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Profile in Courage

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Not a UCLA story but inspiring nonetheless. Austin Hatch, a freshman basketball player at the U of Michigan next year, lost each of his parents in separate airplane crashes and was in a comma for weeks. He's just finishing his senior year at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. Be sure to read the SECOND link included in the Mercury News story (not the link to the LA Times). I can't imagine not rooting for this kid whenever and wherever he plays.

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Another Block Buster?

As some of you may know, I come from a journalism background. I'm also, ahem, long in the tooth - if that phrase still makes sense - and my career began years before the Watergate scandal. At any...

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On this day, a consideration of our role in the world

I've been posting on BN for a number of years, and it's now the first site I look at in the morning. It's not the most important site — stories in the mainstream media about war or peace, cruelty...

Chris Kluwe weighed in

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on the play that fractured the jaw of the Cincinnati Bengals punter.

Did Jim Harbaugh turn down Southern Cal?

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Haven't seen this on BN and don't know how much credence to place in this report.

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Block and Guerrero: The Latest Disgrace

And indeed there will be time ... Time for you and time for me, And time yet for a hundred indecisions And for a hundred visions and revisions * * * * * * * I have seen the moment of my...

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Chutzpah Corner (2)

Thought I'd start today with school lore of sorts, specifically, the University of Southern Cal. (Is that an oxymoron?) Wikipedia says this about Tommy Trojan: "Many people identify ... (it) as the...

The Chutzpah Corner

An irregular post spotlighting "questionable or amusing decisions" involving individuals with connections to UCLA or UCLA athletics.

Another View of Hundley and Mora

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I've written recently about Hundley's problems and wondered if a lack of confidence could be an issue. But here's a point of view that surprised me. It's by Grant Cohn, a UCLA graduate, who writes a post for the Press-Democrat. The first few paragraphs are concerned with the Raiders, but Cohn then goes on to say that Mora hamstrung Hundley by limiting his real options on the read-option. He then argues that Mora, in effect, threw Hundley under the bus after the Oregon game. BTW, and FWIW, Grant Cohn's father, Lowell, was a longtime sports writer for the SF Chronicle and now has a column for the Press-Democrat. Interesting stuff.

Harbaugh's Success v. Mora's Inconsistency

Comparing Jim Harbaugh's success and Jim Mora's inconsistency as leaders of the football team.

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New Monthly Award

The creaking, fragile world we live on has an abundance of stupidity, but since some decisions have an unintended element of hilarity, I've decided to present a monthly award to the most...

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The Roots of UCLA's Greatness

It's 1959. A freshman is making his way on the UCLA campus, trying not to get lost as he attends classes. Time may rule our lives, but it is an inconsistent marker when we use it to compare the...

Jon Gold, now writing

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for the Arizona Daily Star (in Tucson), has a story on the game with Oregon Saturday.

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Mazzone: Does Anyone Else

have the same feeling I do in watching one of his interviews? I'm not talking about his competence, which is very much in question these days. (And like everyone on BN, I would love to see him...

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Insights into UCLA's Conference Center

New insights into UCLA's new conference center.

UCLA Men's Soccer Beats No. 1 Indiana in Bloomington

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I think Bruins Nation had a tweet on this, and the game occurred several days ago, but the Daily Bruin has a full story, which is worth reading. Beating No. 1-ranked Indiana before a hostile crowd in Bloomington, is pretty impressive, in my eyes.

Jonathan Ogden's Hall of Fame speech

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He was the first up in Canton, Ohio. Nice to hear the references to UCLA.

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This May Be the Smoking Gun

I have been taking an increasingly critical view of Gene Block's performance for several years now. Mr. Block became chancellor in 2007. The report from the Center for Investigative Reporting...

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An Overheard Conversation

The scene: The Lake Arrowhead Conference Center where two men are deep in conversation. Despite the chilly night, they are imbued with purpose. And it is a special purpose - to discourage hope and...

Gene Block: A Disaster for UCLA

Chancellor Gene Block has been a disaster for UCLA.

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A Plea to Major Donors: Don't Contribute

The new buildings and facilities shine under the Westwood sun. Some are more impressive than others; some, perhaps, fill a greater need. But for the most part, they have contributed to making the...

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You're Right, Mexi,

I feel both thankful to you and a little sheepish. If I live another 30 years (unlikely at my age), I may not see an argument summarized more eloquently or thoughtfully than you did: "We, as a...

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Goodbye to All

I have truly loved writing for Bruins Nation, but I don't think I can continue to contribute. Once I say I'm Jewish, I suppose what follows is obvious, but I'll say it anyway. (And, yes, I know...

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There's Not Much Time Left, Chancellor

Another in a series of messages to Gene Block as the time nears to end or renew Dan Guerrero's contract. The voices of the past have gathered, the circle is unbroken, and the judgment seems...

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Two Things We Can Do

The uniforms folly is just more evidence — as if more were needed — of why Dan Guerrero has to go. I think what we all have to remember is that Gene Block is unlikely to make a change unless...

It's Time to Decide, Chancellor

A Bruin fan lets the UCLA Chancellor know how the history will judge him if he decides to retain the most incompetent athletic director in the country.

Coach's Wisdom

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Not sure if this youtube has been widely seen on BN (if it has, my apologies.) This is Coach giving a TED talk, and it's much longer than other videos I've seen. Like so many other reminders, Coach's insistence on character stands out.

Datone Jones

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Datone Jones was described on the nationalfootballpost website as one of the 10 players who stood out in practices for the Senior Bowl. Russ Lande said, "... we are further convinced of Jones' high talent level and good competitiveness ..."

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Mr. Simers, Please Take Your Pills

Dear Mr. Simers: It's been several weeks since readers have been treated to your wit and wisdom, and I feel obliged to add my comments. (Pay no attention to the voices saying, "His opinion is more...

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Kenny Heitz and John Vallely

I hope I didn't miss an earlier link to this story. It turns out there's a memorial service for Kenny Heitz, one of the great heroes of UCLA basketball, who died last summer of leukemia, scheduled...

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