In case you missed it, not only did Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin get fired, but former UCLA offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Tom Cable was named interim coach.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said practice was expectedly on the sloppy side with it being an installation day, but he was pleased with the effort and did not get the sense the Bruins were in any way, shape or form overlooking Washington State.
On the injury front, Neuheisel said receiver Marcus Everett (toe) was “doubtful” to play against Washington State. Tailback Aundre Dean (ankle) returned to practice after missing the last two games.
Also, starting left tackle Jeff Baca sat out practice with an illness, but Neuheisel said Baca should be back Wednesday. Micah Kia took over the reps with the first offense.
Starting right tackle Nick Ekbatani also took reps with the second team offense at center, a necessity since backup center/guard Micah Reed is out for a week or two with a torn MCL. Mike Harris took some reps at right tackle with the first team, but only because Ekbatani needed some rest.
Because the Bruins play Saturday night, UCLA’s coaching staff will use Friday night as a day out recruiting. I should hear later in the week about UCLA’s targets for this day out, but the reason the coaches are going out is because of timing.
With kickoff being 7:15 p.m., many of the team meetings will take place Saturday morning and afternoon, so it gives the assistants time to get away to watch games Friday.