Edney returns to UCLA after 15 years and 4.8 seconds

Published Dec. 14, 2010 1:52 p.m. ET

By Ben Bolch
Los Angeles Times

December 14, 2010

Lunch tray in his hands, Tyus Edney cut to the left, then to the right.

This time he couldn't find an opening. Every seat inside the UCLA student union was occupied on a rainy day, leaving the former Bruins point guard to make a mad dash for the nearby athletic offices.

Edney went unnoticed amid the crush of students, some of whom were still in diapers 15 years ago when the diminutive dynamo made one of the most celebrated shots in NCAA tournament history.

Top-seeded UCLA was only 4.8 seconds from an upset loss to Missouri in the second round when Edney raced up the floor, twisted around the outstretched arms of the Tigers' 6-foot-9 Derek Grimm and banked in the winning layup at the buzzer.

It was the flash point for the Bruins' most recent national title run and a highlight that remains embedded in the Pauley Pavilion video board. Not that UCLA's new director of basketball operations would mind if his alma mater produced some fresh material.

"I think we're headed in that direction again," Edney said of winning a championship.

Edney, 37, has become a face of the program again, his image featured alongside those of current players during a video promotion shown before Bruins' home games. The promo ends with the mantra, "Champions begin here."

Though Edney's role is ostensibly to handle administrative duties