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 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.
September 17, 2008 |
Freshman tackle Jeff Baca was taking repetitions with the first team. Freshman running back Derrick Coleman was getting repeated carries at tailback. Brandon Bennett settled in at right guard. UCLA's practice Tuesday had the appearance of a casting call, as Bruins coaches responded to being blown out, 59-0, by Brigham Young by trying to shake up an offense that has produced two touchdowns in two games. The biggest upheaval was on the offensive line, which has performed poorly through two games.
August 23, 2008 |
UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft and the Bruins' offense labored Friday, flailing away during a no-pads practice. The low point was three consecutive passes that Craft had intercepted. "It was sloppy," Craft said. "On a day like this, when we come out without shoulder pads, it's hard to keep mental focus. It wasn't a total loss, but it wasn't what we wanted out of it, and it wasn't what I wanted out of it." The performance on offense didn't have Coach Rick Neuheisel pressing the panic button, but his assessment of Craft was that "this was the first day in a while that I thought he took a step backwards."