A story about new UCLA Bruins Football Head Coach, Rick Neuheisel

December 30, 2007

I’ve heard a lot of crappy things said about newly announced Head Coach Rick Neuheisel (AP photo at the right taken from BruinBlitz.com) that I can’t help but think have been unfair.  Most people make comments based on what they read on the Internet or what’s been published in the press.

I, on the other hand, have at least had the opportunity to speak with him (in a past life) and see him in action in front of his players when, well, he thought no one was looking.  Y’see I roomed with a walk-on running back during my undergraduate work at UCLA and I was a huge collegiate football stats guy.  I kept stats on many of our players (during the Aikman, Johnson, Maddox, Fein, & Cook years) and personally analyzed match ups for my own pleasure – particularly cornerbacks-versus-WRs or linesmen-versus-linesmen for every game.

Through various connections in the Marching Band or friends in (pledging) Sigma Nu, the jock fraternity, I got the chance to hang out with several football players.  Let’s just say that hypothetically of course, a certain 5′ 3" Asian guy got the chance to eat with several large corn-fed football players more than a few times (under rather interesting circumstances I might add… after all, how exactly do you explain having a short Asian kid at the table next to a 300lb lineman?) while they were at what is called "training table" – where all the football players sit down and eat on UCLA’s dime.  And naturally, UCLA Quarterbacks coach, Rick Neuheisel was on hand with his players.

I remember quite a few stories involving Coach Neuheisel however here’s one that’s always stuck in my mind:

One day, the team was walking into the Treehouse for training table, a place in the UCLA student union where lots of home cookin’ was done – not like Panda Express or the other fastfood type stuff they have there today on the 2nd floor, but real food.

As they walked in, a skinny, somewhat obnoxious tall old guy was on his way out and stopped Coach Neuheisel by grabbing his arm and said, "Hey, you guys aren’t bad, but you folks need to tighten up that offense and mix it up a bit."  Coach just nodded stoically and said something akin to, well, we’re workin’ hard at practice to get things moving and thanks for watching us at the games.

The skinny guy then said, "Yeah, well, you guys need those quarterbacks throwin’ better…" and as he walked away, he said:  "Hell, I could throw the ball better than those guys."

Coach Neuheisel suddenly appeared to lose his composure, turned around in almost a fighting stance and yelled at the top of his lungs so everyone in the Treehouse could hear him, "THE HELL YOU COULD!?" And stared this guy down intensely..

Naturally, he startled the skinny guy who quickly scuttled away without a word.  Coach was so angry and incensed, I really thought he was gonna tear this guy’s head off right then and there.  I also remember swallowing another bite of sweet potato pie and thinking, "Good for you, Coach… good for you."

See, I think he could have let that slide.  After all, it wasn’t like anyone necessarily had heard the conversation they two of them were having, but the fact that Coach decided that the pride of his quarterbacks was being soiled by some nobody, in front of other players who might have been listening, and that this guy deigned to do it in the Bruins’ own dining room… that showed to be a level of loyalty, unity, and self-respect that I think is the foundation of any good team.

If you give me a choice between a team that treats each other as brothers on the field and a team loaded with pure talent but lacks unity, I’ll take the former over the latter any day of the week.

Good luck, Coach Neuheisel.  Consider my season tickets renewed for 2009 and go Bruins!

Using Amazon’s Wishlist to categorize one’s current personal interests

December 28, 2007

I’ve discovered during this holiday season that my interests are fairly easy to define.

Every year, people ask me "what I want" for Christmas so this year I decided to create an Amazon.com wish/gift list.  During that time, several things have been added, other things have been cut, but the end result has been a very clear definition of what my interests are.

  • Books about Dogs & Dog Adoptions
  • Books about Las Vegas & Blackjack Strategy
  • Books about Japanese Sake
  • Any good HD-DVDs
  • Various electronics (Zune, Slingbox, Xbox 360 peripherals and games)
  • A few select Alternative/Modern rock Music CDs
  • Non-fiction Audiobook CDs

While this might not seem like a clear list, it really is.  Nothing on my rather long list falls outside of this set of categories. 

In fact, this Christmas, I knocked out about half my "wishlist" but I also noticed that people that accessed my list, ABSOLUTELY NEVER actually bought the items directly from Amazon.com.  I’m sure a big part of this was the fact that it requires a delivery charge (something I don’t have to deal with since I’m an Amazon Prime member) and the fact that many people I know still haven’t gotten used to purchasing gifts online instead of at brick & mortar stores during the holidays. In contrast, I bought virtually everything online for my family and friends this year.

In any case, I found this all very interesting.  It’s very rare that I’m able to look at a collected list of my’s wants and derive an aggregate set of personal interests through it.  I wonder what this list will look like in 10 years. 

Even more interesting… I wonder how Amazon consumes this information into it’s neural network to derive what kind of other things I’d be interested in.


A dog’s prayer

December 18, 2007

Dear Lord…
Thank you for bringing me to Timmy’s house
and not to Michael Vick’s. 

MUSIC: 3rd Grammy Nomination for Daniel Ho Creations

December 14, 2007

Do you know anyone that’s ever won a world-reknown award?  I know a really nice guy who owns a record label that’s won not one but TWO GRAMMY awards. 

Daniel Ho, the owner and producer for Daniel Ho Creations, is a singer, songwriter, and producer.  He’s a very talented performer in his own right, but something he’s done that very few people in the world has, is he’s produced two GRAMMY award-winning albums on his own record label. 

The first was in 2006 when he produced "Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Vol. 1" and the album won "Best Hawaiian Music Album" in the 48th annual GRAMMY awards.  The second was in 2007 when he produced "Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar" which won "Best Hawaiian Music Album" in the 49th annual GRAMMY awards.

And now he and his company’s up for a THIRD award with not one, but two nominations this year.  The following two albums are nominated for GRAMMY awards in the category of "Best Hawaiian Music Album":

Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

The first is a compilation album like the first two Grammy award winners he produced.  Featuring the talent of George Kahumoku, Jr., Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, Cyril Pahinui, Martin Pahinui, Owana Salazar, Keoki Kahumoku, Daniel Ho, Richard Ho‘opi‘i, Bobby Ingano, Da ‘Ukulele Boyz, and Sterling Seaton, it bears some similarity to "Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar", packing even more talent on the disc than ever before while managing to articulate the soul of Hawaii Slack Key even more eloquently than before. 


The second is of a very different sort in that it’s performed entirely by singer & actress Tia Carrere.  Tia performs exactly what the title reads:  Hawaiiana… some of Hawaii’s most beloved music, including Aloha ‘Oe & He Aloha Mele.  Her dreamily beautiful & emotional rendition of Aloha ‘Oe almost compels a tear from one’s eye.


So if any one reading this is a a member of NARAS or knows someone that is, might they please consider voting for one of these two albums for the GRAMMY category of "Best Hawaiian Music Album"?

UPCOMING MOVIE: Giant monsters attack Japan!

December 12, 2007

THE SKINNY: There’s not a lot of info about Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s next project, but what is out there is pretty exciting:

has gotten hold of something called “the Black List”, a compilation of suggestions by over 150 film executives and high-level assistants.  Each of these folks gave the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts written in 2007, and one of these scripts was Parker and Stone’s upcoming Paramount project, GIANT MONSTERS ATTACK JAPAN! The movie has been announced for release next year, and all anyone knew up till now is that it would be PG-rated.

The synopsis of J.F. Lawton’s script (which can be found in the “2 votes” category) is as follows: “Prompted by a corporate transfer, a father and son move to Japan and find that all the fantastic elements of the son’s favorite Japanese movies – Godzilla, giant robots, secret ninja cults, etc. – are a real and borderline mundane aspect of everyday Japanese life. Adjusting proves difficult, hijinks ensue.”

So, it’s a documentary, then.

TAKEN FROM:  http://ifmagazine.com/new.asp?article=5445

Katharine Fletcher of Play Digital

December 11, 2007

I’m sitting here with my Zune, zipping through all the Podcasts that are listed online that I can subscribe to on Zune Marketplace when I see this one called Play Digital.  And much to my delight, after subscribing I discover that the host is a grrlgamer.

imageLessee here.  Long, dark hair, cute little bod, sweet British accent, beautiful bright brown eyes, low maintenance Jinx-esque wear, a great knowledge of gaming, and very little fear of letting a 4 letter word pass those lips.

Whew!  That’s my kinda girl.  I like her spunk and attitude more than Morgan Webb of XPlay fame.  Heck – maybe G4 ought to try flying her out to Los Angeles to get her on the small screen.  They could use some new talent.

And maybe they could get someone with some personal dignity and real gamer credentials to replace Attack of the Show’s atrocious ‘Layla Kayleigh’.  (Wasn’t that woman supposed to have left by now to take over as designated eye candy of the World Poker Tour?)

I digress.  Check Katharine out at http://www.playdigital.tv/.

Just desserts at the KROQ Acoustic Christmas for Night #2 fans

December 10, 2007

Every year, a friend of mine hooks me up with tickets to KROQ’s assorted concerts.  It’s admittedly a nice diversion from the hell that is work sometimes.  And every year there are a few pairs of tickets that I can give to a friend and this year was no exception.

But in a strange twist of irony, I couldn’t GIVE the extra pair away.  You see, this year, the event took place on Saturday & Sunday night with different bands on each day.  With Linkin Park & Bad Religion performing on "Night #1", everyone wanted that night.  And frankly with good reason, but I’ll leave that for another blog entry.

But the extra pair was for "Night #2" which featured:

  • Muse
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • Modest Mouse
  • Spoon
  • The Shins
  • Feist

Not terribly common names to many of the people I know unfortunately.  Personally, I’m a big Jimmy Eat World fan and I like Muse but the other bands I wasn’t that familiar with.  But the sick part was that the seats were amazing:  Orchestra 2, Row HH, Seat 7 & 8.  Folks:  These are dead center seats in the area right above the PIT.  Imagine having pit tickets, except with your own seats.

So I ended up going to Night #2 alone, since my other half had to work on some stuff tonight.  The other pair went back to KROQ and I trotted into the metal detectors of the amphitheater at 8:00PM.


Women were screaming as they raced to the entrance… apparently a bunch of people don’t actually go into the theatre until it’s late so they just hung out in front, smoking, or doing whatever and suddenly heard "Somebody Told Me" emanating from inside.  It was clear that something exciting had happened inside the amphitheater because there was pandemonium in the halls and the level of noise cranked up to 11. 

Yes, it was true:  the Killers were the surprise unannounced guest band of the night as a little thank you to the people that came to Night #2, and what a "thank you" it was.

Now the funny thing was that the Killers were indeed fantastic.  But they were essentially an opening band for Jimmy Eat World and Muse, both of which were great bands in it of themselves, but between you and me, I’ll take the Killers any day of the week – and apparently, so did a lot of people there.

But what ended up happening was that all the people that rushed in to see the Killers ended up also seeing great sets by both Jimmy Eat World and Muse – both of which were phenomenal.  In fact, very few bands have knocked my socks off in the same way as Muse did:  These dudes are incredible in concert.  I’m going to go pick up some of their albums as a result of that concert.

And I’ll talk about the Linkin Park night later.

A lecture on Blackjack: How does gambling risk relate to managing investments

December 10, 2007

Dr. Paul Wilmott, a finance consultant and lecturer, is the founder of Wilmott.com and Wilmott Magazine, a site and periodical dedicated to the Quantitative Finance community.

In May 2007, he did a 40 minute lecture on – of all things – Blackjack:  How to play, how to win, some stories, why Blackjack concepts are relevant to being a hedge fund manager or an investor.

DOWNLOAD:  http://www.wilmott.com/blogs/paul/enclosures/070521_Wilmott_Podcast.mp3

INFO: Setting up Two-factor authentication for Paypal & eBay for $5

December 5, 2007

Check this out:  One of the scariest issues of using Paypal & eBay is having your account hacked.  While you are not liable for charges that are not incurred by hackers or thieves, you’re still OUT of pocket of that money while the charge is disputed and it can mean that you could be cleaned out for a while.  (Have you ever had to forage for food in your own home? <grin>)

So for a whopping $5, you can receive a RSA Keyfob or a "Securenet Key" to enable you to make two factor authentication against your Paypal/eBay account mandatory.  They basically send you the fob, you pair it with your account and authorize them to make two-factor authentication mandatory, then bam.  That’s it.  Take that hackers & thieves!

While I wish this was Smartcard being that I’m a strong believer in the long term potential and viability of smartcards, I understand that a completely autonomous two-factor authentication-enabling technology is more appealing at this time.  Hopefully smartcard readers will continue to become more and more pervasive in the future as standard equipment on PCs.

LINK:  https://www.paypal.com/securitykey

USC Trojan Humor in the wake of our 24-7 loss

December 5, 2007

In the wake of my Bruins’ sad loss to USC (or depending on your affiliation, happy victory) and the execution of our head coach, Karl Dorrell (thank you Karl – a true Bruin – for bringing class & discipline back to our program), here’s a parting shot to my Trojan friends.

  1. What do USC and UCLA students have in common?
    They both got in to USC.
    (Note:  True for me… I mean, c’mon:  UCLA Computer Science & Engineering, the birthplace of the Internet, or USC CS&E?)
  2. A Trojan grad and a Bruin grad were on death row. The warden came to them to ask them if they had any last requests. The Trojan said, “I’d just like to hear ‘Conquest’ one last time.” When the warden asked the Bruin what his last request was, he replied, “kill me first.”
  3. Did you hear the library at USC burned down?
    They lost both books, and one hadn’t even been colored in yet.
  4. A guy in a bar leans over to the guy next to him and asks, “Wanna hear a USC joke?” The guy next to him replies, “Well, before you tell that joke, you should know something. I’m 6’ tall, 200 lbs., and I’m a USC graduate. The guy sitting next to me is 6’2”, weighs 225, and he’s a USC graduate. The fella next to him is 6’5” tall, weighs 250, and he’s a USC graduate. Now, you still wanna tell that joke?
    The first guy replies: “Naw, not if I’m gonna have to explain it three times.”
  5. Members of the USC football team were placed in a remedial English class. “Because we are all new on campus we are going to start with the basics,” the professor explained. “Does anyone know what comes after a sentence?”
    All of the players raised their hands. “The appeal!” they all shouted with pride.
  6. Q: What are the best four years of a Trojan’s life?
    A: Third grade
  7. Q: What does a Trojan and a bottle of beer have in common?
    A: They’re both empty from the neck up.
  8. Q: What do you get when you drive slowly by the USC campus?
    A: A degree.
  9. Q: What does the average USC player get on his SAT’s?
    A: Drool.
  10. Q: How do you get a USC graduate off your porch?
    A: Pay him for the pizza

Why do I work with Animal Rescues?

December 5, 2007

I was asked a question by someone that I won’t mention by name:

"Why do you work with homeless animals when there are so many homeless people and other more pressing causes?"

Now to be fair, I don’t think this person realized how callous they were being.  Most people with previously rationalized priorities in their own mind rarely stop to think about what other people’s priorities are our how they "see the world".  (This incidentally would probably be the majority of the Californians I’ve talked to that consider themselves "enlightened" when in reality all they really are are "opinionated".)

The fact is, I’m not convinced people are any more or less worthy of "aid" than animals are.  And I certainly don’t believe that animals control their lot in life in the same way that people do.  Why?  Because no matter how you slice it, HUMANS HAVE RIGHTS PROTECTED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT – ANIMALS DON’T.  The handicapped, the indigent, the mentally challenged… they’re all protected by the laws of the United States.

On the other hand, animals are considered objects & property in the eyes of the law and are considered disposable if they are hurt, sick, or have some sort of other health issues.  That’s right:  The loyal, loving dog in the home, without whom a family’s children would cry endlessly is just a smidge above being viewed as a piece of furniture or a garden wheelbarrow.

And here’s the kicker:  Pets are domesticated, meaning that they were not just born of will by humans that chose to have them bred, but they were also brought up in docile environments without learning to either fend for themselves or find their own food.  And in horrific cases, they’re declawed and left completely defenseless against predators just because "someone’s afraid their new sofa might get  scratched."

The bottom line is that animals are here and in the situations they’re in because of humans, not in spite of them.  We control their environment, and we control whether they live or die.  Conversely, animals have NO WAY of living on their own thanks to us.  As domesticated beings, they simply don’t have the skill or tools to ‘rough it’, like some would have you believe.  They are entirely dependent on us to survive whatever meager existence they might have.

So the question is:

  1. Do we continue treat living creatures with the same callousness as an inanimate object?  Do we ignore the sanctity of life, "just because they’re animals"?
  2. Do we choose to ignore the problem of animal homelessness when it’s very clear that with the right laws and the right funding and the right people, it’s a problem that can very feasibly be eliminated?

I’ve chosen to try to do something and that’s what gets me jazzed on the weekends.

Yeah, I said it.  As awful as it may seem to some, I personally get more satisfaction simply feeding and caring for needy animals at this time of year than I do serving dinner plates to the unfortunate at a shelter downtown.  Besides the fact that I know what I’m doing around animal rescue and I’m good at it, this is all something that I believe has far less assistance than is necessary – particularly when the problem can clearly be solved with enough money and the right laws.  And it’s something that I can do something about.

And then I get emails like these:

Best Friends Los Angeles Chapter –

Please help us find homes for the following animals in the Los Angeles/Southern California area this holiday season.


ANGIE was about to be euthanized at the South LA shelter in October because she was emaciated, geriatric, – and, face it, because she is a pit bull. She was bred and probably used as bait as her front incisors were filed down and some appear to have been pulled out.

Despite was this girl has endured in life, she has such a sunny disposition – everyone just loves her!! She is calm, loyal, quick to bond, intelligent, likes to go for walks and does good in the car, wants to please and is crate trained. Angie is good with cats, but not with all dogs (further assessment will be made by a trainer). She is not 100% housebroken, but getting there!

She has had a full dental procedure and teeth cleaning, is current on vaccinations and will be spayed as soon as she gains a little more weight. Angie has a low-grade heart murmur and will need daily eye drops for dry eye indefinitely.

If you are looking for an addition to your family and would like to give Angie all the love and happiness she deserves, please contact Mayte Delgado at justice4animals at yahoo dot com. Angie is based in Los Angeles, but adoption is open to neighboring areas. Adoption fee of $175 and home check required.


PRESTON is a 10-yr old Collie-mix who was severely malnourished and neglected when animal control picked him up in July. He was so weak that he could hardly walk. He sat in the pound for three months before being rescued. Although still a few pounds underweight (weighs around 45, but should be around 55), Preston has gained back his strength and is the sweetest boy! He is extremely gentle, loves attention, and is great with other dogs. He is housebroken, and walks well on a leash. Preston has plenty of good years left and he’d love to live those years with people who will love him back.

If you know of a good home for Preston, please contact Stacey Kozak at skozak at modernmx dot com.


Hi y’all. My name is WALLY because I was discovered running in and out of traffic at a Walmart Parking Lot during the fires. I was soooo scared! My rescuer took me to a shelter hoping my "parents" would come for me, even though I tried telling her they didn’t care about me. In just a few days the fires were in that area as well; so she bailed me out on my last day.

Although I am just 1 year old, I feel as though I have had enough experiences to last a lifetime. I weigh in at under 20 lbs. Even though I consider myself quite handsome; some folks think I sorta’ look like I could be a "cartoon character pooch". I am good with kids and other dogs but cats, well let’s say they fascinate me right now.

Chang.jpgMRS. CHANG was a semi-feral "teenage mama" who had several litters before she finally decided to go into a trap and put an end to all her years of motherhood. That was two years ago, and since then Mrs. Chang has taken up residence in the closet of her rescuer’s home, afraid to come out because of two bully cats who already live there. Mrs. Chang is in love with another kitty in the home, and would love to play with him, but she’s too afraid to come out. This is no kinda’ life for an adorable, sweet spirited, young (just 3 1/2) "Scardey Cat."

If you know someone who could give either Wally or Mrs. Chang a loving home, please contact Joy Ray at Rayofjoy at aol dot com.


RALPH is a handsome Rottie mix who is a real couch potato! He’s good with kids and other gentle animals. He walks well on the leash and is learning his commands.

ALBERT is a pit mix with a very active/energetic temperament. He needs to find a home with someone who understands Pit Bulls, and though he likes Ralph he isn’t great with other animals.

Both dogs came from an abuse/neglect situation and were held for MANY months while the case pended in the county court system. When they finally got relinquished to the shelter’s care, they were put on hold status and finally adoptable status on September 1st of this year. They are currently "staff favorites" at the Camarillo Shelter at 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo in Ventura County; email Denise.Callaway at ventura dot org who can put dogs on hold status for rescue pickup. Ralph’s ID# is A378770 and Albert’s is A378774.

For more information about these boys, contact Lisa at newslady7 at hotmail dot com.

toby.jpgTOBY was stuck at the San Bernardino animal shelter where he became very ill with an upper respiratory infection. After a few weeks of antibiotics and a warm bed he has recovered 100% and is ready to find his forever home! He is a 1 year old little boy that we think is either a Poodle/Golden Retriever mix or a Chesapeak Bay Retriever/Golden Retriever mix. Either way he is a bundle of love and gives great hugs!

Toby is about 20 lbs, has curly hair and loves to cuddle. Did I mention he gives great hugs?! Toby is a very loving dog who likes to play and chase a ball and is also very happy curly up with you to watch TV or a movie. He enjoys rides in the car, going for walks and making new friends. He will bark to alert you but not unnecessarily. Toby’s a smart dog that is incredibly well housebroken. He is great with other dogs of all sizes and with cats but will be fine in a single pet home.

percy.jpgPERCY is a quiet and attentive little man. He just wants to be around you and sit on your lap – or your shoulder, whichever is available! He is a Chihuahua mix, weighs about 8 lbs. and I think he is about 5 years old. Poor Percy was being hoarded by a homeless woman in South Central who kept him in a small crate in the sun. Percy, however, has faith in humans and really just wants to find someone to love him and keep him safe for the rest of his life. He will dote on you and just wants cuddles in return.

If you would like to meet Percy or Toby, please call eightoneeight-foureightzero-eightonefournine.


Hi, my name is PUPPY. I am a 4-year old Pit Bull Terrier. I’m a very loyal, sweet girl – smart and obedient, too. I know some tricks, and would love to learn more. Though taking walks is lots of fun, my favorite thing is just spending time together quietly. People say I’m well-behaved and playful, and I won’t argue. I don’t mind kittens, and am not aggressive towards other dogs – though I’d have to meet your other pets before deciding whether I like them.


My name is DOLLY, and my story is a sad one. When I was just a pup (I’m 2 years old now) my ears were cropped, then I was used for breeding – the people at the shelter say I was abused, too. Maybe that’s why I’m shy and scared of people. I’m a Pit Bull who’s slow to trust, but sweet and lovable once you’ve earned my affection. I love long walks and, of course, a good belly-rubbing makes my day. I need to be an only pet because I just looove attention; my new family needs to be patient with me, to help me forget my past and look forward to a bright future in a caring home.


Hello! My name is CINNAMON. I’m a sweetheart of a Pit Bull Terrier. I’m 5 years old, and a little shy, but if you give me a chance I can show you the real me: an affectionate and loving girl. I’m very quiet, and love just to lie beside you peacefully. However, I won’t turn down a walk or a trip to the park, too! When I first came to the shelter, I was depressed. I was found on the street, with signs of abuse; now, though, I’m ready for a new life with a forever family!

If you would like to know more about these or any of the other dogs at the Burbank Animal Shelter, please contact Molly Stretten at molly at basv dot org. The address of the shelter is 1150 N. Victory Place, Burbank 91502.

Another way you can help the Burbank Animal Shelter and the dogs is to forward this message to your contacts, friends and family.   The shelter, the dogs and Best Friends thank you for anything you can do on the dogs’ behalf. 

Thank you for supporting Best Friends’ mission:
Making the world a better place through kindness to animals.


Until one has loved an animal, part of one’s soul remains unawakened. – Anatole France

Academic Standards for Athletes at UCLA… second only to Stanford

December 1, 2007

Recently, I made a point of telling some folks that it’s well know that UCLA has the very highest academics standards when it comes to recruiting players for all sports, whether it’s football, basketball, or otherwise.  A USC fan naturally cringed when she heard this, (and anyone that knows USC recruiting knows why) and retorted back that "all schools" have academic challenges when it comes to recruiting athletes?

Oh yeah?  Tell that to Arizona State.  Cal.  Oregon State.  Washington State.  And especially USC – land of the "academic exception".

Truth be told, UCLA’s coaches have to recruit against the highest of academic standards:  If you don’t meet those standards – i.e. SAT scores and GPA – you don’t qualify and you more than likely don’t get in.  Only Stanford has more stringent academic standards in the Pac-10 than UCLA.

Unfortunately very little has been written about this difference between UCLA sports and the rest of the Pac-10… until now.  Brian Dohn wrote an article investigating this very topic:

Making the grade an obstacle at UCLA
By Brian Dohn, Staff Writer

The comment often heard from cynics is, "Well, how big can this disparity be?  I mean seriously."  Well, in addition to this article, there is a very interesting Powerpoint online from Clemson university that goes over the topic of Academic Standards in collegiate athletics.

NCAA & Intercollegiate Athletics

In the Powerpoint they discuss Prop 16 of 1995, one of the biggest obstacles at UCLA.  Prop 48 requires that all student athletes obtain an SAT of 1010 and a GPA of 2.0 or above.  (Higher GPAs could offset lower SAT scores however and vice versa)

Surprise:  Not all schools abide by Prop 16.  Exceptions are made to a wide degree between schools and regulation of these exceptions appears to be very loose and broadly administered.  Basically, a school that has their priorities set differently that more academically minded administrations can pretty much establish exception-based admissions for anyone that comes along.

Not at Stanford or UCLA.  And with USC recruiting the cream of the crop from across the nation with it’s highly touted football team, this is one of the reasons so many prospects from Southern California, instead of going to UCLA, end up attending Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona State or Cal – schools with lesser academic standards for their athletes.