility’s official grand opening Tuesday.

It’s been a long time coming for Mora, whose contract extension in 2014 stipulated that if the school did not begin construction on a football-specific facility by October 2015, his buyout would be waived.

“It’s just very, very necessary to get this done to kind of keep up with what everyone else is doing,” Mora said Sunday, “and so I commend our chancellor and Dan (Guerrero) and everybody who put forth so much effort to get this building built. It’s spectacular.” Continue reading “UCLA slowly moving into new Wasserman Football Center” »

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.

Jim Mora wants to leave a ‘legacy’ with UCLA football

On Thursday morning, UCLA announced that Jim Mora and his family had given a significant donation to the Bruins’ new football facility, one that stood as the most ever by a sitting head coach.

Later that afternoon, the fourth-year coach talked about why he and his family decided to invest their own money into the program, and what it signaled about his commitment to UCLA.

“I would hope that it would put out any of those silly rumors that our opponents are using against us that I’m leaving,” he said. “I don’t know what more I can do to prove that I’m not leaving.” Continue reading “Jim Mora wants to leave a ‘legacy’ with UCLA football” »