The Many, Many Talents Of UCLA's Brilliant Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson learned to walk three days shy of his first birthday. That same day, his father reports, he began playing basketball. This sweet story is most likely an old crock of beans simmering on the family stove, but it does get at what makes the UCLA sophomore so special: He plays like a natural. He makes it look… » 3/27/14 6:27pm 3/27/14 6:27pm

The Independent Review Into PAC-12 Referee-Bribing Allegations Is In

And it makes no sense. The PAC-12 "engaged" the oddly-named firm Ice Miller, LLP to conduct an independent review into allegations that former head of officiating Ed Rush bribed game officials into T'ing up Sean Miller for disputing a call at the end of Arizona's semifinal loss to UCLA in this year's PAC-12 tournament. » 6/02/13 8:10pm 6/02/13 8:10pm

10 Years Later, Steve Alford Has Been Shamed Into An Insincere Apology

This was Steve Alford, speaking last week during his introductory press conference as UCLA's new head basketball coach. Alford was asked about his handling of sexual assault allegations against Pierre Pierce when Pierce played for Alford at Iowa 10 years ago: » 4/12/13 5:15pm 4/12/13 5:15pm

Meet Steve Alford, UCLA's Future Former Basketball Coach

Few people have perfected the art of professional escape like Steve Alford, the newly former New Mexico coach who is now the future former coach of UCLA. Nine days after getting drummed out of the NCAA tournament by Haaarvaaard and two days before his 10-year, $20 million contract with the Lobos was to kick in—along… » 4/02/13 2:20pm 4/02/13 2:20pm

UCLA Has Its First New Basketball Coach In 11 Years: The Architect Of…

Steve Alford, a well-known name in basketball since he was a coach's favorite on the Hoosiers teams of the mid-80s, has signed on to replace Ben Howland at UCLA. As pointed out in Andy Katz's report, Alford's new contract with UCLA means breaking an almost equally new contract with New Mexico, where Alford had been… » 3/30/13 1:45pm 3/30/13 1:45pm

Shabazz Muhammad Is Exactly One Year Older Than We All Thought

Yesterday, as UCLA was gearing up for its first tournament game (an upset loss to Minnesota), the Los Angeles Times published a profile of the father of Pac-12 freshman of the year Shabazz Muhammad. The piece revealed, among other odd things, that he had been lying about his son's age for some time—in a separate… » 3/23/13 10:15am 3/23/13 10:15am

All The Angry Emails Sent To UCLA By Fans Who Hated The Ugly New…

Three weeks ago, Adidas rolled out special basketball uniforms for Cincinnati, Kansas, Baylor, UCLA, Louisville, and Notre Dame, to be worn in the teams' conference tournaments. Each uniform featured Zubaz-like camo shorts, camo shoes, and three of the uniforms—UCLA, Louisville and Baylor—came with sleeves ("designed to … » 3/21/13 4:35pm 3/21/13 4:35pm

Here's A Photo Of UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland, In A Tracksuit, Playing…

From the game day campout live-blog at the Daily Bruin (and via Twitter), here's a picture of notoriously sorta grumpy UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland, looking extremely relaxed last night in advance of today's game against #11 ranked Arizona at Pauley Pavilion (9 p.m. EST, ESPN). » 3/02/13 2:55pm 3/02/13 2:55pm

To Avoid Criticism, Shabazz Muhammad Must Collapse With Joy When His…

Shabazz Muhammad is proving a good canary in the coal mine for figuring out if we've dispensed with the superstar-athlete-doesn't-care-about-team-play concern trolling as we've grown more sophisticated about the complexity of the NCAA and the intellectual laziness of humping tired sports cliches. We haven't, it turns… » 2/09/13 4:00pm 2/09/13 4:00pm

The Most Recent Fainting Spell Over Shabazz Muhammad Distills NCAA…

Shabazz Muhammad spent the first three games of UCLA's season—and his college career—sitting on the bench while the NCAA deliberated on whether he'd committed a minor infraction that he'd specifically been advised not to worry about when he committed it. When he was finally reinstated, he got back on the floor just in … » 1/26/13 11:00am 1/26/13 11:00am

T.J. Simers Believes UCLA Threw The Stanford Game, And Hijacked Jim…

UCLA already has the Pac-12 South clinched. Their opponent in the championship game would be either Stanford or Oregon, depending on whether the Bruins won or lost against the Cardinal on Saturday. Well, UCLA lost, 35-17, and they'll have their rematch in just four days. Where the rest of us see one of those quirks of … » 11/26/12 4:30pm 11/26/12 4:30pm