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Word From Westwood - Nov. 13, 2012
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Nov. 13, 2012

It's Beat 'SC week. Those words speak for themselves on this campus. The fervor generated by the rivalry reaches a crescendo this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl, when the battle for Los Angeles football bragging rights is waged.

That said, as much as the players and coaches will be engaged in a meaningful football game on the field, they will treat one another with respect and sportsmanship. Everyone in Athletics asks you, the Bruin family, to do the same.

Bruins and Trojans to Lock Horns at the Rose Bowl
The 8-2 and #17-ranked UCLA football team returns to the pomp and circumstance of the Rose Bowl at noon on Saturday afternoon when it hosts its cross-town rival USC, with the Pac-12 South Division championship on the line.

Tickets remain for this game. For information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946).

Beat 'SC Bonfire and Rally Thursday Night
No other UCLA tradition has quite as much fanfare, nostalgia and excitement as the Beat 'SC Bonfire and Rally in Wilson Plaza. Held the week leading up to the UCLA-USC football game each year, this celebration embodies not only the rivalry, but also the tremendous spirit of UCLA students, the loyalty of fans and the love of generations of UCLA alumni.

Festivities get underway at 5:30 pm on Thursday with musical performances from student groups, with the rally starting at 6:00 pm. Head Coach Jim Mora will address the crowd, and the football team will be present for the event.

This year's bonfire and rally also serves as a prelude to the men's basketball game at 8 pm against James Madison.

For more information, click here.

Revelry Before the Rivalry Set For Friday Night
A reminder that the fifth-annual Revelry Before the Rivalry, one of UCLA Athletics' biggest fundraisers of the year, will be held this Friday, November 16, at the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

All proceeds from the event go directly to supporting the Wooden Athletic Fund and UCLA Athletics. UCLA coaches, staff and legends will be in attendance, and there will also be live entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction. To learn more, register or be a sponsor at this year's event, click here.

Men's Basketball Hosts Two Games at Pauley
Fresh off its season-opening victory against Indiana State last Friday night in the first sporting event contested in New Pauley Pavilion, the #13-ranked men's basketball team plays its two opening round games in the Progressive Legends Classic this week in Pauley.

The Bruins host UC Irvine tonight at 8:30 pm and James Madison on Thursday at 8 pm before playing their final two games in that tournament next Monday and Tuesday (November 19 and 20) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Tickets for the upcoming games are still available and can be purchased by visiting or calling 310-UCLA-WIN.

Road Test Awaits Women's Basketball Team
With its season-opening win against San Diego State at New Pauley last Saturday night now in the rear-view mirror, Coach Cori Close and the women's basketball team hits the road for a non-conference battle at Oklahoma.

The Bruins will return home to Pauley for a Friday, November 23 game against Notre Dame at Noon. For more information or to purchase tickets to that contest, please visit or call 310-UCLA-WIN.

Men's Volleyball Alumni Match Serves up Scates' Farewell
It's official: after 50 years at UCLA, legendary men's volleyball coach Al Scates has coached his last match in Pauley Pavilion. Sunday afternoon, before a raucous crowd, Scates coached the alumni against his former player and current coach John Speraw.

After the match, the athletic department held a reception for Scates, which included speeches from many of his former players, among them current UCLA Women's Volleyball Head Coach Michael Sealy and USA Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach and Bruin legend Karch Kiraly.

Olympic Sports Report

  • The #4-ranked men's soccer team won its fourth Pac-12 title in five years and eighth overall after defeating San Diego State, 2-1, on Friday at Drake Stadium. On Monday, the Bruins were seeded #6 overall in NCAA Tournament and will play either Cal State Northridge or San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 5 pm in a second round matchup at Drake Stadium.
  • The #4-ranked men's golf team won the Gifford Collegiate Championship, its fourth crown in the tournament's eight-year history, on Nov. 7 at the CordeValle Country Club in San Martin, Calif. The Bruins won by eight shots over Stanford after posting a score of 363 (+8) in the final round.
  • Representing the women's tennis team, sophomore Robin Anderson became the first UCLA player to capture a National Indoor title since 1995, as she cruised to a straight-set victory in the finals of the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Sunday. On the men's side, sophomore Dennis Novikov was beaten in the singles quarterfinals on Saturday at the 56th Annual Southern California Intercollegiate. These two tournaments mark the final men's and women's events of the fall season.
  • The #3-seeded women's soccer team defeated Wisconsin, 1-0, on Saturday and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. The Bruins will now take on Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 pm at San Diego State. If the Bruins win their second round game, they will play either San Diego State or California on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Noon at San Diego State.
  • The #5-ranked women's volleyball team earned its 19th and 20th victories of the season, defeating Colorado (3-0) and Utah (3-2), respectively. The Bruins will play their final match at the John Wooden Center this season against California on Thursday at 5pm. Then on Friday, UCLA volleyball returns to Pauley Pavilion as it takes on top-ranked Stanford at 7pm. Both matches will be streamed live online at
  • The #2-ranked men's water polo team improved to 24-2 overall and 6-0 in the MPSF over the weekend, defeating No. 3 Stanford (9-5) on Friday and No. 7 Pacific (13-10) on Sunday. The Bruins end the regular season with back-to-back live television games on the Pac-12 Networks at USC on Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. and then at home against UC Irvine the following day at 10:30 a.m.
  • The #15-ranked women's swimming and diving team improved to 8-0 on the season following victories over #16-ranked Arizona State and San Diego on Friday, and an upset win over #9-ranked Arizona on Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Center. The swimming team heads to the Arena Cup in Long Beach Nov. 15-17, while the diving squad will spend those same three days in Houston, Texas at the Phill Hansel Invitational.
  • The #27-ranked men's and #29-ranked women's cross country teams finished third and seventh, respectively, in the NCAA West Regionals on Friday in Seattle, Wash. In addition on Saturday, the men's squad received an at-large bid and will advance to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.

Thoughts from the Athletic Director

Pauley Pavilion has occupied a soft spot in my heart since my days as a student in the early 1970s. I am fortunate enough to have been in the arena for some magical moments over the years, and many of them are ingrained in my head. I am proud to say that after New Pauley Opening Weekend, three more moments can be added to the list: the first men's and women's basketball games in the facility, and the Title IX reception held in the Pavilion Club prior to the women's game.

The games were a celebration of each of those storied programs and their bright futures, with all the pomp and circumstance associated with the opening of a new building, especially considering how history and Pauley tend to go hand-in-hand. The Title IX event gave us a chance to truly reflect on the importance of UCLA's trailblazers in women's sports, from administrators to coaches and student-athletes, and was a poignant affair for all those who attended.

All three of these, as well as the building renovation and the other opening festivities, would not have been possible without the support of so many of you -- and I thank you.

In addition to those three events, the opening two weeks of New Pauley were downright amazing, and I want to personally thank all the UCLA Athletics legends who participated in our many ceremonies over the course of that time. They brought such class and dignity to all the events, and I am forever grateful.

Switching gears for a minute to the football field, I wanted to thank you for all the support you have shown that program all season long. Thanks to a very good home season so far at the Rose Bowl, we are in position to accomplish great things.

With our cross-town rivals from USC coming to the stadium Saturday, I remind you that it is imperative that we put our best foot forward as a university. Let's allow the rivalry to play itself out on the football field, not in the stands or the parking lots.

Go Bruins!

Dan Guerrero
UCLA Athletic Director

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