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Ditching practice tradition draws ire at UCLA

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07:59 AM ET 12.21 | Bruins players revived the "over-the-wall" antic Tuesday, ditching practice after warming up. "It was the seniors' decision," said junior running back Johnathan Franklin, a team captain. "We're going to get together for a team activity." Asked whether it will remain a tradition when he is a senior, Franklin said, "It won't be happening." UCLA players have talked in the last few years about changing the culture in the program. That didn't preclude the Bruins from revisiting a stunt introduced in 1980, when the team was preparing for a season finale against Oregon State. The ditch day has surged and ebbed over the years but had been dormant since 2008. "It's one of those deals that's a tradition for the guys," said Mike Johnson, UCLA's interim coach. "I knew it was a possibility," Johnson said, so he was prepared. Johnson said no one would be disciplined for participating. Other coaches weren't as accepting about the situation. Defensive coordinator Joe Tresey gave cornerback Andrew Abbott an earful outside the locker room.

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Jonathan Franklin, Icon SMI Jonathan Franklin, Icon SMI
December 21, 2011  08:10 AM ET

When you're in a bowl game with a losing record, you gotta do SOMETHING to draw some attention to your team.

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December 21, 2011  08:29 AM ET

That sounds like a great

December 21, 2011  08:30 AM ET
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That sounds like a great

idea. skip practice when you suck

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December 21, 2011  08:45 AM ET
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Where is the thread discussing the NCAA's sanctions against Oh state????

Unbelievable how ez they got off. Then the AD was upset at not being able to got to a bowl next year-he should be kissing the NCAA's arse.

December 21, 2011  08:57 AM ET
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Unbelievable how ez they got off. Then the AD was upset at not being able to got to a bowl next year-he should be kissing the NCAA's arse.

NCAA is scared of the B1G

December 21, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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Unbelievable how ez they got off. Then the AD was upset at not being able to got to a bowl next year-he should be kissing the NCAA's arse.

I would imagine U$C fans are not too pleased about it.

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December 21, 2011  09:31 AM ET
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Yeah wouldn't doubt his hire is part of why they got off EZ

Lane "secondary violation" Kiffin hire had to be one of the reasons USC got hammered.

December 21, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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Lane "secondary violation" Kiffin hire had to be one of the reasons USC got hammered.

Multiple violations in multiple sports didn't help either ...

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December 21, 2011  10:12 AM ET

Practice! Practice?...We talkin' practice here, not a game...PRACTICE....it's practice....

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