December 31, 2007 |
Rick Neuheisel, still enjoying that new-car smell as UCLA's football coach, wasted little time in taking the job for a test drive. Neuheisel called Bruins defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, another finalist for the job, Saturday night to ask him to remain at UCLA. Neuheisel said he would also contact Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow to gauge his interest in coming west again. Walker, who could not be reached for comment, is at the top of Neuheisel's list.
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."
December 31, 2004 |
USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow and new Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross said Thursday that Chow was not a candidate for the head-coaching job at Syracuse. Gross, in the midst of completing his responsibilities as a senior associate athletic director at USC, fired Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni on Wednesday, fueling speculation that he would hire Chow. But in separate interviews, Chow and Gross said they spoke late Wednesday night and agreed that the Syracuse job was not for Chow.
December 29, 2003 |
Matt Leinart will be near the top of Heisman Trophy lists in 2004 and has apparently entrenched himself as USC's starting quarterback for the next two seasons. Is strong-armed freshman John David Booty getting ready to scramble? "I'm not considering transferring or anything, if that's what people are thinking," Booty said this week. Booty, who gave up his senior football season at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La., to enroll at USC, had hoped to challenge for the spot left vacant by 2002 Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer.
August 19, 2008 |
Less than two weeks before UCLA's season opener against Tennessee, Coach Rick Neuheisel ended the Bruins' quarterback battle when he named junior Kevin Craft as the team's starter before the afternoon practice Monday. Craft, who completed eight of 18 passes for 93 yards with three interceptions in UCLA's scrimmage Saturday, has been working exclusively with the Bruins' No. 1 unit, and Neuheisel said Craft has a better understanding of the offense than redshirt freshman Chris Forcier.
September 11, 2008 |
The pendulum swung for UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft, and the Monday morning quarterbacking was easy to predict. Craft was a bum, throwing four passes for interceptions in the first half against Tennessee in the opener. Craft was a hero, taking the Bruins on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives that led to a 27-24 overtime victory. Neither moniker has stuck just yet. The indications from the first game are that things can go either way. But in the week since the game, Craft has seemed more poised in practice.