March 15, 1994 |
The coaching turnover at UCLA continued Monday with the announcement that Bill Rees, the Bruin recruiting coordinator, would leave Westwood after 15 seasons to become an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Kansas. UCLA hired Mike Sherman, most recently on the staff at Texas A&M, as an assistant and placed him in charge of the offensive line.
March 1, 1994 |
UCLA has hired Norm Andersen to succeed Rick Neuheisel as receivers coach. Andersen played for Bruin coaches Pepper Rodgers and Dick Vermeil in 1973-75, catching 61 passes for 1,051 yards and six touchdowns during three seasons when the Bruins were primarily a running team. He played in the 1976 Rose Bowl game, catching a 14-yard pass from John Sciarra early in the third quarter to help open up a UCLA offense that had been shut out in the first half of a 23-10 victory over Ohio State.
February 18, 1994 |
Three-fourths of UCLA's offensive coaching staff have left since the end of the season, with receiver coach Rick Neuheisel being the latest defection. Neuheisel said Thursday that he has accepted a job coaching quarterbacks and receivers at Colorado. His move follows those of offensive coordinator Homer Smith, to Alabama, and line coach Bob Palcic, to the Atlanta Falcons. The lone coach remaining from last season's offensive staff is Wayne Moses, who works with running backs.
February 6, 1994 |
With Bob Toledo as offensive coordinator, Texas A&M set the Southwest Conference rushing record with 3,629 yards two seasons ago and a school scoring record with 404 points in 1993. With Toledo as offensive coordinator, Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave finished second in the Pacific 10 Conference in touchdown passes, with 60 for his career, and Chris Miller twice passed for more than 2,200 yards in a season. So is Toledo a rushing or passing coach?
September 27, 2008 |
Jeff Baca will trot onto the field today as UCLA's starting left tackle, the first time the Bruins have started a true freshman on the offensive line since Shannon Tevaga in 2004. Baca, who this time last year was playing for Mission Viejo High, will be asked to help improve a running game that ranks 117th out of 119 major-college teams, as well as protect quarterback Kevin Craft's blind side. That's a big order for anyone, even if he's 6 feet 4, 280 pounds. But Baca knows it's an honor.
November 10, 2008 |
The subject is bound to come up this week. Rick Neuheisel knows he can't avoid it. With his team playing at Washington on Saturday, the UCLA coach will return to a place where he has some less-than-pleasant history. "I have truthfully not thought about it for a long time," he said. "But now that it's here, I've been forced to think about it." Neuheisel spent four seasons coaching the Huskies before the university fired him over his involvement in an NCAA basketball betting pool.
August 23, 2010 |
The twists and turns and, unfortunately for the Bruins, the breaks the offensive line has gone through has brought senior guard Darius Savage back to the forefront. Center Kai Maiava suffered a fractured ankle in a scrimmage Saturday, forcing Ryan Taylor to shift from left guard to center, leaving open a starting spot that Savage has at the moment. Savage had been filling the right guard spot while Eddie Williams recovered from a concussion. Williams returned to practice Monday and Savage switched sides.
September 16, 2009 |
UCLA will be short-handed, especially in the secondary, on Saturday after Coach Rick Neuheisel suspended four players for the game. Cornerback Courtney Viney , tailback Milton Knox , wide receiver Morrell Presley and wide receiver Randall Carroll will sit out one game for a violation of team rules. All four will practice with the team this week. The undisclosed incident did not occur in Tennessee over the weekend, according to a team source, who is not authorized to speak about the situation.
August 13, 2008 |
UCLA's quarterback situation has overtaken every other story coming out of training camp this week. Can Kevin Craft find consistency? Will Chris Forcier learn the offense? Does Troy Aikman have any eligibility remaining? But what will determine how much success the Bruins can achieve this season remains the offensive line. During spring practice, offensive line coach Bob Palcic was not handed the Seven Blocks of Granite, but a bag of cement and some water. Basically, he's still mixing.
October 22, 2008 |
Tackle Jeff Baca hobbled off the UCLA practice field Tuesday, creating more turmoil for the Bruins' offensive line. Baca, a freshman who had settled in at left tackle, suffered what was called a strained hamstring during practice. He will be re-evaluated today, but there were concerns among coaches that he tore the left hamstring. The injury resulted in another shuffling of the offensive line. Micah Kia moved from right tackle to left tackle.