This is only UCLA-related, but I thought it was important enough to include it on the blog. Washington State hoops coach Tony Bennett has accepted the head coaching gig at Virginia, meaning the Cougs are now in need of a new leader.
With Chris Forcier transferring, it leaves UCLA’s quarterback depth lacking for the 2010 season, which is why UCLA is looking at Nebraska transfer Patrick Witt.
Kevin Craft and Osaar Rasshan are seniors, and the other scholarship quarterbacks in the program are Kevin Prince (who will be a red-shirt sophomore in 2010), Richard Brehaut (he will be a red-shirt freshman or true sophomore) and Nick Crissman (he will be a red-shirt sophomore).
The Bruins also plan on bringing in a true freshman in the 2010 class, so Witt would still be the elder statesman of the group.
Also, UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said he it did not look like Crissman (shoulder surgery) would be available for spring practice.
I’ll have some stuff throughout the day, but here’s a couple more quick hitters from UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel’s teleconference:
–S E.J. Woods, who was charged with six misdemeanors earlier this month, will practice.
–S Aaron Ware has been having hamstring issues and his status for Thursday’s start of spring practice is uncertain.
–Neuheisel said the punting game is a question until Jeff Locke proves he can do it.
–Neuheisel on JUCO OL Eddie Williams: “Hope he can get through what he needs to get through and be part of the team.”
–Neuheisel also said Sean Sheller (knee) is 100 percent and ready for practice.
–Today is the first day of the spring quarter, and freshman QB Richard Brehaut and JUCO OL Ryan Taylor are enrolled.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel had a conference call today to preview spring practice, and he said Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut would get most of the reps early in practice.
“The plan is to give our young kids early repititions, just to see if we hav ea bright, young star on the horizon.”
Neuheisel said it would be wrong to say returning starter Kevin Craft would not be given a chance to retain the starting spot.
UCLA receiver Nelson Rosario, who is a freshman, had a season-best 24-2.50 in the long jump at the California/Nevada championships Saturday to finish second.
The jump qualified Rosario for the regional qualifier, which he must compete in to get into the nationals
Rosario will now take a break from track and field for spring football practice, which begins Thursday.
On another track note, junior pole vaulter Katy Viuf jumped the 14-1.25 over the weekend. it is the top height in the United States this season, and second highest in the world. She is in her second season as a full-time pole vaulter after spending her freshman year as a UCLA cheerleader.
Here are some stats, courtesy of UCLA, about the men’s basketball team: