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.
April 22, 2010 |
UCLA football players ran into a wall they couldn't go over or get past this week … senior tackle Micah Kia . There was talk among players about ditching practice Tuesday with an "Over the Wall" day, a UCLA football tradition. The idea didn't get past Kia. "I just told boys, ‘No, we're not going over the wall,' " Kia said. "I wasn't the only player to disagree. I was the one who kind of said something about it. We have a lot of long-term goals, and in order to reach them every practice counts."
August 9, 2011 |
UCLA isn't accustomed to getting players during training camp. Watching them limp off to the training room is the usual drill. But Tuesday the Bruins received a boost at two positions where depth is a question, picking up cornerback Jamie Graham and guard Albert Cid . Graham, who played three seasons at Vanderbilt, was accepted into UCLA's graduate school. Cid, a transfer from Citrus College, was admitted into the school as an undergraduate. Both are immediately eligible.
August 23, 2011 |
UCLA's bad luck on its offensive line looked as if it had struck again Tuesday when guard Chris Ward was carted off the field because of an ankle injury. After X-rays and an examination, it was determined to be a sprain and the school announced his status was day to day. "We've got our fingers crossed that he will be back shortly," Coach Rick Neuheisel said. The Bruins have had injuries to a couple of key linemen in the last year. Guard Jeff Baca is still recovering from a broken ankle, suffered in spring practice.
December 18, 2009 |
Offensive lineman Jake Dean will make his last UCLA football moment a spotlight memory because he is on track to start the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29. Even though he has a year of eligibility remaining, he said this will be his final game. It will be Dean's third consecutive start in place of right guard Ryan Taylor , who continues to struggle with ankle and foot injuries. "Ryan is doubtful," Coach Rick Neuheisel said. "It is one of those things that has taken longer to heal.