What’s Bruin Show (164) – UCLA football springs forward

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In episode 164 of the What’s Bruin Show, we return after three weeks to bring you the latest info on UCLA football’s spring practice, the Jim Mora-Josh Rosen experience, UCLA women’s basketball heading into the future and men’s basketball going through some changes heading into the off-season.

In this latest episode, hosts Bill Shirley, Jake Merrifield and I welcome back LA Sports Hub writer Jamaal Artis to join us on our return from spring break. After three weeks, a lot of information has built up and we discuss everything from UCLA football returning to spring practice and the future of both men’s and women’s UCLA basketball teams.

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After the plethora of Go Joe Bruin headlines, we start the show with a look at the UCLA football team and examine the changes in roster from the non-addition of Washington grad transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels to the addition of a freshman receiver, two juco transfers and the return of two defensive players who were thought to have left the program.

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And since it is the off-season, there are already early projections about how UCLA will finish and we discuss these and our predictions for the Bruins next season.

We then weigh in on one of the strangest storylines involving former UCLA football personnel as we look into the chatter surrounding Jim Mora and Josh Rosen. Are Mora’s words a hatchet job? Is he indirectly helping Rosen? Why is it so awkward every time Mora speaks? We get into all of that.

We then turn to the women of UCLA basketball as they end their season with a strong finish, but take an exit in the Elite 8. We look at the accomplishments of the Bruins and the direction they are heading into the future.

Speaking of direction, we look at the men of Westwood and the direction they are taking, but it might be without Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes, both of who have declared for the NBA Draft, but have not hired an agent to keep open the possibility of returning to UCLA. But is a return in the cards, especially for Hands who apparently has a rift with head coach Steve Alford?

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All of this and more in Episode 164 of the podcast you all know and love, the What’s Bruin Show.  Be sure to subscribe to WBS on iTunes. You can also listen on Podomatic.com and Stitcher.