Monday, May 25

Battle of the Editors: Bold predictions for 2020 from a Chip Kelly departure to a men’s basketball title

This post was updated Jan. 7 at 4:25 p.m. 2020 vision: As a new calendar year begins, the Daily Bruin Sports editors give their hottest takes about what could go down in the world of UCLA Athletics in 2020 – from coaching changes to championship teams. Read more...

Photo: (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Smith Says: Saturday’s game against USC may be Chip Kelly’s chance at redemption

Make no mistake, the Bruins’ matchup with the Trojans on Saturday is the most important game in Chip Kelly’s UCLA football coaching tenure. It has nothing to do with Kelly being on the hot seat – because he isn’t – but rather because he has a chance to prove himself in front of not only a fan base starved of success, but also a national audience that has placed him and his career on the back burner. Read more...

Photo: UCLA football coach Chip Kelly has a 7-15 record since coming to Westwood, well below his 46-7 mark across four seasons with Oregon. One of Kelly’s seven wins as a Bruin came against crosstown rival USC on Nov. 17, 2018. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


Tay’s Takedown: Lack of support for Division I men’s soccer teams reflects poorly

The Bruins have just one game left in their Pac-12 schedule. But the game will come against an opponent who isn’t even a true member of the conference, illustrating the underlying problems of Pac-12 men’s soccer. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s soccer will face off against San Diego State for its last Pac-12 match of the 2019 season. SDSU is a full member of the Mountain West Conference, with the Aztecs’ men’s soccer team the only team from SDSU to compete in the Pac-12. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin staff)


Meet Your Maikis: Performance of point guard critical to men’s basketball’s success this season

The Bruins’ success is going to revolve a lot around one position this season. When Jaylen Hands was drafted at the end of the 2018-2019 season, UCLA men’s basketball lost 31.2 minutes a game at the point guard position to the Brooklyn Nets. Read more...

Photo: In his first action returning from a torn ACL, redshirt freshman Tyger Campbell (left) commanded the point guard position for 27 minutes in UCLA men’s basketball’s 87-57 exhibition win over Stanislaus State, but junior guard Chris Smith (right) didn’t get any time running the point on Oct. 30. (Photo Illustration by Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


Un-Connon Opinions: Dorian Thompson-Robinson will be dynamic constant for UCLA football’s future

Dorian Thompson-Robinson had one message for fans this offseason – don’t be a fan later. The sophomore quarterback started a YouTube channel in June with that phrase serving as the title of his flagship series. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s passing yards per game, rushing yards per game, and passer rating have all improved from his freshman year to his sophomore campaign. Thompson-Robinson rushed for a career-high 66 yards against Stanford on Oct. 17. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)


Jacq’ed Up: Women’s soccer needs win against Stanford to boost shot at championship title

The Bruins only have one game this weekend, as opposed to the usual Thursday-to-Sunday turnaround. But that one game is the most important of their season. Read more...

Photo: UCLA women’s soccer will head to Palo Alto to face Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal beat the Bruins in the 2017 national title game and have won the matchup’s last five games. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Coral’s Quarrels: Student-athletes’ Olympic dreams shouldn’t conflict with collegiate season

When UCLA softball starts its 2020 season, the Bruins will have a chance to defend last year’s NCAA championship. But two of their best players will likely not be on the field. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt senior pitcher/first baseman Rachel Garcia led UCLA softball to a national championship last season, but will likely miss much of 2020 due to Olympic qualifiers with Team USA. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)



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