Here is the ninth set of answers, including a few more of the emailed questions I received:
How does Keefe feel about being replaced by Dragovic? Angry? Somber? Understanding?
He understands what happened. I don’t think he’s happy about it, but he’s not throwing a hissy-fit over it. He is trying to work harder to become a better offensive player and regain the spot.
I think we all expected Holiday to be on the caliber of Love, but that clearly is not the case in terms of impact. How would you rate him in comparison to Love?
I don’t compare any freshman to Kevin Love. He was an unbelievably gifted player at a position that is easy to exploit. There is a lot to Holiday’s game other than points scored, including his defense and his court vision. I think Holiday’s impact is lessened because Darren Collison runs the point. If Holiday plays the point next season, I expect his impact to be huge.
There was concern about Aundre Dean during the season, but here he is
hosting recruits. He must be still committed to the program. Any thoughts? And how are hosts chosen?
Dean remains committed to the program and isn’t looking to transfer, which is what he told me after the USC game. Also, I hear he is very good at hosting recruits. The hosts are chosen in a variety of ways, either because of a previous friendship, a commonality between players, players of the same position … There are a lot of different ways hosts are chosen.
any recruits you think we can steal ??
I don’t think UCLA is in that mode, unless you consider getting Joel Gray or Randall Carroll or Stan Hasiak a steal. Not saying UCLA will get any of those three, but I guess I would consider them steals.
mani te’o to ucla chances better now that we have a defensive coach ??
Nope. The recruits where told there was a very good chance Chuck Bullough was going to be the defensive coordinator.
No one seems to want to address the QB situation. Can you update the depth chart and injury status or any other info.
I didn’t know anybody asked about the QB situation. Simply stated, Kevin Craft, Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut will enter spring practice as the favorites, but with Prince and Brehaut given every chance to win the job. Behind them is Chris Forcier, Osaar Rasshan (if he stays at quarterback) and Nick Crissman, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Before the season, did you have a chance to discuss with Holiday what he realistically wanted to accomplish this year and is he fulfilling his own expectations to this point?
I did speak to him about it, but he is such an unselfish player, so everything was based on the team winning. I do know he wants to be scoring more, but not in a selfish way. He thinks it would help the team more, but then he passes up open shots to pass to open teammates because he is so unselfish as a player.
Do you think UCLA’s policy of only hanging NCAA championship banners in Pauley creates undo pressure and expectations for the student athletes? Do you think it diminishes winning the Pac 10 and getting to the Final Four?
Honestly, I think it is arrogant, and disrespectful, to hang only NCAA banners. I think the basketball team should be acknowledged for winning conference titles, and to think of everything someone like Darren Collison gave to the program, but if he doesn’t win the title this season there will be no acknowledgement of his Final Four appearances. And, let’s not forget, UCLA has one national title in the last three decades.