January 6, 2000 |
Uh-oh. Seattle again. The UCLA Bruins return to the Emerald City to open Pacific 10 Conference play tonight against Washington, hoping for a win, wondering what else can happen to them here, and knowing it's bound to be something. "Hopefully, it will be an uneventful 2000," Coach Steve Lavin said. "That's our resolution. If it's possible." Not likely. In 1998, the Bruins overcame a 16-point halftime deficit and took a late one-point lead over the Huskies. But Todd MacCulloch, fouled by UCLA's J.
August 22, 1999 |
Drew Bennett, who worried himself with inconsistent play over the previous couple days as coaches prepare for the cutdown at quarterback, looked sharp in a 90-minute scrimmage Saturday afternoon before a crowd of about 1,500 at Spaulding Field. "I thought he did some nice things today," Coach Bob Toledo said. "I think that was obvious to everybody."
August 15, 1999 |
Cornerback Marques Anderson will sit out the season after being suspended for the fall quarter by the dean of students because of previous undisclosed campus incidents in addition to his involvement in the handicapped-parking scam. Anderson will redshirt in hopes of returning for his junior season, and he plans to return to school in the winter, but his loss for 1999 is a blow to the secondary. Anderson started six of the 12 games last year and was expected to have a key role again.
August 29, 1999 |
The play of projected starter Rusty Williams and backup Travor Turner at one defensive end has Coach Bob Toledo considering that he may not need to move Santi Hall from linebacker to the line after all. Hall will play behind Asi Faoa at one outside linebacker spot in Saturday's opener against Boise State, partly as discipline for academic problems that cost him spring practice and partly because Faoa has been playing well.
August 28, 1999 |
There are potential long-term implications to news that offensive lineman Josh Webb is probably gone for the season because of a shoulder injury: The Bruins are hoping to avoid using Bryce Bohlander and costing him a redshirt year, but the highly touted freshman may be forced into action in the first two games because of a serious depth problem on the line. "It's scary," Coach Bob Toledo said of the state of the guards and tackles. "It's a real concern of mine."
August 14, 1999 |
Danny Farmer, one of the best receivers in the country, playing split end and cornerback? DeShaun Foster, the potential-filled tailback, at safety? Freddie Mitchell, the game-breaking receiver and return man, roaming the secondary? More than a throwback to high school days, UCLA is considering turning three of its biggest offensive weapons into two-way players for the first two games to help fill the void created by the 11 suspensions due to the parking scam.
August 11, 1999 |
The months that brought a life and a death, a crash and an implosion, a wedding and a divorce of sorts, a house being torn up and a foundation being threatened are about to give way, finally, to a new college football season. But even as Bob Toledo settles on a couch in his UCLA office, he finds no sanctuary.
August 26, 1999 |
The two current Bruins who had said repeatedly that they just want to put the embarrassing handicapped-parking case behind them asked for and received another continuance through their attorney Wednesday during a second scheduled arraignment in Municipal Court. Fullback Durell Price and offensive lineman James Ghezzi, in contrast to earlier statements that they planned to accept the same plea bargain as nine others previously have, now have a third arraignment scheduled, this time Sept. 14.
February 7, 1999 |
The arrival of Oregon State today at Pauley Pavilion also brings a chance of redemption for the Bruins, who played terribly in the 65-63 loss to the Beavers on Jan. 7. UCLA took 81 shots that night in Corvallis--41 more than Oregon State--but made only 28.4% and had nine assists against 14 turnovers. "We're looking forward to them a lot," Bruin forward Travis Reed said. "I'm just glad we get to play them now, when we're on a roll." Added guard Baron Davis: "We do have that payback."
February 10, 1999 |
Coach Steve Lavin, responding to the frustration of some Bruins over what they see as a sometimes-inconsistent practice routine, said there is no reason for such confusion and that it is up to players to adjust to him. The issue came to a head over the weekend, when JaRon Rush was thrown out of practice Saturday for joking around during stretching drills and then held out of the game the next day against Oregon State.