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Ben Bolch

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Ben Bolch covers UCLA football, basketball and every other sport on campus. He previously covered Bruins basketball from 2010-11 but doesn't believe he deserves any blame for his hometown N.C. State Wolfpack temporarily halting John Wooden's run of national championships in 1974 when he was 2 months old.

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  • Stanford was a goal, but not a fit, for UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen

    Stanford was a goal, but not a fit, for UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen

    Some of Josh Rosen’s first childhood crushes were on the universities he dreamed of attending. He fell in love with Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale in elementary school without setting foot on campus,  because their imagery evoked the Ivy League educations his parents received. He became infatuated...

  • Pressure, personal matter affected UCLA linebacker Mique Juarez

    Pressure, personal matter affected UCLA linebacker Mique Juarez

    UCLA linebacker Mique Juarez said Tuesday he hoped to return to practice as soon as next week after a nearly six-week absence caused by the mental strain of being a highly acclaimed freshman and another personal matter he declined to discuss. “Being the top [high school] linebacker in the nation,...

  • Bruins know they face a tough task in stopping Christian McCaffrey

    Bruins know they face a tough task in stopping Christian McCaffrey

    A McCaffrey has flustered UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley going back to the mid-1980s. Ed McCaffrey grew up in Allentown, Pa., giving Bradley hope that he might be able to lure the standout wide receiver to Penn State when Bradley coached there. But McCaffrey picked Stanford in something...

  • UCLA takes team approach in prepping for Stanford and top running back Christian McCaffrey

    UCLA takes team approach in prepping for Stanford and top running back Christian McCaffrey

    The honor of mimicking Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey in practice Wednesday went to Theo Howard … and Damian Alloway … and Christian Pabico … and Brad Sochowski … and Craig Myers … and Stephen Johnson III. It took nearly half the UCLA scout team to help prepare the defense for what likely will...

  • UCLA's Takkarist McKinley, Mique Juarez exchange barbs on Twitter

    UCLA's Takkarist McKinley, Mique Juarez exchange barbs on Twitter

    The nearly six-week absence of UCLA linebacker Mique Juarez appears to be causing a rift among the team that went public Monday. Defensive end Takkarist McKinley questioned Juarez regarding his whereabouts on Twitter, prompting a pointed retort from the Bruins’ most highly acclaimed freshman. Juarez,...

  • UCLA's Darren Andrews turns a negative into a positive

    UCLA's Darren Andrews turns a negative into a positive

    Darren Andrews rose to his feet after a long reception in the first quarter. His arm outstretched, he clutched the ball in his hand before releasing it to taunt the defender he had just beaten. A drop was once again an issue for a UCLA receiver. This time it was intentionally letting go rather...

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