Sunday, May 24

Smith Says: Unreasonable expectations meant Lonzo Ball’s Laker tenure was doomed from start

Lonzo Ball’s time in Los Angeles appears to be coming to an end. But that begs the question – why so soon? The Lakers selected the former Bruin guard with the No. Read more...

Photo: Former UCLA men’s basketball guard Lonzo Ball has been involved in recent trade talks despite being in just his second NBA season. Ball is currently averaging 9.9 points and 5.4 assists per game for the Los Angeles Lakers. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Un-Connon Opinions: Best bet for men’s basketball coach might be overlooked amid lackluster prospects

There have been a lot of names thrown out there for the UCLA men’s basketball head coaching job. The thing is, I’m just not impressed. John Beilein and Tony Bennett aren’t going anywhere. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s basketball is in the midst of another coaching search, with popular candidates being Virginia’s Tony Bennett and Nevada’s Eric Musselman – but Marquette coach Steve “Wojo” Wojciechowski should be the Bruins’ top choice. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Un-Connon Opinions: UCLA football will grow under Chip Kelly, while USC will head into a slump

UCLA and USC football are at a crossroad yet again. The Trojans’ recently hired offensive coordinator, Kliff Kingsbury, jumped ship to take the Arizona Cardinals’ head coaching job Tuesday. Read more...

Photo: UCLA football finished 3-9 in 2018 after a historic 0-5 start to the season. The Bruins defeated their crosstown rival 34-27 on Nov. 17 to hand the Trojans their sixth loss, one week prior to USC’s matchup with then-No. 3 Notre Dame. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Smith Says: In the post-Alford era, UCLA’s faster tempo gives it a shot at a Pac-12 title

This coming offseason for UCLA men’s basketball will be a pivotal one. The program is expected to launch an expansive coaching search for Steve Alford’s replacement, and while the Bruins accomplished just a 7-6 nonconference record including home losses to Belmont and Liberty, do not write off this season’s team. Read more...

Photo: Murry Bartow has led the Bruins to wins over Stanford and California in his first two games as UCLA men’s basketball’s interim coach. The Bruins averaged 95.5 points and 80 possessions in those two contests. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

Gabe’s Grumbles: Men’s volleyball has opportunity to find balance between new, experienced players

The 2019 season is set to feature new faces on the volleyball court. No. 2 UCLA men’s volleyball has entered the new season, not necessarily in a rebuilding year phase after the success of last season, but instead has to balance new players with the leftovers from last year’s team. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s volleyball will combine new talent with the remaining members of the team that advanced to the NCAA championship final last season. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

Fresh Off the Grill: Insights into UCLA Athletics’ search for Alford’s successor

The search for Steve Alford’s replacement has begun. Following the firing of the UCLA men’s basketball coach Monday morning and the appointment of assistant coach Murry Bartow as the interim head coach, the athletic department said the search for a new coach will begin immediately. Read more...

Photo: UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero announced the firing of men’s basketball coach Steve Alford midway through the 2018-2019 season Monday morning. (Daily Bruin file photo)

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