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NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 5:28 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

So it turns out that no matter what happens in Friday night's inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game, it will not be the final time UCLA plays this season. The NCAA announced on Wednesday that it had approved UCLA's bowl waiver petition.

“As a program, we appreciate the NCAA approving our petition for a bowl waiver,” said UCLA Director of Athletics 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 reason this was in question was because UCLA finished the regular season at 6-6, in second place in the Pac-12's South Division, but due to USC's postseason ban, the Bruins were the team to move on to the championship game. Well, if UCLA loses that game against heavily-favored Oregon, the Bruins would be 6-7 on the season, and teams with losing records aren't normally allowed to play in bowl games.

That is, not without a waiver from the NCAA.

As for where UCLA would play in a bowl game, CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm currently has the Bruins projected to face Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Comments

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:57 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Whats embarassing about this is'nt the fact tha the bowl waiver was granted by the NCAA... but the fact that UCLA asked for it before their game with Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship.

It's like they're already conceding victory to Oregon. What kind of message is this sending to the players? "Guys, were going to get SMASHED this weekend, so we applied for a bowl waiver just in case..."

That's just sad. If I was a player on UCLA I think I would be pretty insulted right now.



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:32 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Thank God - now Boise has an opponent in the Humanitarian Bowl.



Since: Jan 9, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:28 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Wow this is hillarious.  I mean lame.  The funny part is I think UCLA would gladly make their record 6-7 right now and skip this weekends game to avoid the humiliation they're about to receive.  Good stuff.  Sorry UCLA fans, its not your fault, USC sanctions are the only reason you're in this embarrassing mess.  



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:21 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

You should have to have both a winning combined and winning conference record to be bowl eligible....500 teams shouldn't even make it, regardless of their conference affiliation...why reward mediocrity? 




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:19 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

This is a complete affront to college football...You had a losing season...the 4th place Sun Belt team is more deserving of a bowl game than these clowns...They deserve the Famous Idaho Potatoes Bowl, if any. At this point, they would get stomped by the 3rd or 4th place WAC team...



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:37 am
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Conference championship game losers don't usually go to lower bowl games because most of them are pretty good. See Georgia and Wiscy at 10-3. They won't be going to the Liberty Bowl or Pizza Bowl or anything like that. And yes, I just told you LSU and Michigan State will win their conference. I believe the MAC guarantees that the division winners go to their two "top" bowl bids, not that it says much.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:36 am
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Conference championship game losers don't usually go to lower bowl games because most of them are pretty good. See Georgia and Wiscy at 10-3. They will won't be going to the Liberty Bowl or Pizza Bowl or anything like that. And yes, I just told you LSU and Michigan State will win their conference. I believe the MAC guarantees that the division winners go to their two "top" bowl bids, not that it says much.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:05 am
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Then why should teams, in conference championship games, that lose, go to lesser bowl games! they also play an extra game!



Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:59 am
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

A lot of you are missing the point here - it's because of extraordinary circumstances by which UCLA technically is forced to play in this extra game due to USC post season ban that they may end up 6-7. Under ordinary circumstances, they won't play in the Pac 12 Championship and end the season 6-6, thus qualifying them for a bowl game. They shouldn't be forced to miss out on playing in a bowl game just because USC screwed up and allowed UCLA to play another game. Why take away the reward of playing in a bowl game? Yes, they're 6-6 and that may be rewarding mediocrity (blame the bowl system), but the rule says 6 wins qualifies a team for a bowl game.



Since: Oct 17, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:40 am
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Thanks truj, that's interesting.   I guess one person thought it would come into play or they wouldn't have the rule in there.   I sure never thought that could happen!


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