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UCLA granted bowl waiver from NCAA

Richard Brehaut, Johnathan Franklin

At 6-6 with an interim coach and on the wrong end of a 31-point spread for this Friday’s Pac-12 championship game against Oregon, UCLA stands a pretty good chance to finish the regular season at 6-7. Yet, the Bruins had applied for a bowl waiver from the NCAA in hopes that, in the event UCLA finished with a losing record, they could still go to a bowl game.

That waiver has been granted, according to an official statement from the school.

“As a program, we appreciate the NCAA approving our petition for a bowl waiver,” said UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero in a release. “We will be able to give our 18 seniors one more chance to represent their university and end their collegiate careers on a high note, regardless of the outcome of this Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game. We’d like to thank the NCAA for considering the unique situation in which we find ourselves this year and rewarding us with this opportunity.”

The reasoning behind the NCAA move is really pretty simple. UCLA made the Pac-12 championship game by default because of USC’s sanctions and the Pac-12 is already struggling to fill all its bowl slots. No matter what happens in the conference championship game, the Pac-12 looks like it will send two teams — the conference champion and Stanford — to a BCS bowl. That leaves six non-BCS bowl slots to be filled by five bowl eligible teams.

Should UCLA lose the Pac-12 title game and their bowl — most likely the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl — they would end the season at 6-8.

Yeesh.

North Texas (represent!) made the New Orleans Bowl in 2001 with a 5-6 regular season record. Elite company indeed.

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16 Responses to “UCLA granted bowl waiver from NCAA”
  1. bozosforall says: Nov 30, 2011 5:54 PM

    Lame.

    And North Texas at least won their conference to earn the NO Bowl berth. UCLA won’t do that.

    Give the bowl berth to a team that at least finished with a winning record, damn the conference affiliation.

  2. thekatman says: Nov 30, 2011 6:00 PM

    Dan Guerrero’s and UCLA’s selfish motivation to bring money into the shcool is a short sighted effort. The embarrassment that playing in the Pac-12 Champoionship Game, know full well, that they are not qualified to play in that game… then the audacity to petition for a Bowl Game, just to bring in some bucks at the expense of the players, is a joke.

    The football team has taken enough grief this season under Neuheisal, but having a 6-6 season, the hug loss to USC, the blow out losses against the other teams, and then to be completely embarrassed on National TV when they play Oregon, as 31.5 pt underdogs, which my money is on Oregon by 50 pts.

    Now you want the UCLA players in another potential loss and more embarrassment in a Bowl Game. Again… Dan Guerrero and the UCLA Administration doesn’t show me any style, class nor grace. I guess, if the shoe fits, wear it.

    UCLA alumni are furious with this move, Guerrero and Neuheisal. Perhaps Guerrero needs to be fired too.

  3. thekatman says: Nov 30, 2011 6:01 PM

    My apologies for the typos……

  4. bozosforall says: Nov 30, 2011 6:40 PM

    pussboy,

    The Bruins earned the Pac-12 title game berth, regardless of what you think. The players deserve their shot at the title and if they somehow beat Oregon, they will have earned a bowl spot. However, if they lose, they shouldn’t even be offered, much less accept, a bowl bid under any circumstances.

    Even if they do accept a bowl bid, win or lose, they will still have more class than their crosstown rivals, USC.

  5. cowhawkfan says: Nov 30, 2011 6:52 PM

    I agree with bozosforall. UCLA did what they had to do to be in this position. I guarantee if you poll the UCLA players they WANT the chance to play in a bowl. USC may be winni g on the field, but they couldn’t handle their business off the field. UCLA would be 6-6 without being forced into the Championship game and no one would complain about a 500 team being in a lower tier bowl.

  6. pastabelly says: Nov 30, 2011 7:04 PM

    Schools don’t make any money on third tired bowl games. Many lose money on the travel costs. UCLA is doing this as a reward for the players. They will probably get blown out in the CG and a bowl could be a better send off.

  7. billmead1976 says: Nov 30, 2011 7:38 PM

    ucla is a joke. why they want to extend to season and continue to torture their players is beyond me.

    why would they keep wanting to remind their athletes what a terrible decision they made to play at ucla?

    U Can’t Learn Anything
    &
    B Ruined for life.

  8. billmead1976 says: Nov 30, 2011 7:39 PM

    ucla alumni are not furious with the move…their alumni don’t even watch the games. ever been to a ucla home game? there’s nobody there.

  9. bozosforall says: Nov 30, 2011 8:36 PM

    billmead1976 says:
    Nov 30, 2011 7:38 PM
    ucla is a joke. why they want to extend to season and continue to torture their players is beyond me.

    why would they keep wanting to remind their athletes what a terrible decision they made to play at ucla?

    U Can’t Learn Anything
    &
    B Ruined for life.

    __
    Still better than being

    University of Spending Cash (paying players)

    &

    (too bad their dads didn’t wear) Trojans (when they had sex with the butt ugly baby mamas)

    Also, UCLA lives in a much better neighborhood.

  10. goblue714 says: Nov 30, 2011 8:52 PM

    They did what they had to do? They wern’t even competitive in their losses. They’re a 32pt underdog that’s embarrassing.

  11. addict2sport says: Nov 30, 2011 10:36 PM

    50-0

  12. addict2sport says: Nov 30, 2011 10:38 PM

    Maybe the bRuins can use the bowl money to purchase another round of handicap parking placards for the team.

  13. florida727 says: Dec 1, 2011 8:18 AM

    One above poster was right: when you go to a third-tier bowl game, you lose money. They’re clearly not doing this to haul in some cash bonanza. It’ll cost them to go.

    That said, they have no justification for going if/when they lose to Oregon. A team with a losing record hasn’t earned the right to go to a bowl game, regardless of what level of bowl game that is. The whole our-conference-has-6-slots-and-we-need-to-send-teams thing is just plain wrong. You send teams based on merit, not because they might send a few fans. Wherever UCLA goes, at least half the stadium will be empty… and the TV ratings will likely be very close to a negative number.

  14. mondzy805 says: Dec 1, 2011 11:17 AM

    Just a sorry Excuse to go to a Bowl Game. Lets call this this the UCLA Rule. Go Trojans. Fight On.

  15. quizguy66 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:31 PM

    70 teams will make a bowl this year. 70!

    That’s just crazy.

    Anyhow, nice to see at least one team with a worse record than my Illini will be bowl bound.

    -QG

  16. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 1, 2011 7:41 PM

    @ mondzy805

    Actually I’d call it the Seattle Seahawks rule.

    No Pete Carroll joke implied

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