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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: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:11 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

I totally agree...NO WAY should a team with a losing record go to a bowl game.

I also totally agree that at 6 and 6 team should not go to a bowl game.  A bowl game should be a reward!!!  Plus games against teams in the FCS should not count toward the 7 win minimum!!! comments would have been better if you left a a few of the expletives.

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:09 pm
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Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:05 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

How could ucla even file the petition in the first place.  Couldn't be money could it?
Where's the respect for the teams that won 6 games and don't have a losing record.
So ucla goes to bear sh*t bowl and loses....again.
2011 record for ucla 6 - 8. Nice
Mr. Guerrero, you are doing a fabulous job running the athletic department. 

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:03 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Speaking as a fan of UCLA, why would anyone want to prolong this miserable season?   Take a page out of Notre Dame's book from a couple of years back, show some dignity and skip Bowl season after the coach has already been fired.  If there's any petition to file, it should be to the Pac-12 to allow Stanford to take the Bruins' place in the conference championship.  

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:02 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Why would UCLA position themselves to become a cliché? Tragedy comes in 3’s….

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:00 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

That's TOTALLY MESSED (F*%*%D) UP!!!!! WHY???????????????????? Even though UCLA won their section of the PAC 12, they STILL will have a LOSINGGGGGGG RECORD after Oregon BEATS THE CRAP out of them & they are allowed to go to a bowl game with a 6-7 record? That is NOT right at all. They are screwing some other team from going to a bowl that DESERVES it & with a better record!!!

Also, WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY in the HE%L is Illinois going to a bowl game? They start out 6-0, basically against EASY teams & then when they started BIG 10 play, they LOSE ALL their games except for maybe 1!!!! That's MESSED (F&^%$D) UP TOO!!!!

The NCAA is TOTALLY F"""""&quo
t;""""D UP for allowing this BULLS**T to happen!!!

IN MY OPINION, IF you play 12 games, YOU MUST have 7 wins to qualify for a bowl game. IF you play 13 games, YOU MUST have 8 wins to qualify for a bowl game!!! Why should a team that goes 6-6 go to a bowl game?????????? That tells me that they are a MEDIOCRE team that ONLY wins NO MORE  50% of their games!!!! Why reward a team that basically SUCKS!!!!!

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:00 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

I agree. This totally validates what Neuheisel said about the program. They want to be represented in the bowl games and such, but they don't bother to put the effort (or faith) in the coach or the program. Apparently UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero has Neuheisel coaching the PAC-12 Championship game against Oregon, but has already stated that he would not coach any bowl game UCLA is invited to. Honestly, with the number of schools that are projected to play in the BCS bowls that didn't even win their conference or even make it to their conference's championship game, I think it would be hilarious for UCLA to win and go to the Rose Bowl without a winning record or a coach.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:58 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

This just magnifies the face that there should be fewer--much fewer--bowl games.  A bowl game used to be a reward for an excellent season.  Now, teams get rewarded for mediocrity.  For shame.  I'm not sure I'd want to play a game in a nearly half-empty stadium.  UCLA, decline the bowl bid if you lose to Oregon--which you will.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:32 pm

NCAA approves UCLA's bowl waiver petition

Wow..this sounds like a great work of faith by the Director of Athletics...submitt the petition well in advance to the championship game.  I wonder if they will now let the "fired" coach still be coach for the bowl game as well as the PAC12 title game....sounds like fun times in LALA land

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