OL Edwards turns to Cal

Donovan Edwards, the offensive line commit who was taking summer school classes in an effort to become eligible for UCLA, has changed his commitment and will now enroll at California.
I will have more on this later today.

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Jersey talk

I’ll be honest, I don’t know how important this story is, but it seems to be a hot-button issue for UCLA and USC football fans. Anyway, here is the story I wrote on the possibility of the rules committee changing a rule so UCLA and USC could both wear their home jerseys when the teams meet in 2009.

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Info will have to wait

With training camp opening Aug. 5, UCLA sent out a press release with many of the usual rules associated with practice, but also with a new part.
Despite practices being open to the public, meaning anyone can post anything on an internet message board or place a comment on a blog (including this one), the school is stating “No live reports/blogging are permitted during practice.”
In other words, any non-media member can go to Spaulding Field and post practice updates while practice is taking place, but media members cannot. So I will be posting blog material before and immediately after every practice.

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Snaer update

UCLA and Moreno Valley Rancho Verde wing/guard Michael Snaer apparently have split on the recruiting front, with Snaer no longer listing UCLA as a favorite and UCLA no longer recruiting him.
According to Travis Showalter, Snaer’s high school coach, the Bruins coaching staff did not follow Snaer during the Las Vegas AAU tournament.
“They didn’t come to many of his games in Vegas and they’re looking elsewhere as well,” Showalter said. “Immediate playing time is important, and that’s going to be difficult to get with the kids (UCLA) has going in there, unless a bunch of them leave after next season.”
Showalter said Snaer’s top four schools are Marquette, Missouri, Stanford and Florida State.

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OL recruiting

UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel said on signing day that landing offensive linemen was a priority for the 2009 class, but so far the Bruins only have a handful of offers out to offensive linemen.
I’m hearing they have there eyes more linemen, but are waiting to see how those players perform early in their senior seasons before deciding whether or not to offer scholarships.

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Uniform idea

Many folks asked the question about a change in UCLA’s football uniform, so I spoke to coach Rick Neuheisel about it and he said one was not forthcoming.
However, Neuheisel said he would like to have a game where the players wore throwback uniforms, although he wasn’t sure of the era the throwbacks the Bruins would wear.
Neuheisel added he did not think it was something that could be done this season because of logistics involved in such a decision, but believed it was possible to do for the 2009 season.

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Week that was

Training camp is inching closer (Aug. 5), so more news is cropping up regarding the football program. Here are last week’s more newsworthy information:

Football:
RB Christian Ramirez was declared academically ineligible, offensive lineman Aaron Meyer and receiver Jamil Turner will not be on the team this fall. (Meyer is graduating and looking to transfer to Nichols State and Turner has stopped playing football.)
Also, the Bruins were picked to finish fifth by the media in the preseason Pac-10 poll and Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel had some poignant things to say about quarterback Ben Olson’s leadership.

Basketball:
UCLA added Loyola Marymount to the schedule (Dec. 17 at Pauley). The coaching staff continued to scout AAU tournaments for recruiting, and I should have some information this week about the seriousness of new offers, as well as updates on players UCLA already offered.

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QB awareness

UCLA football coach Rck Neuheisel spoke about how shaky backup quarterbacks Chris Forcier and Kevin Craft were in the spring, and how tight each one was during the spring game.
He will not be allowed to watch either practice until the first day of training camp (Aug. 5), but he believes, based solely on more study and throwing experience, each will be better.
He was asked what type grasp Craft, the primary backup, has on the offense.
“Well, hopefully now, better than he did, and it will be better yet when we have another week under our belt and so forth,” Neuheisel said. “But I think this goes to the experience of a (offensive coordinator) Norm Chow and a (offensive line coach) Bob Palcic.
“We don’t have to have every play in and feel like we are going to the game naked. There are coaches out there that the book, this is me, this is who I am and if I don’t have all this I feel withdrawn.
“That is why some NFL coaches have 300 plays at the ready list and some NFL coaches go with 100. I think Norm and Bob, both understand it isn’t what we know, it is what they (the players) know and let’s not ask them to so much, just because it makes us feel like we have our entire arsenal.”

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