On Tuesday evening, a huge water main break on Sunset Boulevard flooded the UCLA campus. The water poured onto the campus for more than an hour, making its way to the UCLA athletic fields and into the famous Pauley Pavilion.
The 30-inch water main ruptured just before 4 p.m. in the 10600 block of West Sunset Boulevard and blew open a 15-foot sinkhole, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Pauley Pavilion opened in 1965, and went under massive and expensive renovations in 2010. The revamped Pauley Pavilion reopened in Nov. 2012. It cost $136 million to renovate the arena and add new locker rooms, concession stands, and video boards.
A statement from UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero: “At this hour, we are still gathering information and, to the extent possible, assessing the damage to our athletic facilities affected by the water main break. Regarding specific inquiries and concerns about Pauley Pavilion, most people are aware by now that the floor and locker rooms sustained significant flooding. The water will be removed from the floor tonight. We will then reassess the situation tomorrow morning and be able to provide additional information at the appropriate time.”
Here are the photos from the flooding, in and outside, of the historic venue, the first being the floor of the locker room. Not good:
One of the biggest reasons why 6-foot-6 wing Trevon Bluiett verbally committed to attend UCLA over the summer was the fact that his old high school coach, Ed Schilling, was hired as an assistant by new head coach Steve Alford. But the familiarity with Schilling wasn’t enough to keep Bluiett on board, as it was reported by multiple outlets on Thursday that UCLA’s lone commit has decided to reopen his recruitment.
The issue, apparently, was the fact that Los Angeles is a long way for the Indiana native to travel in order to attend college.
“I think the distance part of it played a factor,” Bluiett’s father, Reynardo Bluiett, told Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star. “When he sat down and thought about it, I think the distance from home was hard for him.”
As noted above Bluiett’s decision to de-commit leaves UCLA without a verbal commitment in the 2014 class, but it should be remembered that Isaac Hamilton will be eligible to play after sitting out the 2013-14 campaign (UTEP’s refusal to release him from his National Letter of Intent means that Hamilton will have to sit out if his latest appeal isn’t approved). In addition to Hamilton the Bruins add three other perimeter players to the program this season in Bryce Alford, Noah Allen and Zach LaVine.
Just how pressing of a need the Bruins have on the perimeter in 2014 will depend on multiple factors, including how the four newcomers develop and what happens with Kyle Anderson (who many feel is entering his final season in Westwood) and Jordan Adams. But to not have a single commitment at this stage may make some UCLA fans nervous.
In the aftermath of their missing out on point guards Jordan McLaughlin and Quentin Snider, the question has been asked in many circles what the next step would be for the UCLA basketball program. This year’s roster doesn’t have a concrete answer at the position, and it’s something that becomes even more problematic when looking towards the future under head coach Steve Alford.
But the Bruins may have found an answer, one that while a bit unconventional is also an extremely talented one.
While Hamilton will not be allowed to play this season (and he loses a year of eligibility), he is eligible to join the program and receive an athletic scholarship. This is a highly valuable addition for coach Alford and his staff, and given the questions at point guard Hamilton having to sit out a year could be a blessing in disguise should they entertain the possibility of using him there in 2014-15.
As a senior at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., Hamilton averaged 22.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game on a team that won the CIF Southern Section Class 3A title. There’s no doubt that he’s got the talent needed to make an immediate impact at UCLA. The question is whether or not he’s the best answer for the Bruins at the point in 2014-15, with Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine (and whoever the Bruins could possibly reel in on the recruiting trail, but the pickings are slim at this stage).