Pauley and more

Here is a story that ran in today’s paper about the renovation project at Pauley Pavilion. I know some folks have asked questions about the cost and are speculating, but the current cost of the project is exactly as stated in the story $175-$185 million. And that is the estimate UCLA is receiving with current construction costs and doing every whistle and bell in the project.
And there is no hard and fast time-line for when the renovation will begin.
Also, here is a story I wrote about UCLA being the pick to four-peat as Pac-10 champions.

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Out and about

UCLA coaches will hit the recruiting road these next two days, taking a hard look at the high schools Friday and the junior college Saturday.
Here is what I’ve pieced together as far as where UCLA will be:
Head coach Rick Neuheisel – Narbonne vs. Washington, Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga vs. Rancho Cucamonga and Cajon of San Bernardino vs. Pacfic.
Among the other high school games UCLA coaches are expected to check in at are Hart of Newhall at Valencia, Lancaster at Highland, Cathedral of San Diego vs. Henry of San Diego, Escondido vs. Lacosta Canyon of Carlsbad, Serra of San Diego vs. Point Loma, Centennial of Corona vs. John North of Riverside, Colton vs. San Gorgonio, Birmingham vs. Cleveland and Redlands East Valley vs. Miller of Fontana.
On Saturday’s JUCO docket are trips to Bakersfield vs. Ventura, Pierce vs. L.A. Valley, Mt. SAC vs. El Camino, Colllege of the Desert vs. Cerritos, Compton vs. L.A. Harbor, Riverside vs. Chaffey, Palomar vs. Fullerton and Foothill vs. Santa Rosa.

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UCLA post-practice

UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said he was pleased with the way practice went today, and said the staff will recruit high schools Friday and hit junior colleges Saturday as evaluation continues.
I’ll post more information tomorrow on what schools I’m hearing UCLA may visit, but one interesting one is I’m hearing Neuheisel will be checking out former UCLA commit Marlon Pollard, a defensive back who is a Notre Dame commit playing at Cajon High of Sna Bernardino.
On the injury front, receiver Nelson Rosario was on crutches and in a walking boot after injuring his right ankle Wednesday, but Neuheisel said he still expected Rosario to be ready to practice Tuesday.
Also, offensive coordinator Norm Chow was not at practice because he was heading to Hawaii to recruit.

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Aboya’s role

UCLA hoops coach Ben Howland said Alfred Aboya was the starting center, but if he was in the game with freshmen J’mison Morgan or Drew Gordon, he would play power forward while one of the freshmen played center.

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Update on Coleman’s chat with youngster

I received an email from Yvonne Johnson, the mother of Pop Warner quarterback Ramon Johnson. She brought him to UCLA practice last week to chat with Derrick Coleman. Both wear hearing aids, and Yvonne Johnson thought if she could get Ramon to talk to Coleman, it might inspire him to wear them while he was playing football, which he previously wouldn’t do.
It worked.
I’m told that Coleman was told Ramon wore his hearing aids during practice the day after they talked and during his game Saturday, and that Coleman smiled.
Ramon also sent a letter to Coach Nueheisel. I have that and I’m still trying to figure out how to post it so that you can see it in Ramon’s handwriting. If not, I’ll just copy it on a blog.
Here’s an excerpt from Yvonne Johnson’s email:
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Getting to know …

I planned on doing the light-hitting Q&A with receiver Nelson Rosario, until he left practice early with a sprained ankle and did not come back. Therefore, this week’s subject is freshman tight end Cory Harkey

1.Facebook or my space?
My space
2. Favorite tunes before a game?
Rap. Fort Minor.
3. Favorite place to eat on campus or in Westwood?
In-n-Out. Double-Double.
4. What professional football player to you liken yourself to?
Jeremy Shockey.
5. Favorite class at UCLA?
Art and architecture.
6. Worst Halloween costume you’ve worn?
Spider-man.
7. At the goalline, fade or slant?
I’m going to have to go with fade.
8. Sarah Palin. Hot or not?
I’m going to go with not.
9. What’s your nickname?
Back at high school they call me “Franchise.”
10. Basketball or football?
I’m going to go with football.

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Howland quickies

UCLA coach Ben Howland just spent his 10 minutes at the podium. The highlights:
He’s not a fan of the 3-point line moving back a foot, saying it will cause more teams to play zone defense and “make the game boring” because offenses will be more deliberate.
The Pauley Pavilion project could go in front of the regents in the next few weeks, and fund-raising could become more public then. (He also hoped the stock market rises a few thousand points).
And re-iterating what he said yesterday, his starting lineup, while subject to change, is pretty set with C Alfred Aboya, PF James Keefe, SF Josh Shipp, SG Jrue Holiday and PG Darren Collison.

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