Word From Westwood - May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
It is certainly true that at UCLA we have a tradition unlike many of our peer institutions. Our numerous Top 10 rankings and national championships speak for themselves as a testament to our broad-based excellence. Very few schools can match the level of success that we experience year in and year out across the board. There is no question that competing institutions have been creative in trying to manufacture an edge that may sway a prospective student-athlete their way.
What has been in vogue for several years is the variation on the traditional uniform. In some cases it is the "throwback", while, in other cases, simply an alternative uniform or numerous alternative uniforms. I believe we are all aware of what our competition has been doing in this area.
Our partners at adidas have been proposing alternate uniforms to us for years. We have ventured primarily into "throwback" versions for various teams, including football. Last year, of course, after extensive consultation with our coaching staff, our players and adidas, we unveiled the "white uniforms" for our final road football game. The uniform proved to be a hit with our players and "prospects"; however, we all admit that the timing of its unveiling could have been better. adidas has continued to stay busy, however, working on an alternative version for this season that combines the "wow" factor with the desire to preserve the tradition and the classiness of UCLA.
With that as background, it is likely that we will be wearing an alternate football uniform for one home game, possibly the November 3 Homecoming game against Arizona next fall, so stay tuned.
Though I am not able to share all the details with you at this time, please know that it will be, technologically-speaking, the finest uniform that adidas has ever created for UCLA. Jim Mora, his coaching staff and the football players in the program now, as well as those coming on campus later this year, have all seen it and are eager to wear it.
As soon as the proposed uniform moves from the prototype phase to production and some graphics representing it become available, I will be sure to share it with everyone in this forum.
Some things that don't change around here are our championship aspirations for all of our teams, and several of them are advancing further into postseason play these next few weeks:
The softball team earned the #12 national seed and will host NCAA Regional play this weekend at Easton Stadium against Hofstra, Florida State and San Diego State.
Additionally, the #11-ranked Bruin baseball team rides the momentum of a three-game sweep of Washington in Seattle into a non-conference game at #8 Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night (a 6-3 victory) and another Pac-12 road series at Cal this weekend.
While these teams are nearing the stretch run of their season, the #2-seeded women's water polo team ended its impressive season with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships this weekend. Congratulations to Brandon Brooks and his team on a valiant effort to capture #109.
Other departmental happenings include:
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The 22 student-athletes on the All-Academic team, for example, held a combined GPA of 3.64, and the Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Jeff Locke (football) and Charney Burk (women's soccer), were honored along with Brooke Finley (softball), Taryn Pastoor (women's track and field), Marti Reed (softball) and Isabel Williams (swimming & diving) for making the Director's Honor Roll every quarter they were at UCLA.
One highlight of the evening was hearing 2012 UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame class member Dr. Julie Bremner Romias recap her experiences at UCLA as a student, an academic all-American and one of the top collegiate volleyball players of her time. She relayed many of the lessons she learned during her undergraduate and medical school years at UCLA, and how those lessons helped shape her into what she is today, a successful family practice physician in Santa Monica.
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Ask Dan Question of the Week
A: Stephanie, the process actually begins each year with the nomination of the outstanding Bruins that the UCLA fan base deems worthy of the honor in three categories: former students-athletes, coaches and extraordinary service. Each of the nominations submitted by the general public (in some years more than 100) is then forwarded to athletic staff members who do extensive research over a period of months on each submission and develop a bio for each. The bios are then sent to the 22 members of the Hall of Fame Committee (18 volunteers/4 athletic staff. The volunteers are a blend of former coaches, student-athletes and others with a long-standing dedication to UCLA Athletics who serve on staggered three-year terms).
The committee members are charged with reviewing the materials in preparation for the annual Spring meeting, at which they discuss each nominee and, ultimately, vote on a new class of Bruin Hall of Famers (up to eight). This is an exhaustive process which can, in any given year, keep committee members working long into the night before coming to an agreement regarding who to select for that year's class.
As one might imagine, at a place like UCLA, at the end of the night there are many candidates worthy of selection that will have to wait at least another year for their name to be called.
Thank you all for your submissions - please know that each question submitted was read, and please don't forget to submit a question to firstname.lastname@example.org this week.
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