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UCLA's nonconference schedule gives them strength, despite some snickers

UCLA's nonconference schedule gives them strength, despite some snickers

Since the second game of the season, UCLA assistant coach Duane Broussard has been a marked man.

In their season opener, the Bruins lost to Monmouth. In the second game, they endured a tense, five-point win over Cal Poly, and by the postgame news conference, UCLA Coach Steve Alford was frustrated. The schedule, he said, was too much too soon.

"We've got a day off tomorrow," Alford said. "Maybe I'll sit and talk with coach Broussard who does our scheduling, because he scheduled way," he held this last word for emphasis, "over his head right now."

It became something like a ritual. Given any opportunity, Alford would rib Broussard about the...

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