Special Q&A Podcast

Hey guys,

I don’t think Ben is going to make it in for the Inside UCLA Podcast today, so I’ll be flying solo. I’ll talk a little about the recent football coaching changes, the position changes and I have an interview with Tyler Honeycutt, but the bulk of the podcast will be devoted to a Q&A. Unfortunately, we don’t have the capability for live call-ins yet, so post your questions here, and I’ll get to as many as I can.


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EXCLUSIVE: Clark Lea on his promotion

I just got off the phone with new UCLA linebackers coach Clark Lea, who was promoted from his grad assistant position to fill the vacancy left by Carnell Lake. Lea coached the linebackers last season as Chuck Bullough moved up to the defensive coordinator position, and the two worked together as well in 2006, when Lea was a GA for DeWayne Walker.

Lea was linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at South Dakota State in 2007 and 2008 and previously served as a football intern at UCLA and as a GA at Vanderbilt, where he played from 2002-04. Lea is a young (28), fiery guy, and he played a big role in the recruitment of several top linebackers, including Aramide Olaniyan and Eric Kendricks.

Check out the interview after the jump…
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Nelson out for Oregon/Oregon State

UCLA freshman forward Reeves Nelson has not been medically cleared for this week’s games against Oregon State and Oregon. Nelson will be re-evaluated early next week to determine his status for the team’s regular season-ending road trip at Arizona and Arizona State.

Nelson had laser retinopexy on his left eye to repair a slight retinal tear, presumably suffered when he fell face-first to the court after dunking against Washington State last Thursday.

With Nelson out, and teammate Brendan Lane nursing a sprained ankle, UCLA is effectively down to J’Mison Morgan, Nikola Dragovic and Tyler Honeycutt at the forward positions. Lane is still questionable, but was in a walking boot on Wednesday and will be evaluated today.

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