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Updated: 2018-01-23T13:20:15-08:00

 



UCLA’s Coaching Staff is Finalized as Dana Bible is Hired as QB Coach

2018-01-23T13:20:15-08:00

The long-time coach brings experience to the offensive side of the ball. UCLA released the following press release today: For Immediate Release – Jan. 23, 2018 UCLA Football Announces Coaching Staff UCLA head football coach Chip Kelly recently finalized his coaching staff and their assignments for the 2018 season. Dana Bible joins the UCLA staff as quarterbacks coach after a career which has included stints as an offensive coordinator at both the NFL and collegiate levels. He has coached such current NFL quarterbacks as Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan and Mike Glennon. Roy Manning will serve as the Bruins’ outside linebackers coach and special teams coach. He comes to UCLA after a three-year stint at Washington State as outside linebackers coach. Last year, the Cougars owned one of the highest-ranking defenses in the Pac-12. Manning, a former player at the University of Michigan who played in the NFL for three seasons, also has coaching experience at his alma mater and the University of Cincinnati. Vince Oghobaase (oh-guh-BAH-see) has been named defensive line coach. He joins the Bruin staff after working the previous two seasons in the NFL as the San Francisco 49ers’ assistant defensive line coach. Oghobaase played collegiately at Duke University and finished his career ranked among the top 10 at the school in both sacks and tackles for loss. Returning to UCLA for the 2018 campaign are wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty, running backs coach DeShaun Foster, offensive line coach Hank Fraley and Angus McClure, who returns to coaching the tight end position. In his first season with the Bruins, Dougherty’s receiving group helped establish a new school record for most passing yards in a season (4,478 yards), a total which ranked second in the Pac-12. In 2017, Foster’s Bruin running backs upped their rushing average per carry by almost a yard per attempt. Rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns and rushing first downs all went up for the Bruins. UCLA ranked third in the conference in total offense. The top four running backs each produced career-high rushing totals during the season and generated new highs for receptions. Coach Fraley’s offensive line group improved its rushing output by almost a full yard per carry from 2016 totals. Rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns and rushing first downs all moved in a positive direction for the Bruins. McClure, who has more than 20 years of coaching experience, will return to the staff for a 12th season. In 2012, he began coaching the defensive line, having previously worked with tight ends, offensive line and special teams since arriving in Westwood in 2007. McClure will once again coach the tight ends in 2018. As defensive line coach, McClure has seen one of his linemen selected in eight of the past 10 NFL drafts, including five straight years. Also of note is the fact that a Bruin defensive lineman has been chosen in the first round in three of the last five drafts. Coach Kelly previously had announced the hiring of Jerry Azzinaro as the defensive coordinator, Don Pellum as inside linebackers coach and Paul Rhoads as defensive backs coach. The Bruins are scheduled to open the 2018 season on September 1st in the Rose Bowl against Cincinnati. That is the first of seven home contests, including dates in Pasadena against nationally-ranked teams from Washington (Oct. 6), USC (Nov. 17) and Stanford (Nov. 24). For season ticket information, please visit uclabruins.com/tickets. If you’ve been following along with the updates on the coaching staff, this shouldn’t be news to you. Most of those names had been rumored and reported on for a few weeks now, with Azzinaro, Pellum, and Rhoads being officially hired back in December. The only real news with this release is the official announcement that Dana Bible will take over as QB coach. Since he is the new coach here, let’s focus on Dana Bible really quickly. Bible has been coaching since 1976, and has overall been coaching for 35 years, mostly in college as a QB/OC at a variety of spots. As the press release noted, he has[...]



UCLA Basketball Lands 5-Star Center Moses Brown

2018-01-22T12:13:46-08:00

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Brown fielded offers from Florida State and Maryland, but has chosen to play for the Bruins. 

UCLA got a huge commitment today for the 2018 class from five-star center Moses Brown out of Archbishop Molloy in New York City. Brown is ranked No. 21 in the 247Sports Composite.

He is a skilled player and every year his high school coach feared that he would leave for a basketball powerhouse prep school. But instead, Brown chose to stay home. According to the New York Post, “I just think it’s better, being in the city playing basketball,” Brown said. “Everybody knows who you are, and you get more attention.” His coach claims that he can catch anything within his wing span and has greatly improved on all fronts since starting high school basketball.

He is 7-foot-2 and was named a McDonald’s All-American, the first New York City native who attended high school in the five boroughs to get selected since Isaiah Whitehead in 2014.

Here are highlights from the UAA finals, thanks to Court Cred. I think the first thing you’ll notice is his size compared to other players his age:

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Welcome to Westwood, Moses!

Go Bruins!




UCLA Basketball’s Defense is Historically Awful and is Going to Keep Them Out of the NCAA Tourney

2018-01-22T12:00:02-08:00

UCLA has the worst defense in the Alford Era and it’s even worse than his team with a losing record. UCLA is on course to miss the NCAA tournament this year. ESPN’s Bracketology, UCLA is now in the “next four out.” In other words, UCLA is outside even the bubble. More interesting, Washington is now ahead of UCLA on the “first four out” bubble. The reason is obvious. Even though Kenpom is more optimistic with UCLA at #59 in his overall ranking, his defense ranking for UCLA is now the WORST of the Alford era at #134. This is incredible considering the 2015-16 team was terrible on defense and had some very bad athletes and raw players. It is also almost a hundred spots worse than his best team in his first year at #37. That team had some great athletes too, but, quite frankly, I think this team has better potential. More importantly, that team had a bunch of Howland veterans who were taught defense. I also believe the defense is key to our offense. This team is not very good in the set offense and that was obvious in the loss to Oregon. While Holiday sitting was a big factor too (he only played 10 minutes in the disastrous first half), the defense let Oregon shoot 56% with zero turnovers in the first half. UCLA’s comeback began with a tighter defense that held Oregon to 38% and led to 8 turnovers and 13 points off turnovers in the second half. So, let’s address the defense. Is there talent here and potential for good defense? Let’s compare to Alford’s best defensive team with this year. (NOTE: this is only on the defensive side of the court. 2014’s team had the players in different positions on the offense side starting with MVP and point guard Kyle Anderson, who never played that position on defense.) Center 2013-14 Travis Wear v. 2017-18 Thomas Welsh No comparison, Thomas Welsh is much better than Travis Wear. Stats can make the case here. Welsh has almost as many blocks (23 v. 20) and OVER twice as many rebounds (75 v. 157) in 17 less games. Welsh is a legitimate center on defense who helps out other defenders and does a good job on the defensive boards. Wear was a poor rebounding four playing center. EDGE: Big 2018 Power Forward David Wear v. GG Goloman These two are actually on a similar pace on defense rebounds for the season in similar minutes. GG leads his team and has three times as many blocks already this year (22 to 7) and again a similar pace on steals. However, I have to be intellectually honest in that stats do not tell the story here. David was an adequate post defender. GG is not a good defender who often gambles which helps his stats. In addition, GG has been bad rebounding in the Pac-12 with 2 or less rebounds in 5 of his 8 Pac-12 games. That is ugly. EDGE: 2014 Small Forward: Kyle Anderson v. Kris Wilkes Kyle Anderson led his UCLA team in defensive rebounds, blocks and was second in steals. As far as stats, Kyle was awesome. However, Kyle was not a good man-to-man defender. While big and long, his nickname was “slow-mo.“ Kyle relied on smarts and effort on the boards. Kris Wilkes is on a similar pace on blocks as Anderson. But, unlike Anderson, Wilkes combination of size, strength and speed to credibly cover anyone on a switch but a tall center. Wilkes has the athletic ability to an elite defender. Edge: 2018. This is on potential. Anderson was the MVP of that team. Wilkes may be the best combination of size, strength and speed on this team. Shooting Guard: Jordan Adams v. Prince Ali Adams led UCLA in steals and there is no way anyone on this year’s team is going to catch up to him. Adams as the two guard was the second leading rebounder on the team, which is an obscene stat. Adams was the defensive stopper on the team the year before and the number 2 defender on this year’s team. While not the most athletically gifted, he was, like Anderson, a smart defender. Prince Ali is tied for second on the team in steals and is sixth in rebounding. While a great vertical leaper, Ali has struggled at [...]



UCLA Football Lands Commitment from 3-Star ATH Patrick Jolly, Jr.

2018-01-21T15:56:04-08:00

Jolly had been committed to Central Florida, but re-opened his recruitment in late December. It’s been a pretty quiet month for football recruiting. Sure, the UCLA Bruins landed Chris Murray at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but, since then, there hasn’t been much news. That changed this afternoon when 3-star ATH Patrick Jolly, Jr. announced his commitment to UCLA Football on Twitter. Very Humbled to say I’ve committed to the university of California Los Angeles‼️ #8clap #4sup pic.twitter.com/z4eYbalyJG— ραтяι¢к jσℓℓу jя. 25☆ (@patrickjr_) January 21, 2018 So yeah, that happened. UCLA was M.I.A. for 3⁄4 of this game, and paid the price for it, and now drop to 13-7, 4-4 in the Pac-12. The box score of this game would lead you to believe that UCLA simply got unlucky, as they ended the game having shot 27-52 from the field for 51.9%, along with 11-24 (45.8%) from deep and 26-32 from the FT line. Meanwhile, Oregon went 32-67 (47.8%) from the field, and had the same number of 3’s made as the Bruins on 8 more shot attempts. Oregon only had 1 more assist than the Bruins (19-18) and 2 more rebounds (31-29). But that’s also why this running diary was so effective, because it allows me to show that UCLA was real bad in the first half, and couldn’t dig themselves out of a hole with an unconscious final 5 or so minutes. UCLA could not make shots in the first half. Holiday had to sit for a long period with 3 fouls, and the rest of the team (minus Welsh) looked lost without him, though they didn’t look so great in that first half with him to begin with. And Oregon was able to do whatever they wanted on offense. Frankly, that continued into the second half, and Oregon was able to do pretty-much whatever throughout the game. the final run by UCLA was helped along by Oregon missing open shots they had sunk throughout the game. The only Duck who was immune to the miasma of awful at the end was, of course, Payton Pritchard, who calmly sank 4 FTs to put the game away, and always seemed to come up with a big shot or assist whenever the Ducks needed it. The Bruins did stage a furious rally late, and credit to the team for not giving up, but you have to take the vinegar with the sugar, as that furious rally is not needed if the Bruins had bothered to show up for the 7:21 tip-off. Kris Wilkes led the Bruins with 21 points. Thomas Welsh led the team with 10 rebounds, while Aaron Holiday led the team with 5 assists. Payton Pritchard led the Ducks with 25 points. 3 Takeaways Player of the Game: Thomas Welsh - Welsh was the steadying force for the Bruins throughout the game, patiently keeping the team close while waiting for his teammates to show up. UCLA doesn’t make this comeback if Welsh doesn’t have the game he does. Area of concern: Effort - Make no mistake, this was a must-win for UCLA’s dwindling NCAA tournament chances, so it was especially galling to see UCLA look as lackadaisical as they were through 3⁄4 of this game. UCLA continually allowed wide-open 3-pointers and easy drives in the paint, and couldn’t stop turning the ball over (they only had 9 made FGs at halftime). It’s not surprising that, once the effort finally showed up, UCLA was able to close the gap (helped along by some poor shooting from Oregon), but the fact that it took 30 minutes before most of UCLA’s players decided to show up is inexcusable, no matter how “young” they are. Dana Altman: Good Coach - I can’t stress enough just how much having a good coach led to the ending of this game. UCLA had ALL of the momentum late in this game, and Oregon couldn’t buy a shot to save their lives, so, down 3 with a minute left, UCLA ran a play out of a timeout to give Thomas Welsh a 3-point shot that they didn’t need at that moment. Meanwhile, after a shot clock violation, Dana Altman had his team intentionally foul the Bruins to prevent a game-tying 3-point attempt that could have sent the game into overtime. The Brui[...]