#53 UCLA Bruins: College Football 77 in 77

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Did UCLA make a splash hire with Jim Mora Jr. as their new coach? Or is it just going to be more malaise carrying over from the Rick Neuheisel era? He didn’t leave the cupboard empty; he recruited quite well, but just didn’t do anything with it. UCLA is certainly a college basketball school, and “basketball on grass” is certainly not a style of college football played in Westwood.

They’ve tossed just 27 TD passes the past two years, everyone else in the pass happy Pac-12 has thrown at least 33.

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UCLA vs. Illinois: Brutally Honest Fight Hunger Bowl Preview

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Ever since the bowl matchups were announced, everyone has picked on the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl for being the the worst matchup of them all. The New Year’s Eve game features not one but both teams playing under interim coaches because the regular head coach was recently canned.

And both teams made dubious “history” on the way here. Illinois comes in riding a six-game losing streak, after starting 6-0. Before the 2011 Illini, no team in FBS history had started 6-0 and finished 6-6. Their opponent is 6-7 UCLA, who required an NCAA waiver to compete in this game despite a losing record. So these traditional college basketball powers play in a college football game with a combined 12-13 record. Ack.

On top of that, UCLA has four players ineligible for the game, including backup quarterback Richard Brehaut. Illinois has two ineligible, including leading rusher Jason Ford.

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College Football 77 in 77: #69 UCLA Bruins

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As beautiful as the women and weather are in Westwood, California, that’s how ugly the passing game is. It’s unfathomable to think this college football program once produced Troy Aikman, Tommy Maddox, Cade McKnown, Jay Schroeder and Steve Bono when you consider the UCLA Bruins finished 116th in passing last year and 104th in scoring. The passing game was LAUGHABLY BAD.

So was the job security of the coaching staff. Bruins assistant coaches had a lot in common with “YouTube Sensation” Alexandra Wallace, the babe who posted idiotic racist Anti-Asian ramblings on in the internet a couple days after the tsunami in Japan.

Both were forced to leave UCLA after thoroughly showing the campus how much they suck at life.

By Paul M. Banks

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You Can Bid for the Center Court of UCLA Pauley Pavilion!

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This is a very rare opportunity indeed. The chance to bid on an important piece of college basketball history; a public auction for the original (1965-82) UCLA Pauley Pavilion center court section (jump circle). Bidding will be open to registered bidders on SCP Auctions on Friday, April 15 and conclude on Saturday, April 30.

Measuring 12 feet in diameter, this original round section of the Pauley Pavilion court was ground zero for one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports for 17 seasons. Home to UCLA athletic teams since 1965, the original court was the home of eight NCAA men’s national championship teams and the Bruins’ first women’s NCAA national championship team in 1978.

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