Neuheisel denies Norton’s claims

Rick Neuheisel issued a statement today in response to a story in the L.A. Times. In the story, USC assistant coach Ken Norton alleged that UCLA is telling recruits that it will hire Norton if DeWayne Walker leaves. Here’s the statement from Neuheisel:

“In response to comments made by USC assistant football coach Ken Norton, let me say that I have an outstanding defensive coordinator in DeWayne Walker. He has done a great job for us and I hope he stays at UCLA for many years. However, if he has the opportunity to become a head coach, I know he would do a fine job and I would support him in any way possible.

“That being said, I was sorry to read the comments Kenny made in the Los Angeles Times. I have not told any recruits that if DeWayne left, Kenny would be the defensive coordinator at UCLA and neither have my assistant coaches. Despite the fact that Kenny is a great Bruin, we have more than enough positives at UCLA to interest recruits and convince them that this is the school at which they can flourish both academically and athletically.

“There has been a lot of speculation about Kennys return to UCLA in the media and on the internet, and perhaps that has confused people about who has said what. If DeWayne leaves, I would consider several candidates for the defensive coordinator job.
Kenny probably would have been among those considered, with no guarantees.
However, his quotes in the paper say he is staying at USC, so we wish him well.”

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Double double

Jrue Holiday recorded the first double double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds last night. Ben Howland said before the season that he would count on Holiday to rebound the ball, and the freshman hasn’t disappointed. Holiday is averaging 4.2 rebounds, fourth on the Bruins behind Alfred Aboya (5.5), James Keefe (4.7) and Drew Gordon (4.5).

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Happy holidays

Hi. Just finished vacation the last week (in which I had a Chick-fil-A in Colorado) and wanted to let you know I’ll be filling in for Brian Dohn through Thursday this week. He’ll return on Friday for UCLA’s Pac-10 opener at Oregon State. Malcolm Lee will be examined by doctors today, so I’ll try to have an update for you as soon as I get one.
Happy holidays!

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Final: UCLA 78, Louisiana Tech 55

Hi folks, Jill Painter here. I’m back from vacation tomorrow and didn’t cover tonight’s game but figured I’d post a couple of quick notes about UCLA’s win. Josh Shipp (thumb) returned after a two-game absence to score 16 points, Jerime Anderson had a career-high 12 and Darren Collison scored just two points but had a season-high 10 assists. Malcolm Lee, who didn’t play, will be examined tomorrow. He injured his knee in Friday’s practice. Also, Jrue Holiday had a career-high 10 rebounds.

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