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As UCLA football hits big time on field, it walks through muck off it

As UCLA football hits big time on field, it walks through muck off it

When Jim Mora was introduced as the new UCLA football coach in December of 2011, he vowed to take the Bruins to the big time. "I'd say that it's a sleeping giant in college football," he said. Well, yeah, the UCLA program has since awakened, but with such an unholy ruckus that old-timers could be forgiven for wishing it would just go back to bed. In the last six months, the Bruins have emerged from a longtime slumber, loudly slammed both feet on to the floor, and stomped up to that exclusive corner of the college football landscape filled with titillating controversies and tabloid headlines. You wanted the big time, UCLA football fans? Welcome to the big time. ...

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