Sunday, May 24

Fresh Off the Grill: After record-breaking, viral season, gymnastics enters NCAA title defense

UCLA is a gymnastics school. For the last three months, Bruin fans, young gymnasts and celebrities across the nation have been enamored with the Olympic gold medalists and viral sensations that headline UCLA gymnastics. Read more...

Photo: Senior Katelyn Ohashi has become a viral sensation for UCLA gymnastics this season. After she notched her first perfect 10 of the year on floor exercise Jan. 12, her routine has become the most-watched sports video on social media this year. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Un-Connon Opinions: Pac-12 mayhem demonstrates larger institutional incompetence

It’s been said time and time again, but I think that’s for a good reason – it’s true. The Pac-12 is a mess. And “mess” is a bit of an understatement. Read more...

Photo: The Pac-12 is the only Power Five conference to run its own independent television station, while its peers have relied on Fox Sports and ESPN to runs their programming for them. DirecTV and Verizon Fios customers cannot get access to the Pac-12 Network. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Un-Connon Opinions: Rick Pitino is the last person UCLA should pick to replace Alford

It has come to my attention that some fans want the next coach of UCLA men’s basketball to be two-time NCAA champion Rick Pitino. Hell no. Read more...

Photo: Former Kentucky and Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino has 770 career wins, good for 13th-most in NCAA history. Pitino has won national championships in 1996 and 2013. (Creative Commons photo by Adam Glanzman via Flickr)

Jack’s Facts: USC water polo coach indicted, but successful team should still keep titles

Although Jovan Vavic ruled collegiate water polo for years, UCLA should just be glad he’s gone. The former USC men’s and women’s water polo coach was fired from both positions after he was indicted Tuesday for accepting bribes in order to help students get into USC through the athletics department. Read more...

Photo: Former USC men’s and women’s water polo coach Jovan Vavic was a five-time National Coach of the Year and 13-time MPSF Coach of the Year. Vavic was fired Tuesday as a result of the racketeering allegations related to the college bribery scandal. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

Wang’s Word: UCLA Athletics damages its reputation by recruiting fake athletes

Forget for a brief moment the celebrities who were indicted for buying their kids’ admissions to some of the top colleges in the country. And forget about the numerous qualified high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds who overcame the obstacles in their lives, only to be denied admission in favor of the human equivalent of fool’s gold. Read more...

Photo: UCLA Athletics has provided minimal clarification to the nationwide athletics admission scandal. One coach and two athletes have been connected to UCLA as of Wednesday. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Smith Says: Men’s basketball should not play in NIT to prepare for next season

The Bruins probably aren’t making it to the NCAA tournament. However, a strong finish to conference play and a couple wins in the Pac-12 tournament could help UCLA men’s basketball secure an invite to the National Invitational Tournament – a competition comprised of the 32 schools who came closest to making the cut. Read more...

Photo: Under former coach Steve Alford, UCLA men’s basketball missed the NCAA tournament one time. The Bruins did not go to the NIT that season, and they haven’t accepted a bid to the tournament since 1986. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)

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