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– Bruin Authority Guys
Updated: 5/20/2014 2:20 p.m.
– Hilarious Brett Hundley Video – “Campus Enforcer”
– UCLA Football Has Second Highest APR Ranking, Only Behind Stanford. Guess Where USC is.
– Some Recruiting Notes
– Thoughts on UCLA and USC Football Schedules
– Some Post NFL Draft Notes
Hilarious Brett Hundley Video – “Campus Enforcer”
Check out this video from the Spring Sing gang. Having a little fun and a cameo by Coach Mora as well. Watch for the Trojan/Bear scene.
UCLA Football Has Second Highest APR Ranking, Only Behind Stanford. Guess Where USC is.
APR stands for Academic Progress Rate, which is measured over four years. For any team to compete int eh NCAA post season, it must have a score of 900 over four years or 930 over two years.
The football team score of 979 was a nationally recognized achievement, and earned Coach Mora a $50,000 bonus.
Oh and USC? Finished second to last in the PAC-12. Ugh, the predictable brain surgeons are living up to their reputation again. And to think that Pat Haden is the highest paid athletic director in the country.
Here is the breakdown:
Oregon State 950
Washington State 944
Arizona State 941
Some Recruiting News
Ricky Town, USC’s QB recruit for 2014 DROPPED a star (down to 4) on Rivals.com. Meanwhile, UCLA’s QB recruit, Josh Rosen is now the second ranked player in the entire county, regardless of position.
Thoughts on UCLA and USC Football Schedules
Mora has said that he wants to play the best and have a tough schedule for both the team and for the fans. UCLA seems to be moving in that direction by scheduling upcoming games against teams like Texas, Michigan, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Rutgers. Clearly UCLA fears no team.
Contrast that with what is happening across town. Alabama has been begging USC to play them in the 2016 season opener on a NEUTRAL field. USC has had nothing but excuses in an attempt to not play that game. Possibly, many inside the USC athletic department do not believe the USC team has the character and motivation to win that game. It may be easier to just not play than to explain the drubbing. The once proud Trojan football program is now a mere laughing stock. There is tremendous pressure inside USC circles to schedule the game in order to stop the media from continuing the humiliation. It will be interesting to see if Sarkisian caves in and plays a real team like Alabama.
Mora would have jumped on scheduling a game with Alabama. Heck, he may be calling Alabama right since USC is so lukewarm. Think about it, if you were a recruit, who would you want to play for, a fearless leader like Coach Mora who has confidence in his players, or a guy like Sark (Mr. 5-4) who may be dodging competition because he doesn’t believe in his players?
Some Post NFL Draft Notes
If we hear another Trojan recruit tell the media they like USC “cuz they always win and all their players get drafted into the NFL” we are going to have to throw down on someone. Literally. While we are hearing this much less than in prior years, there are still a few recruits repeating what the out-of-touch old folks, still living in the past, are telling them. Times have changed and the last time USC had a dominant team, the 2015 recruits were 11 years old. In fact, they were 14 the last time USC managed a dubious win over UCLA. Basically UCLA is today’s football version of Jay-Z and USC is Vanilla Ice, with a touch of Milli Vanilli.
This is a new day and a new era for both these teams. UCLA is treading up and USC is treading down as witnessed by the 35-14 Trojan humiliation at home.
And as for the draft picks, you can judge for yourself if USC gets all their players into the NFL:
USC draft picks:
2013 – 4
2014 – 3 (no/none/zero/nada first round picks)
UCLA draft picks:
2013 – 4
2014 – 5 (including Anthony Barr in the first round with the overall 9th pick, and Sua-Filo who missed the first round by only one pick!)