YGQ, IGA – Part 3

Let’s keep this rolling…

Oh, and thanks for all the questions. PLEASE keep them coming…this is fun.

1) Is there anyway we can get some real in depth news instead of just links to other stories published by other new papers or internet sites?

Nope, sorry.

2) Jon, Why does UCLA still put its players in the hot baked sun of the Rose Bowl? It makes no sense for the home team to bake in the sun.

If anyone has gone from a high school basketball or football game to a major arena, the whole depth of the field changes completely. It is absolutely crucial to get some in the stadium, just to see how the ball moves, the angles of light, etc.

3) Why doesnt the staff play Theriot more on run plays?

Chane Moline is the starting fullback.

4) Have you heard from Dohn and do you know what he is doing now?

Haven’t spoken to Dohn since he moved back east; just haven’t had much time. I have it on good order that the family is doing well, the kids are loving New Jersey and their school(s?) and that he is settling into his new job, though he hasn’t been writing as much as he gets his ducks in order.

5) Jon – if Kevin Craft plays extremely well for the next two games (no turnovers, great pass completion ratio), will he then be the starting QB despite a healthy Prince for the games thereafter?

I cannot believe that would happen, not unless he goes LIGHTS OUT. Being a good quarterback is more than just having a good game on a particular Saturday. If Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow see enough in Craft to make them believe he is their best option, he’ll get the job. But it will be more than just on the next two Saturdays.

6) Hi Jon, do you know where can I buy a UCLA sweater vest? I’d like to be Neuheisel for Halloween, but can’t track one down at the student store.

I literally just tried every possible google search, but no dice. I say you just make one yourself. Well worth it.

7) How do you like the job so far?

Love it. When I was four or five years old, a class assignment asked what we wanted to do with our life. I wrote, “Write about sports. UCLA sports.” My mom still has the paper.

8) What do you think of Neuheisal so far…coaching style and ability and general personality?

In 2005, when I was covering San Diego State, I wrote emphatically that the Aztecs should have hired him over Chuck Long. I stand by that.

9) Whats up with Hasiak. He began the season starting, then against Tenn he shared the guard postion and last game against KSU he didn’t play at all. The next step is playing on the scout team.

Hasiak is a freshman behind a sophomore who started eight games and a talented JUCO transfer. He’ll get his time, don’t worry.

10) You had said you would have to do a lot of catch up on recruiting, but I believe you addressed RB Malcolm Jones already. Scout.com says it’s down to UCLA and Stanford. Any idea which way he might go or when he might decide?

I have a feeling he’ll pick UCLA, just because it’s closer to home. He really, really likes Stanford though. This one will be tough, I’m not going to lie.

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  • Hiero

    2) Jon, Why does UCLA still put its players in the hot baked sun of the Rose Bowl? It makes no sense for the home team to bake in the sun.

    If anyone has gone from a high school basketball or football game to a major arena, the whole depth of the field changes completely. It is absolutely crucial to get some in the stadium, just to see how the ball moves, the angles of light, etc.

    Hmm… Say what??? Jon, I don’t think you understand the question. The question is why does UCLA have its team on the sunny (east) side of the Rose Bowl? The answer is TV. The sideline camera is on the westside of the Rose Bowl and the team is on the otherside so that when that camera is used the Bruins are shown.

  • RodneyGuillory

    Why is Dohn’s new job such a secret? Who is he writing for?

  • uclaike

    If I remember correctly, I think Dohn is now with Scout.com in some undefined role (at least at the time). He posted an article for BRO during fall training camp.

  • Anonymous

    Stupid Rose Bowl, can’t they just move the cameras to the other side? I’ve never heard of the opposing team getting the cool comfortable side, while the home team sits in the sun. This is why we need our own stadium!

  • Anon

    Dohn joined the CIA and is on a Black Ops mission.

  • Anonymous

    actually, Tennessee is also on the sunny sideline of their stadium not the shady side.

    I don’t think its tv, I think its the opponents bench can’t be behind the home teams student section.

  • Hiero

    Anonymous said:

    Stupid Rose Bowl, can’t they just move the cameras to the other side? I’ve never heard of the opposing team getting the cool comfortable side, while the home team sits in the sun. This is why we need our own stadium

    The short answer is no. TV wants to have the best angle and the best angle is to have the light bounce off the subject instead of shooting into the sun. While modern TV equipment might be able to compensate, but why would they want to do it? Also, there are other issues like there’s room on the west side for the camera, not on the east. I also believe that there are more lights over the press box than there are on the east side.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/fantasy Jon Gold

    i definitely think I misinterpreted the question.
    What I was told upon clarification is that ever Pac-10 team has its sideline across the press box. There’s your answer…

  • RodneyGuillory

    I think it isn’t just TV. It is true that the home student section can’t be behind the opposing team. UCLA could move the student section to the press box side but then they’d be giving prime shady seats to the students and lose potential donor/ticket sales money in the process.

  • Anonymous

    Does UCLA charge a premium for the seats on the shady side? If not maybe they should.

  • Reformed Droog

    “Does UCLA charge a premium for the seats on the shady side? If not maybe they should.”

    They do. It’s been half a decade since I looked at season ticket pricing, but as I recall, it was about a 25-50% premium for the shaded seats.

  • CrouchingBruin

    Yeah, for our season tickets in section 20, which was on the west side of the Rose Bowl, about the 15 yard line, we had to belong to at least the Bruin Bench, which, 10 years ago, was a $300 annual donation on top of the price of the tickets. Now Bruin Bench is $350, but sitting on the shady side is well worth it. Too many bad experiences with kids getting heat exhaustion.