Word From Westwood - January 24, 2012
Jan. 24, 2012
Many of us in the UCLA family have been impacted a great deal by the man whom we will forever refer to simply as Coach: the late John R. Wooden. Whether it is in regards to what he accomplished at UCLA, his Pyramid of Success, or just a passing reference, many of us owe a lot to Coach and we are forever grateful to him.
What we sometimes don't realize is the enormous impact that his teachings and principles have on people all over the world. In fact, I was humbled two weeks ago when I learned that four basketball coaches from Uganda will be visiting the UCLA campus this week to learn more about Coach Wooden.
Why all the way from Uganda you may ask? The answer is actually quite astounding: authorities in Uganda use Coach Wooden's teachings, the same ones that we cite virtually every day, to rehabilitate some of the young guerrilla warriors in that country.
Hearing that not only makes us realize how fortunate we were to have Coach Wooden right here at UCLA, but also reminds us that his lessons continue to resonate on a global scale.
Howland's Men Look to Get Back on Track at Home
The Utes have struggled in their first year in the league and will visit the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Thursday night at 7:30 pm, but the Buffs have been one of the conference's surprise teams and will come calling at 1 pm Saturday. That game will mark the halfway point of the conference regular season schedule.
"Ed-O" Proves You Can Come Home Again
Last summer and fall, O'Bannon commuted between his home in Las Vegas and campus to finish the coursework needed for his degree. He recently completed his requirements to major in History, has graduated from UCLA and will be participating in graduation ceremonies this Spring.
How about one more 8-clap for Ed-O?
Success Comes in Bunches for Bruin Alumni
As if three game-winners in 72 hours wasn't an amazing feat in and of itself, two of them, Love's and Collison's came right here in Los Angeles on the floor at Staples Center - Love against the Clippers on Friday and Collison against the Lakers Sunday.
On the Road Again for Women's Hoops
Ten of the Pac-12's teams are all within three games of one another in the standings, and every game counts at this point. After having the chance to watch the women in person last weekend, I know one thing is for sure: no matter what the situation, they always play hard and will battle every game.
Special Treat in Store at Feb. 4 Women's Home Game
As a father of two now-grown daughters myself, I can't begin to express enough how much fun it has been to take them to sporting events through the years. Dads, take this opportunity to begin a tradition with your daughters and develop lasting memories.
Olympic Sports Update
A Fond Farewell
Ask Dan Question of the Week
A: Ned, thank you for the question.
We initially contemplated playing the USC men's basketball game at the Honda Center instead of the Sports Arena, but in the end we decided against doing that, primarily for the following reasons. First, to ask our team to travel to Orange County for a home game during a school week (the game against Arizona fell during the break between quarters) was less than ideal. Second, with the team leaving for a cross-country trip to New York the next morning in advance of the St. Johns game, we, including Coach Howland, wanted them to play the USC game as close to the UCLA campus as possible. With Staples Center unavailable when we were contracting with venues, we determined that the best venue for game was the Sports Arena.
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