It was time for a lesson at the end of UCLA's spring football practice Tuesday. The curriculum: Don't lose your temper and don't move before the snap.
Coach Rick Neuheisel fired off a stern lecture after post-play shoving and talking became serious. Tight end Morrell Presley ripped safety Rahim Moore's helmet off. Safety E.J. Woods jumped into the fray, leading Neuheisel to admonish the team, saying, "We're trying to build a program and you're doing [foolish] stuff."
Afterward, Neuheisel said, "You have to remind them they can't lose their temper. That can cost us a game. . . . Obviously, they lost it and it got personal and resulted in a scuffle."
Still, Neuheisel said, "You like that they're passionate. You just have to channel it."
The flip side came from a cranky Norm Chow. The offensive coordinator put his unit through punitive post-practice exercises to drive home the point that they know the snap count on every play. Players were jumping before the snap throughout practice.