Wow! Great for Jordyn. I thought she’d become an official asst head coach at UCLA.
She's more than ready to take on her own team, and I think there will be a few years of adjustment for UCLA after Miss Val's departure. She was a one-of-a-kind head coach, so it'll be interesting to see how adjustments are made.I guess it makes the most sense to try to make her mark elsewhere. Ms. Val's shadow will be hard to escape.
I am relieved this is not more serious gymnastics news.I am massively disappointed. I thought UCLA was better than this. I was wrong.
And as long as the person is academically qualified and not just using the Caire/family friend connection as their only means to gain admittance to the school...Somebody’s got to spot practice, set up bars, and monitor the gear. As long as it’s not a scholarship slot...
I tutored enough UCLA recruited athletes in football and basketball to know that "academically qualified" had a whole different meaning when it came to recruited athletes in high visibility sports. Sports with lower visibility back then -- like swimming, crew, volleyball and gymnastics -- tended to have very good students. These days, gymnastics is a very high visibility sport, and I have no idea what the academic chops of recruited athletes are like at UCLA in gymnastics. I do know that UCLA turns away tens of thousands of academically qualified applicants every year. As a (at least nominally) publicly supported university, "side door" admissions like hers are inappropriate, even if they aren't illegal. There are plenty of qualified UCLA students who would be thrilled to have a team association like a manager role for a sport like this.And as long as the person is academically qualified and not just using the Caire/family friend connection as their only means to gain admittance to the school...
Well, it is questionable that athletics is considered AT ALL, especially when athletes are competing within their own separate candidate pool ... But then their is from getting alumnus out to Pasadena a few times a year, if not campus.But, as a UCLA grad, I'm disappointed. It is a public university that gets more than 120K applicants/year and turns many away. Admission is not supposed to work like this there.
If she is going to be able to get into LSU’s rotation, this is absolutely the best choice. SEC has the best competition, and the meets at LSU are wildly popular. Plus (selfishly for me), the SEC Network broadcasts the meets every Friday, so I will be watch. Big10 Network hardly shows any meets.With the injury taking her out of Worlds contention, and her Olympic chances dwindling, I wonder if Alyona decided to go for the SEC experience instead of the B1G.