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Donald Sterling bought newspaper ad to thank himself for donation to UCLA

Donald Sterling UCLA nephrology ad

Money may buy a lot of things, but it won’t buy off UCLA in one case.

UCLA announced Tuesday that it has returned a $425,000 payment made by Donald Sterling to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology and that it will reject the remainder of the Clippers owner’s $3 million pledge.

Mr. Sterling’s divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA’s core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterling’s initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3 million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology. UCLA has received numerous inquiries about an advertisement in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times falsely suggesting that it was UCLA publicly thanking him for the gift. The ad was placed by Mr. Sterling, not the university.

The real gem of this story comes in the last two sentences of that statement. Sterling bought an ad in the LA Times to ensure everyone knew about his donation, and he designed it to make it look like UCLA was thanking him for it.

That ad ran in Sunday’s paper, a little over a day after the audio tapes of him being racist were published.

Way to pat yourself on the back there, Mr. Humble.

Photo: Twitter/David Singer

Josh Rosen commits to UCLA with nothing but Bruins hats

Josh RosenUsually when football recruits make their college commitment announcements, they set out a number of hats on a table in front of them and pick the hat of the school they plan to attend.

St. John Bosco quarterback Josh Rosen, who is the No. 1-rated QB in the 2015 recruiting class, decided to put a spin on the hat game that made his plans much more definitive.

As the young QB made his announcement, he had someone pull three hats out and lay them on the table. All three were different varieties of UCLA hats. Rosen also put on a Bruins hat to make it four.

Rosen’s announcement that he was planning to commit to the Bruins was one of the worst-kept secrets for a few months. Though the announcement lacked surprise, I’m sure it was no less exciting for the Bruins program.

Top QB recruit Josh Rosen expected to commit to UCLA

Josh RosenJosh Rosen, one of the top quarterback recruits in the 2015 high school recruiting class, will announce his college commitment plans on Thursday, and he’s expected to choose UCLA.

Rosen is a quarterback at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., and he threw for 3,200 yards, 39 touchdowns and seven interceptions while leading Bosco to a 16-0 season as a junior in the fall. Rosen is ranked by Rivals as the No. 1 player in the state and No. 2 player in the country. He has scholarship offers from notable programs like Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and Notre Dame, but he was believed to be most strongly considering UCLA and Cal.

It’s been a long-believed secret that Rosen would be committing to UCLA. According to the OC Register’s Ryan Kartje, Rosen was among a group of quarterbacks throwing at UCLA’s practice field on Wednesday:

That’s a pretty strong sign about his ties to the Bruins.

If Rosen does commit to UCLA, that would give the two rival SoCal programs the top two quarterback recruits in the 2015 class; St. Bonaventure quarterback Ricky Town committed to USC in late January. He and Rosen are 1-2 by most recruiting sites.

Below is a highlight video of Rosen:

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UCLA’s Kyle Anderson takes flight and puts Oregon’s Richard Amardi on a poster (GIFS)

kyle-anderson-richard-amardiWhen Oregon defeated UCLA 87-83 in double overtime last month, the Bruins were without their top two scorers, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson.

On Thursday, both were in the lineup as the two teams met again, this time in the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament. Adams and Anderson both had seven points as UCLA went into the locker room at halftime with a 37-35 lead.

Two of Kyle Anderson’s first-half points came on this dunk, which may end up being the play of the tournament. I mean, seriously, wow.

Anderson also became the first player in Pac-12 history to tally 200+ rebounds and 200+ assists in the same season. Not a bad day at the office.

GIFS via UCLA Athletics & Pac-12

David Pollack: UCLA is sexy, cool again

Jim MoraGood news for my Bruins: UCLA is “cool” again. You know it has to be true because ESPN said so.

During their National Signing Day program, ESPNU started talking about the Bruins because reporter Shelley Smith was stationed in Westwood to report on UCLA. Analysts Mike Bellotti and David Pollack raved about the program and coach Jim Mora.

“UCLA now has the name to go out and the success to back it up,” Bellotti said of UCLA being able to chase national recruits.

“I think they’re sexy again,” said Pollack. “They got the cool factor. Jim Mora’s cool as it gets. He was linked to the Texas job for a reason — he’s one of the best coaches in college football.”

Mora said in an interview with Smith that being able to get quarterback Brett Hundley to return for his redshirt junior season was their biggest recruiting pull of all. Pollack agreed, but he feels Hundley has to improve and grow from being a one read and go QB, which is a legitimate opinion.

It’s weird hearing people describe UCLA as sexy and cool, which is the way USC has been the last 15 years, especially with Pete Carroll there. I guess maybe you’d have to go back to the ’90s to when UCLA was considered cool for football. Whatever the case, this is music to Bruins fans’ ears, and it’s being reflected by the types of recruits the Bruins are now chasing.

LSU OC Cam Cameron reportedly bought plane tickets to sit with recruits to UCLA

How desperate are things getting for college football coaches entering National Signing Day for high school recruits? As desperate as it gets.

According to one report, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron even went so far as to buy plane tickets to sit on a flight with three recruits from the state of Louisiana to and from their recruiting visit to UCLA.

Here’s what premium UCLA recruiting website Bruin Report Online reported:

According to Bruins Nation, the recruits in question are Devon Godchaux, Kenny Young and Malachi Dupre. Godchaux is a defensive end committed to LSU, but he took official visits to Auburn and UCLA as well according to Rivals. Young is a four-star linebacker who’s visited Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and UCLA. Dupre is a five-star wide receiver prospect who has taken official visits to LSU, Alabama, Florida State and UCLA.

Bruin Report Online says Cameron is (was?) sitting next to Dupre on his flight. If that’s true, maybe we can say Cameron is also looking to do some last-minute recruiting not only for the guys visiting UCLA, but also some LA-based recruits who are considering LSU. Adoree Jackson would be one of those players. He’s a five-star recruit from Serra in Gardena and has finalized his list to LSU, Florida, UCLA and USC. He already took an official visit to LSU, so it would make plenty of sense for Cameron to fly in to make a last push.

In light of the recruiting story, UCLA fans had some fun with Cameron’s wikipedia page:

Cam Cameron

Don’t get too cocky there, Bruins fans. Until they sign the letters of intent, we don’t know whether Cameron’s alleged strategy pays off.

Brett Hundley reportedly returning to UCLA for junior season

Brett Hundley UCLA

Great news, UCLA fans. It looks like Brett Hundley will be returning to school for his junior season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Hundley will come back to school. Schefter incorrectly said that Hundley would be returning for his senior season when it will actually be Hundley’s junior year. Hundley is draft-eligible because he redshirted his first year out of high school. Players are eligible for the NFL draft when their high school class is three years past graduation.

UCLA has called a press conference for Monday morning, where Hundley is expected to make his announcement.

Hundley had been weighing entering the NFL draft, and a report said he wanted to go pro. Hundley’s draft status received a huge boost with his spectacular performance in UCLA’s 42-14 Sun Bowl win over Virginia Tech. He threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 161 yards and two TDs.

Hundley may have been a first-round pick, but there was a lot of quarterback competition this year with Teddy Bridgewater entering the draft, and Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles likely doing the same. Hundley may be able to sharpen his skills by returning next season.

If Hundley returns to UCLA, he will join coach Jim Mora in turning down great offers to come back to Westwood. Mora turned down the Washington and Texas jobs.