Here is the third set:
Not asking you to divulge any trade secrets, but can you describe the process of developing your “sources,” and was there a big difference between doing it for pro BB vs. college FB?
For me, there is no difference. It’s just developing relationships, and people knowing they can trust you. Asking the correct question is also important.
Since Brehaut was a HS spread formation QB, how difficult will it be able to learn both the footwork to play under center and the overall offense itself? Can he compete for the starting QB position?
He won’t be the first one to do it. There are challenges, but they shouldn’t be huge ones. It will take a little getting used to, but by the middle of spring practice it shouldn’t be an issue.
And I don’t know if he can compete for the starting job. I know he will be given the chance to in the spring, but I don’t know if he will, or if he can.
How much better do you believe we would be next year if Holiday decided to stay rather than leave? In other words, how valuable will he be to our program?
Markedly better if Holiday stays. He’s a lottery-level talent, and keeping someone of that ability around is usually much better. Plus, he has experience and he would be playing his normal position. He could be the difference between a top 10 team and one that is ranked from No. 18 to No. 25 much of the season.
Your favorite, a hypothetical: We win our next two games and the Pac10 tournament convincingly. 3 or 4 seed?
Here is one of the many, many reasons I hate hypotheticals – it is not as simple as what UCLA does. What do the teams in the other conference do that are in contention with UCLA for a seed. If Villanova is on pace for a No. 5 seed and wins the Big East tournament, that matters. Ditto if ‘Nova gets knocked out in the first round. In other words, too many variables.
In your opinion, has UCLA basketball “jumped the shark?” Is it possible for a program with such comatose fans to ever return to national championship glory in either major sport? No support.
Well, UCLA was a win away from a national basketball title a few years ago, and the fans were the same then. As long L.A. is producing some of the top talent, UCLA compete regularly in hoops for a title. I’m amazed when I talk to kids and they say playing in front of huge, passionate crowds isn’t a big part of their recruitment. They want a place where they are comfortable, and many times that means staying close to home.
Ever been to Club 33?
Yes, I have. My wife took me there for my anniversary (man, I think it was that and not my birthday – hope she doesn’t read the Q&A’s this week) and it was great. The elevator is cool, the food is great and, yes, it is the only place in Disneyland to serve alcohol.
The NCAA tourney’s West first two rounds are at Boise or Portland this year, correct? Can you estimate/quantify or somehow describe how much of an advantage for UCLA is it to play in either of those two places versus a Greensboro or Philly start?
I don’t think it is much of an advantage because I don’t see a lot of UCLA folks making the journey. However, the big deal is what region UCLA will be in if it makes it to the Sweet 16 or Elite 8.
The story/rumor on the internet is that Sidney’s family demanded/requested/asked for $300,000 and Howland told them to take a hike. How close is that rumor to being true, based on what you know.
I find it to be ridiculous.