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.
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.
March 31, 2011 |
UCLA's football team was in the second day of spring practice Thursday, players not even in pads yet. And offensive tackle Jeff Baca was carted off the field after suffering an ankle injury, an all-too-familiar scene at Spaulding Field. Baca, expected to be a starter, had a player land on his left ankle during an 11-on-11 drill. He was schedule to undergo X-rays, but no results were available. "Hopefully, we'll get good news and it won't be an extensive process to get back," Coach Rick Neuheisel said.
December 3, 2010 |
Speculation about possible football coaching changes at UCLA has centered on offensive coordinator Norm Chow . Dangling even more precariously is defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough . Coach Rick Neuheisel has said he will evaluate each of his assistant coaches at the end of the season, but Chow recently was awarded a two-year contract extension. Though it has yet to be signed, that would require Chow quitting or a hefty buyout for him not to return. Meanwhile, Bullough is at the end of his contract, and the shaky performance of a young Bruins defense could make him a fall guy for the team's poor record.
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.