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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
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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
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Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:03 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

i agree with you except  no. of conf.  how about 12 conf of 10 teams each(like you say, wont ever happen). why i like the 10 team conf, EVERYONE would play everyone else in conf. and then you only have to fill up 3 teams for ooc games(instead of 4 or 5 like all conf except big12 and pac12) they only play 3 ooc games. also you would not need any wildcards. in the 12 team conf situation, you never play all the teams. in the sec this year. alabama did not play so.car,  georgia  or kent. they played tenn (2 conf wins), vandy(same), fla(3 conf wins)had they played ga and sc who knows, they might have lost those 2 that are much better teams. so it all comes down to luck of the draw in 12 team conf, where you only play 75% of the teams in the conf. granted there would not be playoff for the conf championship, which would cost the conf money. in comes the playoffs, and they would recoup the money. good idea but wont ever happen, too many conf want  5 ooc games to pad the schedule. would be nice though



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:02 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

LaHooser you are absolutely correct.  Make sure everyone plays in each game and gets a trophy at the end of the year.  Teams with losing records shouldn't be permitted to play in a bowl games, especially if it means a team with a winning record stays home because their fans "don't travel well."



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:59 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

@Trojans08

That's real funny considering that SDSU beat WSU by a larger margin than 6 PAC-12 schools did, including Oregon, UCLA and ASU (which lost to WSU).



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:59 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

UCLA should do the right thing, and just say, if they don`t finish the season above .500, they`ll turn down any bowl invitation.



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:31 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

@hooterville-I do think that San Diego St is projected to play Temple ( also 8-4 ) in the New Mexico Bowl . Ithink that both the people watching will see agood game .



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:25 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

SDSU can't compete witht he teams in the PAC 12. Period!

The worst team in the PAC 12 would school SDSU in football that is!



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:24 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

The big winner here is the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, who was desperately hoping that UCLA would be the host team, instead of having to take two non-Pac 12 teams.  UCLA's opponent could be a team like Iowa State or Illinois, a 6-6 team.  While this game will more or less be ingnored by most fans, with UCLA playing in the game in San Francisco on New Years eve, the game will draw a few thousand more fans than if two teams from outside the Pac 12 played in the game.  This appears to be the NCAA's way of apologising to the Pac 12 for causing this mess to begin with. 



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:12 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

This decision is in keeping with the "everyone is a winner" culture now prevalent in the US. At some point, perhaps the NCAA should just give every program an extra game, regardless of records. That would be in keeping with this type of decision.




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:07 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

WHO WOULD WANT THEM ?



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:07 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

and all the hillbilly Big 10 fans and pothead Pac 12 fans will claim both teams would of won the SEC if only everone wasnt so biased.
Hillbilly? Do the Appalachians stretch through, say, Illinois or Wisconsin or Minnesota on your map? SEC fans calling Big 10 fans hillbillies. No further comment. Tongue out


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