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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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:52 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

It seems like half the SEC goes bowling each year with a 2-6 conference record, a 6-6 overall record, 3 home wins versus the SunBelt, and an FCS win.

UCLA finished with a decent conference record of 4-4.   They should not be punished because USC is bowl ineligible.



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:44 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Hope the projection is right and UCLA plays Illinois.  One team that will be 6-7 and another that lost six in a row to finish 6-6.  And both which just fired their coaches.  Worst. Bowl Game. Ever. 



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:42 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

" I think it would be hilarious for UCLA to win and go to the Rose Bowl without a winning record or a coach"


UMM.. if UCLA wins and goes to the rosebowl they would be 7-6 and have a winning record. It is impossible for them to win and go to the rosebowl with a losing record... unbelievable.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:26 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Wait Jerry! UCLA has a large fan base and following so just like Michigan why not put them in a BCS game on Jan 2? Wink



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:23 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

I'm glad that they get to go to a bowl for their seniors but thats it... does a 6-6 UCLA really desierve a bowl game? They beat San Jose State, Oregon State, Washington State, Cal, Arizona State (ONLY GOOD WIN), and Colorado. They got beat bad by Texas (29 points), Stanfod (26), Arizona (36), Utah (25), and USC (50). Their six losses are by 25+ except for Houston. I can't wait to see Oregon ROLL OVER THEM just like USC did and they will get to go to a bowl game at 6-7 witch NO MATTER WHAT IS CRAP, becuase of this I hope they end the season at 6-8.... I hope they can turn their program around and battle for the Pac-12 South in the future but they don't belong in a bowl game this year.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:21 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

the collective gulp you just heard was coming from north broad street, western michigan and western kuntucky



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:21 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

History doesnt always matter when it comes to teams with losing records playing for post season accolades.  As recently as last season a team won their division with a losing record.  The 2010 Seahawks hosted a playoff game and surprised the defending Superbowl champs with an exciting win.  Capped by Marshawn Lynchs BEASTQUAKE.  If UCLA is successful in their bowl bid,  i'll be rooting that they get a shot at knocking off a former champ, and sending Nuheisal out to pasture with a sunset ending.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:20 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

I agree that teams should have to have a winning record to play in a bowl game. But the current assumption is that if a team reaches 6 wins, they have a .500 record because there is NO way they could be playing in a conference championship game. What a joke this is. Not only should UCLA not play in a bowl game, they shouldn't even be able to play in the Pac-12 conf champ. game. Walkover for Oregon.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:18 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

I'm good with it.  If SEC teams who play 4 Sun Belt Conference teams can go to a bowl after posting a 2-6 league record then so can UCLA.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:14 pm
 

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

TW200: I don't know what your issues are, but money has little to do with UCLA's desire to go to a bowl game.  Whatever bowl they play in will be a low tier one that doesn't pay very much, and after the expenses are paid the remainder is split among all 12 Pac-12 teams equally.  The net to the school is almost literally peanuts!  What IS important is the extra 15 practice days they will get during December for a young team that really needs all the practice time they can get.


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