January 1, 2008 |
Game was an elixir for Bruins On the morning of Monday, Jan. 2, 1984, with UCLA set to play Illinois in the Rose Bowl, Bruins Coach Terry Donahue got a sickening feeling when he showed up at the team's pre-game meal at the Beverly Hilton. "Half the team was missing," Donahue recalled Monday. "I asked [trainer] Ducky Drake where everybody was, and he said they were sick." Food poisoning, or maybe a massive flu bug, had ravaged Donahue's team. And the sickest was starting quarterback Rick Neuheisel.
October 22, 1994
Here's to Frank Batchkoff. A guy who played four years at UCLA during which time the team won two Rose Bowls, a Fiesta Bowl, a Freedom Bowl and seven of every 10 games it played. A guy who claims, "Donahue was our Achilles' heel." Frank would look for the manure in a room full of ponies. Ninety-five percent of the I-A schools in this country would love to have the record that Coach Donahue has established at UCLA. By the way, Frank, didn't you sell your Rose Bowl tickets this year to a Wisconsin fan?
November 19, 1993
UCLA radio commentator David Norrie, a featured guest of the L.A. Bond Club USC-UCLA luncheon at the Biltmore Bowl on Thursday, delivered a rather eloquent speech. Then it was Craig Fertig's turn at the microphone. "I see where David had to use notes, but I don't. I had a formal eduction," said the Prime Ticket commentator, a former USC quarterback and assistant coach.
October 8, 1993 |
David Norrie no longer calls plays for the UCLA football team, but the former Bruin quarterback is making a name for himself with his descriptions and insights about them. Norrie, who led UCLA to the 1986 Rose Bowl, is in his third season as the color commentator for Bruin radio broadcasts. A novice when he was hired in 1991 by KMPC-710, Norrie has learned and improved quickly. His experience as a player is evident in his analysis.
September 3, 1989 |
At UCLA, where success is sometimes measured as much by Trojan misfortune as by Bruin accomplishment, failing to reach the Rose Bowl with Troy Aikman was made just slightly more tolerable when USC lost each year to the Big Ten champions. Of course, that's not all that UCLA had to gloat about. While the Trojans were losing in Pasadena, the Bruins won bowl games in each of Aikman's two seasons in Westwood, establishing a National Collegiate Athletic Assn. record last Jan. 2 with their seventh straight postseason victory, a 17-3 beating of Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
December 21, 1987 |
Flipper Anderson knows about quarterbacks. As a fifth-year split end, he has worked with a bunch of different quarterbacks at UCLA--Rick Neuheisel, Steve Bono, David Norrie, Matt Stevens, Brendan McCracken. He even was a pretty good quarterback himself at one time, when he was a senior at Paulsboro High School in New Jersey. So, based on his experience, what's his opinion of UCLA's current quarterback, Troy Aikman? "He was a God-send," Anderson said.