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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,'s Jerry Palm currently has the Bruins projected to face Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:09 am

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

True, at 6-7 UCLA would be in line only for a minor bowl.  The sad part is - should they actually beat Oregon on Friday night - that a UCLA 7-6 would automatically get a BCS bowl bid . . . and that would cause an 11-1, 12-1, or 11-2 team (otherwise in-line for an at-large BCS bowl slot) to settle for a lesser bowl.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:55 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

who cares? its not like the game means anything. they are just giving the kids one last chance to play. id give anything in the world to be able to play another baseball game, im sure these guys would give anything in the world to play one last football game. its not like its a BCS bowl.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:46 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

garbage know way do they deserve a bowl game

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:33 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

When a suck-@ss team with a 6-6 record can get into a bowl game, there are too many bowls........period.  JoePa sucks!

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:22 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

I'm not angry, but maybe a little amused by the system that allows this.  I hear what you are saying bruin86, but a bunch of brilliant grown men (and women) run UCLA and its athletic department.  If they had an ounce of pride and honor, they would skip the bowl season. Their team did not EARN the right to go to a 2011 bowl game.   It is that simple when you look at how bad that team was this year.  They suffered one thrashing after another. Truly embarrassing and shameful decision on "management's" part.

bruin86, aren't you ashamed?  

Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:18 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Reall?  Seems to me w3e beat Wazzu this year.  And we will beat these pansy as**s too.. Pac Fudge is so over rated you can't believe it.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:11 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Your anger is misplaced.  If anything, blame the NCAA for the number of crap bowls available.  Had USC not fallen on their sword and be put on probation, this would be partially mute - with a .500 record to be bowl eligible, UCLA would probably be playing somewhere anyway without the potential drubbing at the hands of Oregon.

And to wkuzetamu, you don't know what you are talking about.  I wish people would just stop with the "if this team was in this conference".  As most footballs fans know, playing games in your conference is much different than playing games out of conference.  Thus a bad UCLA team in 2006 beats a very good USC team - the emotions of conference play far outweighs the records of the teams playing.

However, to answer your question for you - UCLA has never been shy about playing SEC competition, and in fact has beaten the likes to Tennessee and Alabama.  And for the record, UCLA would beat Tennessee, Miss St., Vandy, kentucky, & Ol' Miss for sure (those are just bad teams) and would probably give an ordinary Auburn and Florida a run.  How do you think Georgia made it to their championship game?

I'll take the added 15-18 days of practice with or without a coach over staying at home.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:04 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

UCLA lost six games this year (that number will be seven by Friday night).  Five of those losses were more than just losses, they were big-time spankings (that number will be six by Friday night).  One of the spankings was administered by Zona.  Zona only won three other games all year, but beat UCLA by almost 40 points.

The only close UCLA loss was to Houston which was the first game of the year.  I am sure that Houston would win by 50 if they played UCLA this week. 

It must be hard for UCLA fans to feel good about their administration begging the NCAA to be allowed to play in a lower tiered bowl game.  This mockery is beyond embarrassing, probably more painful than losing to USC 50-0.

Maybe, the bowl committee will do everyone a favor and force UCLA to play Penn State in the "We Don't Give A Crap" Bowl.

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:17 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Add to Alabama's schedule...Georia Southern just recently.  Not a way to get a good bowl game.  Then idle...when big games are played in December.  Not good scheduling.  No way to influence the Polls.

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:06 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

What a joke... wow we know we're gonna get blasted so please give us a backup plan. ???? Who complains about being given the chance to play for the conference championship. NCAA setting a sad precedent. Now every team one game under .500 will be filing waiver to get into bowl games. I'm so glad Lane Kiffin took it upon himself to embarrass UCLA and run the score up. That was Lane's way of getting even with everyone for the sanctions handed down to USC. Bravo Lane, Bravo!!!! UCLA you're pathetic!

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