Here is the eighth set:
I know you only report fact, but please lose that for one question. From your sources and what you’ve heard, is the NCAA going to sanction USC and if so, what’s the rumor about how severe?
So, you are asking me to go against my professional ethics so you can revel about what is going to happen with USC? Thank you for thinking so much of my standards that you ask me to disregard them.
Are some commitments expected to come out of Saturday’s one day camp?
I expect some to come out of it, although I don’t know who (I have ideas, but I will keep them to myself), and nothing is a given.
Since all of the 2009 recruits were approved by the academic committee before signing their LOI’s, why is it that 2-3 high school signees are now having trouble getting admitted? Did their grades drop since that time?
Because some players were approved conditionally based on the first half of their senior years, and with the expectations the players would achieve a certain level of success in the classroom during the second half of the year. Just like kids can work hard and become eligible, kids can not work hard and fall short.
Do you expect that some highly regarded players not coming this weekend will come to later UCLA FB camps? ie Robert Woods, D Farmer, Kohler, Ward, M Jones, Wilkerson. And do we have fair to good chances at these guys?
Yes, there is a possibility some of the players you mentioned will come to all or part of UCLA’s three-day camp later this month. There’s a chance UCLA will get one or three of those guys, but I don’t see UCLA getting all of them.
Can you elaborate further on Howland’s relationship with the media? Would you ever characterize his conduct as unprofessional or is it that he could be more open with his program?
I don’t have a problem with his professionalism. Sometimes he makes it difficult to get information, and to have access to players. He knows it. I’ve talked about it with him at various times, but it is the way he chooses to do things. He understands my side of it, and I understand what he is saying. We just have different philosophies, that’s all.
What do you think about Paul Richardson’s decommitment given that his father played at ucla?
I thought it was a blow, and then I saw him at the Scout.com combine, and now I think it is imperative UCLA gets him back. I think the Bruins have a pretty good chance, but it is never a good thing when a kid de-commits.
should we be worried that we have zero football commits right now?
What are your thoughts on the Pauley renovation plans? do you like it and think it’s worth 185 million?
I don’t know how much the cost of a renovation project like that should cost, so I can’t say whether it is worth $185 million. I know UCLA isn’t just throwing $40 million away. I like many of the aspects of the renovation, like some of the concourse ideas, but at the end of the day, the stands will still be too far from the floor, and the atmosphere will suffer greatly.