Word From Westwood - Feb. 5, 2013
Feb. 5, 2013
This Wednesday (Signing Day), the Bruin family will get a glimpse of what the future will bring to Westwood. UCLA will welcome an ambitious group of young men and women who have worked hard to fulfill their dreams to become the best among their peers. They will join a group of phenomenal student-athletes already blazing a trail of success here on campus. The winter sports are in the hunt for conference and national titles, and spring sports, including softball and baseball, will begin play shortly.
Thousands Expected at Signing Day Celebration -- RSVPs Still Being Accepted
Jim Mora and the UCLA Football coaching staff and current team will join with all attendees to celebrate an extremely talented and exciting 2013 football recruiting class in Pauley Pavilion. Doors open at 6:15 pm, and the speaking program will begin at 7:30 pm, so please plan accordingly.
Due to NCAA recruiting restrictions, high school students cannot be admitted.
Season Ticket Renewals to Hit Inboxes This Week
All season ticket holders who renew in the month of February will have payment deferred until July 1. All questions regarding renewals should be directed to the Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946).
Men's Basketball Hosts Washington Schools This Week
Excitement Thursday night will also be high for the jersey retirement of UCLA legend and basketball pioneer Don Barksdale. Barksdale broke the color barrier multiple times as the first African-American NCAA All-American (1947), the first to make the U.S. Olympic team (1948), and the first to play in a NBA All-Star game.
In addition, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year, along with Jamaal Wilkes and Reggie Miller. Barskdale, who passed away in 1993, will have his # 11 UCLA jersey raised to the rafters, after the same honor was bestowed upon both Wilkes and Miller earlier this season. Members of the Barksdale family will be on hand for the special halftime ceremony.
Tickets remain on sale for each of these games, please click here or call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-UCLA-WIN.
Women's Basketball Takes Win Streak on the Road
The Bruins (17-4, 8-2 in the Pac-12) will play at Washington Friday night at 7 pm and then visit Pullman at noon on Sunday. Both games can be followed on internet radio at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins' next home stand will feature the annual Dads and Daughters Day on Sunday, February 17, in conjunction with the UCLA-Stanford game that day. For just $10 per person, fans get a ticket to a father-daughter-only pregame fair, a game ticket and a commemorative t-shirt. For more information or to order tickets, please click here.
Olympic Sports Report
As noted above, this Wednesday is not only National Letter of Intent Signing Day for football, it is also a big day for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track and field, cross country and men's water polo.
With this recruiting class, there is little doubt that our coaches will successfully bring future all-Americans and perhaps even national champions to Westwood. Having closely tracked the progress of our recruiting efforts to date, I know that tomorrow will be a very special day. Regardless of where the pundits rank our respective recruiting classes, at the end of the day, I can assure you that the football staff and the other coaching staffs have done an amazing job compiling a great group of future Bruins.
A special thank you goes to recruiter extraordinaire, Michael Sondheimer, and his exemplary staff in the on-campus recruiting unit. This group often has their days, nights and weekends all blending into one, and it is responsible for setting up official visits and tours for more that 400 potential Bruins each year. They deserve large amounts of praise for the countless hours they spend in sharing all that is great about UCLA with prospects. A more dedicated Bruin than "Sondy" cannot be found, and it is no surprise that National Letter of Intent Day is his "Super Bowl."
Back to football for a moment, Pauley Pavilion will be full of happy Bruins tomorrow night when our football coaching staff reveals the fruits of their labor on the recruiting trail. Jim Mora and his staff have kept the throttle down and landed what may arguably be the best class at UCLA in more than a decade.
Congratulations to the football staff and the coaches and staffs of the other sports that will be celebrating tomorrow. Congratulations also to all of the other department staff and faculty members who played important roles throughout this process. It literally takes a village to ensure that the recruiting operation is efficient and clicking on all cylinders at all times. We do it as well as anyone in the country, and the results reflect this success.
When you get the opportunity, I encourage you to thank all of these folks for a job well done.
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