April 1, 2011 |
Offensive tackle Jeff Baca had surgery Thursday night after suffering a broken ankle in practice and will be lost to the UCLA football team for an indefinite period. Baca, injured during an 11-on-11 drill, was expected to be a starter this season. Stan Hasiak and Connor Bradford filled in at Baca's spot during the remainder of practice Thursday. UCLA officials said they did not know whether Baca, a junior, would return for fall camp in August. Hasiak, who will be a sophomore, played three games in 2009 but was also suspended twice.
October 9, 2010 |
Reporting from Berkeley The day was going to come when UCLA was going to have to throw the ball. It arrived Saturday in a 35-7 loss to California. The Bruins' "pistol" offense had rolled up yards on the ground the last three weeks. The Bears took that away Saturday. UCLA completed 15 of 37 passes for 118 yards. "We have been running the ball so well that it's tough to go away from that," quarterback Kevin Prince said. "I'm not saying that's why the passing game is out of sync.
August 21, 2011 |
Salaries for UCLA football assistant coaches have dropped since Rick Neuheisel was hired as coach. Bruins coaches will receive a total of $1.685 million in base pay this season, according to information obtained by The Times through a public records request. After Neuheisel was hired in 2008, Athletic Director Dan Guerrero increased the pool of money for assistant coaches from $1.625 million to $1.8 million. Coordinators Mike Johnson and Joe Tresey will be paid $250,000.
September 30, 2009 |
UCLA's Rahim Moore and Johnathan Franklin went to California Hospital Medical Center on Monday after learning that USC tailback Stafon Johnson had been injured in a weight-room accident. The three were teammates at Los Angeles Dorsey High, where Johnson was two years ahead of Moore and Franklin. "Rahim and I had to show our support for a brother, you can say a family member," said Franklin, a redshirt freshman running back. "This is a guy I grew up with, a guy I played behind in high school, a guy I learned from, as a running back and a person."
December 1, 2009 |
Bobby Bowden said Monday evening at his home that he has not made a decision about his coaching future at Florida State and plans to meet with university officials again today. Bowden told the Associated Press that he is still sifting through "options presented to him." Bowden met with Florida State President T.K. Wetherell and Athletic Director Randy Spetman for an hour Monday morning. The Tallahassee Democrat and ESPN.com are reporting Bowden is expected to announce his retirement.
November 26, 2011 |
USC 50, UCLA 0 (13:56 left in fourth quarter) Before the start of the fourth quarter, UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel collected his players in a circle on the field and appeared to issue a challenge. It didn't make any difference. USC scored three plays later on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Matt Barkley to Robert Woods, putting the Trojans within striking distance of their record 79-0 rout in the series' first-ever game in 1929. It was Barkley's sixth touchdown pass of the game, tying the school record he set earlier this season, and his 39th scoring pass of the season, breaking the Pac-12 Conference record.
September 12, 2010 |
The sights and sounds at the Rose Bowl Saturday night. UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel up on the big screen, telling the few remaining Bruins fans, "I promise you, we won't give up … " Stanford tackle Derek Hall, almost skipping to the locker room, telling teammates, "Man, we sacked L.A. " Of the two, one can be taken as fact. By the time Stanford finished off a 35-0 victory over the Bruins in a Pacific 10 Conference opener, it seemed clear that there was trouble in Westwood.
August 15, 2011 |
Kip Smith said he stands on the sidelines thinking, "follow through, follow through. " Joe Roberts waits his turn with a different chant going through his head, "slow down, slow down. " This is where the UCLA kicking game is. After four seasons of the automatic Kai Forbath , the Bruins have two guys who are hearing voices — their own. "A couple days ago, I was putting too much pressure on myself, thinking, 'I've got to make them all,' " Smith said. "I finally realized I've got to relax.
September 6, 2011 |
UCLA center Kai Maiava has been suspended for the San Jose State game after testing positive for marijuana, according to people in the program who were not authorized to speak on the matter. Under UCLA's drug policy, an athlete is suspended for the next athletic contest after testing positive for a third time. The fourth positive test results in "an immediate suspension from participation in athletics" and a loss of scholarship, according to the policy. Last season, four UCLA players were suspended for a game after testing positive for marijuana a third time.
September 4, 2009 |
Tailback Johnathan Franklin will try to remember, "football is football." Cornerback Aaron Hester will remind himself, "It's a football game." Quarterback Kevin Prince knows, "I'll be nervous, but that's football." Yup, it's football. But for those three, and a host of others, UCLA's season opener will be the first time they have played in a college game. The Bruins will have at least 10 players making their debut against San Diego State on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.