Word From Westwood - Nov. 20, 2012
Nov. 20, 2012
Late November in Westwood ... It's the time that UCLA's fall sports are competing in the postseason, while the winter teams get their schedules underway. The calendar is the most compacted it is all year, but that also means plenty of games in several sports with a lot on the line.
This week specifically, though, it's also the time to take a minute to reflect on the blessings in our lives. Luckily, we have a national holiday that encourages us to do just that - Thanksgiving.
With that in mind, the Word from Westwood staff decided to take a different approach this week. We will continue to share all of the goings-on this week in the various units of the department, but at the end of this week's edition, be sure to click through to find out what the Bruins are thankful for this year.
Football Team Upends USC in Rivalry Game
With the win, the Bruins improved to 9-2 and clinched the Pac-12 South Division title, earning a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game, to be played on Friday, November 30 at a site to be determined (details below).
Home Game against Stanford Awaits Saturday
For those Bruins who will be out of town for the holiday weekend, the game will be televised live nationally on FOX and broadcast via the airwaves on AM 570, FOX Sports LA.
Pac-12 Football Championship Game Tickets On Sale Now
UCLA football season ticket-holders, Wooden Athletic Fund members, Mini-Plan buyers and 2013 Season Ticket Deposit purchasers can order tickets to the Pac-12 Conference Championship Football Game at any of the three possible sites by accessing their ticket accounts HERE.
Orders must be received by UCLA no later than Monday, Nov. 26 at Noon PT. Fans will only be charged for the game that is actually played.
Should the Rose Bowl serve as the host site, tickets will be emailed, and parking (if eligible) will be sent via FedEx for delivery on Nov. 28. There is no limit on the number of tickets that may be ordered at the Rose Bowl.
If the game is played at either Stanford or Oregon, tickets will be left at the stadium will call and must be picked up by the account-holder of record. A limit of eight tickets per account exists at away sites, and ticket location will be determined by Wooden Athletic Fund donor priority and season ticket holder status.
Bruins Fall Short in Progressive Legends Classic
The game will be televised live on ESPNU and on WatchESPN.com and will be broadcast on AM 570 FOX Sports LA.
The Bruins return home on Sunday, November 25 when they host Cal Poly at 7 pm. Tickets for that game are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here or call 310-UCLA-WIN (825-2946).
Women's Basketball Upsets Sooners in Norman, Welcomes Notre Dame
The Bruins, now ranked #19, face their second consecutive ranked team when they welcome the #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish to New Pauley on Friday, November 23 at noon.
Tickets for that game are on sale now. As part of a special
Women's Volleyball Debuts in New Pauley, Hangs NCAA Championship Banner
The Stanford match, won 3-1, by the Cardinal, featured the unveiling of the banner honoring the team's 2011 NCAA Championship, which was 108th in school history (tops in the nation) and first in the career of head coach Michael Sealy.
The team returns to the court tonight at Oregon in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks, before hosting USC next Friday at 6 pm. Friday's game also features the Blue Friday promotion of $1 general admission tickets using the BLUEFRIDAY promo code online or at the box office.
Soccer Teams Have Mixed Results in NCAA Tournament Play
The men's soccer team met a different fate, seeing its season come to a close in a 5-2 loss to San Diego Sunday in an NCAA Tournament second-round home match at Drake Stadium.
Men's Cross Country Places in Top 15 at NCAA Championships
Plenty of Revelry Before the Rivalry Friday Night
The event raised more than $50,000, and all proceeds from the event directly support the Wooden Athletic Fund and UCLA Athletics.
Rose Bowl Press Box Will Soon Bear Donahue's Name
Donahue compiled a 151-74-8 record as UCLA's head coach from 1976-1995, and was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Additionally, in 2008, he received the Edward A. Dickson (UCLA) Alumnus of the Year award.
This is one of the marquee projects in the renovation of the iconic stadium. A committee made up of several prominent business executives was charged with raising $3 million to assist with the renovation of the press box and dedicate it to the UCLA legend.
To donate to the fund, please click here.
Olympic Sports Report
Saturday afternoons in the fall don't get much better than this past one at the Rose Bowl. Despite rain showers all afternoon, the Bruins would not be denied and came away victorious in one of the fiercest rivalries in all of college sports held in the best stadium in the country.
As a proud Bruin, it was a sight to behold, especially when head coach Jim Mora and his team ran off the field to a wave of cheers from all of you ... just a great day to be Bruin!
As Coach Mora said in his press conference, the team will enjoy the victory for 24 hours and then get about their business for the upcoming game against Stanford, a game, of course, of huge importance.
As for our fans, you can all enjoy it for as long as you desire.
Finally, before I log off, since this is a very special holiday week, we asked student-athletes, staff members, and coaches what they were thankful for this season. To see what they said, please click here. I think you'll be truly touched by their responses. I couldn't help but join in, and my thoughts of gratitude are below.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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