October 4, 2011
Members of the Bruin Family,
Welcome to Word from Westwood, my new weekly blog. In this blog, I plan to give you, our fans and supporters everywhere, the opportunity to view the goings-on of the UCLA athletic department, as well as intercollegiate athletics as a whole, through my eyes on a regular basis. Given the proud tradition and history we have at UCLA, this should give each of you who have been so supportive of all of our teams a perspective that you haven't previously enjoyed.
This is not intended, however, to be a one-way street of communication. As you will see below in the Ask Dan section, I will answer at least one question submitted by a member of the Bruin Family each week.
Without further ado, let's get down to the business at hand ...
Football News & Notes
It will be great to have the football team back in the Rose Bowl this Saturday against Washington State (7:30 pm kickoff) after back-to-back road games. Coming away with a split from games in Corvallis and Palo Alto the last two weeks puts us in a tie for second place in the Pac-12 South heading into the meat of the conference schedule.
Three of the next four games will be at home, and I look forward to seeing each of you in your Bruin blue at the Rose Bowl in the coming weeks. Tickets are still available for each of the home games by calling 310/UCLA-WIN or visiting uclabruins.com and clicking on the `Tickets' tab.
Jumping back a week to our trip to Corvallis, I had the chance to visit the offices of adidas America in Portland with over 100 of our top donors and corporate sponsors. As is always the case, the great people at adidas rolled out the red carpet for the UCLA family and gave us a very informative presentation on the advanced materials and the innovation behind our uniforms. Today, I am excited to let you in on the fact that we are working on some meaningful changes to our current adidas TECHFIT football uniforms for this season and beyond.
Men's Basketball Update
There has been a lot in the news lately about the NBA lockout, and many of you have reached out to your contacts within the athletic department to ask if we are going to move any of our home games to STAPLES CENTER. Though we are flattered by the attention, the schedule is set (in terms of venues), and we are excited about the partnerships we have in place with the venues where we have decided to play our home games. That being said, the inaugural Pac-12 conference tournament will be at STAPLES CENTER this year. Additionally, the conference is exploring other cities and venues for the men's and women's tournaments for future years, so stay tuned for updates on that.
Olympic Sports Roundup
Our Olympic sports teams put together another impressive weekend: The women's volleyball team, ranked #2 in the country, swept Colorado and Utah on the road ... Women's soccer, also #2 in the nation, shut out both Oregon and Oregon State at home ... Men's soccer (#13) blanked both Cal and Stanford on the weekend and men's water polo (#2) defeated USC on Sunday to take third place (out of 16 teams) in the SoCal Tournament. Overall, our conference has 23 Top 10-ranked Olympic sports teams in their respective polls this week.
As the Men's Basketball team prepares for the 2011-12 Bruin Road Show season, our Development team has turned some of its focus toward the reopening of Pauley Pavilion in Fall 2012. Each of our over 2,500 season ticket holders will have the opportunity to select their own new seat location through the online seat selection process that began in August and will continue through early November. Through today, about 25 percent of our season ticket holders have selected their new seats and we will continue with around 85 appointments per day for the remainder of the process.
To learn more, I invite you to explore the resources at Pauley Pavilion Seat Selection Central and, as always, our Development team will be happy to help over the phone at (310) 206-3302.
Field Trip To Texas
With all the expansion and realignment talk dominating the college sports landscape, I must say it was an interesting time to be a part of the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association Annual Meeting last week in Dallas. Conference Expansion dominated the "sidebar" conversation most of the two-plus days we were together. I am gratified that our conference had decided to stay at 12 members for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are the stability of a 12-team conference format, the overall welfare of our student-athletes, and the ability to maintain the traditional rivalries that have existed from our conference's inception.
As I mentioned earlier, I will be answering at least one question from a fan each week. Please submit your question to firstname.lastname@example.org - please do not submit more than one question per person.
Again, I wanted to thank each of you for the incredible support you have provided for UCLA Athletics throughout the years. Without the help from all of you in the Bruin family, the coaches and student-athletes in our program could not enjoy the success that makes this a great athletic program. That being said, we all need to stick together in these challenging times to ensure that UCLA continues to be the premier athletic department in the country.
Director of Athletics, UCLA