Quick take on the Lea promotion

The promotion of Clark Lea not only gives UCLA a stable voice in charge of what will be a very young group in 2010, but it frees Chuck Bullough up to focus on the entire defense as coordinator.

Last year, Bullough also coached the linebackers, and while that group had some spectacular moments, there were times when the defensive unit looked disjointed. With Tim Hundley coaching all defensive backs – and it’s not too often the DBs are split between two coaches, so this will also unify that unit – Bullough can focus on schemes and adjustments, two aspects he improved on as the season progressed, culminating in the huge second half against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl.

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Lea promoted to LB coach

From UCLA:

UCLA head football coach Rick Neuheisel announced today that Clark Lea has been hired as an assistant coach. Lea will coach the linebackers and Tim Hundley will coach the secondary. He replaces cornerbacks coach Carnell Lake, who left the staff Monday due to family reasons.

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Wicks tabbed for college basketball HOF

From UCLA:

“UCLA’s Sidney Wicks and Duke University’s Christian Laettner, both of whom paced their schools to multiple NCAA championships, are among eight individuals announced today to be enshrined in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

The 2010 induction ceremonies will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2010, at the College Basketball Experience (CBE) and the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, Mo.

Wicks helped Coach John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins to three straight NCAA championships from 1969-71. He was selected as the tournament’s most outstanding player as a junior in 1970 and earned at least one national player of the year award in each of his last two seasons.

“I was very excited when I was informed of my selection,” said Wicks, who will be in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday to be honored as part of the 1970 NCAA championship team. “I know this is something very special that doesn’t happen to everyone and I am very honored. To be included in the Hall of Fame with all of these great coaches, players and contributors, especially Coach Wooden and Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), really leaves me at a loss for words.”
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