Weekly Answers, Pt. 2

Check out the latest batch of weekly answers…

1) Watching the Mountain West kick the Pac 10’s butt over the last few years, one phrase has become a pet peeve of mine, “Pac 10 level athlete” as well as the related “UCLA level athlete.” Give me a sports related pet peeve of yours or two. – Fan4Life
Hmm, a sports-related pet peeve or two? How about eight. Jay Cutler. Inflated expectations. Chris Berman. Announcers who scream at the end of meaningless games. Announcers who are too calm at the end of fantastic games. Jay Cutler. Smack talk. Trading three decent draft picks for a project quarterback who could end up being an H-back in three years. Jay Cutler. Private high schools being allowed to play public schools for state championships. Oh, and Jay Cutler.

2) Jon, what’s the latest with Julious Moore and Rykeem Yates? Is Yates planning to greyshirt? Is Moore working to resolve his admissions status? He is not listed a committing to another school yet, so am I wrong to assume he still has a foot in the door? – Reality Bytes
From what I’ve been told, I’d be surprised if either played for UCLA. With Koster on the roster and Brett Downey on scholarship, the Bruins have their allotment of 25 for this season. Unless he sits Yates sits out the whole year and comes in with the class of ’11, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Moore is considered a lost cause I think.

3) Jon, thanks for all the updates throughout spring ball – Will Neuheisel and Chow go exclusively with the Revolver package or will they still mix in the pro-style sets that Chow had traditionally employed? – sandiegobruinfan
They consistently say that the pro-style will remain the base formation, but I just don’t see how that’s possible. You can’t be half-pregnant. I’m not saying this is all-or-nothing, but I think one of the two will become the dominant formation, and if it remains the pro-style, I don’t know how the Revolver becomes any more than a situational gimmick.

4) Who was the most pleasant surprise during spring ball and who came up short of expectations? – sandiegobruinfan
The biggest surprises to me: Glenn Love, Patrick Larimore, Nate Chandler, Randall Carroll and, in some ways, Joseph Fauria. I had the biggest expectations out of that group for Fauria, and yet I was very impressed by how UCLA can use him and Harkey in the passing game. I wouldn’t say anyone came up short of expectations, but I expected better progress in the running game by the spring game. While I will say emphatically that the defense came to play – that’s the best I’ve seen them play in a long, long time – I thought I’d see more from the offense.

5) Is Howland considering holding onto a scholarship or 2 to save for the class of 2011 now that virtually that 2010 recruiting is all but done? In other words, what is the line between ensuring there is adequate depth for games and practices while ensuring you don’t give away a spot that could be filled by an immediate impact player coming out of the class of 2011 or 2012?
You just nailed it on the head. Matt Carlino will be the 10th scholarship player when he signs, and while that is not ideal, you must remember UCLA will have no seniors this year, so they don’t lose any scholarships next year. Well, barring defections to the NBA, and I’d be surprised if anyone besides Malcolm Lee is at that level. I think Carlino should be the last one this year, unless a miracle falls into their laps.

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  • Vin

    If Honeycutt puts on 20-30 lbs (or probably even if he doesn’t) he’s gone too.

  • Anonymous

    Broncos had the worst draft day hahahahahaha.

  • Anonymous

    i for one certainly hope the revolver doesn’t become the primary offense. the coaching staff has mentioned on several occasions how they feel that the teams continued familiarity with the playbook is going to be a big factor in the offense’s improvement. if they all of the sudden decided to go with a completely new offense, it would put us back at square one.

  • Anonymous

    it’s not a completely new offense, though. it’s mainly a formation tweak that allows the threat of the qb running. the reads and routes for the passing game are essentially the exact same as before.

  • sparky

    So you are peeved with Cutler for taking issue with the same idiot that gave up three draft picks for a project qb disrpecting him – and then lying to the media about the situation? Makes sense that you mention him, but not the cocky, hoodie wearing turd that instigated the entire situation. How about this for a pet peeve, an insecure little coach with no personal identity that instead thinks he is mini-Belichik. I mean really, nice hoodie Josh.

    And what is your issue with private schools “being allowed” to play public schools in state championships? These poor “little” public schools you speak of often have 10 times the enrollment of their private school counterparts. Do you have an issue with small private schools being allowed to go up against the likes of UCLA in the NCAA Tournament? What about Pac10 teams going up against better funded Big10 and SEC teams, or anyone else in the Pac10 having to play USC? Are you morally outraged when a small private school manages to beat a bigger, more talented and athletically superior program by exhibiting better discipline and teamwork? With the exception of Mater Dei (which has a huge enrollement for a private school) talent is rarely the deciding factor when a public school loses to a private school -be it football or basketball. And afterall, isn’t it is a state championship? Would you prefer there to be asteriks involved – i.e. “well funded but small school state championship,” “Athletically superior but undisciplined state champions”, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Save schollies for 2011? None of the top players are even remotely considering UCLA. Seems like CBH is saving them for juco transfers and intramural walk-ons.
    When is the open trial-out?

  • MichaelRyerson

    Here, let me get in on this. Woe is me!

  • Watty

    Eeeeaaaaazzzzy sparky…

  • Public Schools

    Maybe because Private schools are allowed to recruit for sports, and public schools are not. Private schools can offer scholarships and many other added perks as well.
    Public schools have none of these advantages.

  • steve

    Thank God none of the “top players” are considering UCLA.
    The last thing we need is a player who leaves after one year, needing two more years of experience learning how to play defense.

  • BigDbruin


    Please tell me how you “learn” to play man to man defense?

    What, how to move your feet, what stance to get in?

    Yea, I’m sure these kids who have played year round ball since the age of 7 have never been taught that?

  • Coach Thom

    Sparky is wearing of vest of plastic explosives and is just about to enter his local Walmart. Wow. That was some vulcano of vitriol. Must have been the jalapinos in his paella. IMHO, Tebow will develop into a brilliant QB. The kid doesn’t quit. He’s a winner. He’s willing to learn. He will always over-achieve. He cries on national TV. So what. He’s emotional and wears his heart on his sleeve. He will be the leader of the Broncos offense for some considerable time. Put your faith in Coach McHoodie, Jon. He brings out the best in QBs. Brady, Cassel, even Orton. Stick with your team, my friend.


    Hey, Jon…For the record, I am NOT “Anonymous” at 1:00!!! HA!HA!HA!

  • Anonymous

    Great point Public Schools: ‘none of these advantages’ … let me see – you listed two. One was that private schools offer scholarships – yep, they can help to offset the cost of a private school education, not even necessarily eliminate it. Perhaps you’d like to explain how one could be offered a scholarship to a public school which charges students nothing? Weigh recruiting against the larger population base from which public schools get their student athletes, I’d say that advantage is negated.

  • lavsmousse

    From my understanding, Yates was planning on greyshirting, so I don’t think that counts against this years scholi limit. It would be towards next years instead.

  • Reformed Droog

    @Anon 4:54

    Are you suggesting that a free public education + playing football is the same as a (possibly) free private education + playing football + better training facilities + more money to pay coaches + less time trying to get funding for travel, equipment, etc.?

    I’ve read your message 10 times and I still can’t figure out what whether you agree with Public Schools or not…

    As Tim James said: “We speak English. If you want to live here, learn it.”

  • Anonymous

    “Weigh recruiting against the larger population base from which public schools get their student athletes, I’d say that advantage is negated.”

    …and you’d be wrong…very very wrong.

  • Blue Bruin

    I think what Jon’s getting at in the public vs. private school topic is that the privates can basically recruit and cherry pick their athletes. Meanwhile, public schools have to rely on the luck of who lives in the district that particular season. (Yes, I understand public schools “recruit,” too, by encouraging transfers, but in many cases the athlete has to sit out and the school gets in trouble.) Finally, don’t forget about the advantage that the privates have in money, resources, and facilities.

  • public + private partnership

    Droogster: What schools are you talking about? I’ve yet to see a parochial high school with better training facilities + more money to pay coaches + less time trying to get funding for travel… have you been to Serra? This year is especially tough with the economy in shambles, most Catholic high schools in the state are trying to raise an extra $100-200K for more tuition assistance. Education is the primary goal, trust me. Now, if you’re talking a secular prep school with $30K tuition per year, then I’m cool with that.

  • lavsmousse

    many public schools, like long beach poly, have open enrollment policies. That means that poly can get kids from any part of Long Beach, not just in their district. That greatly diminishes any private school advantage and helps explain poly’s continued athletic excellence.

  • Reformed Droog

    Not all public schools are the same.

    Not all private schools are the same.

    Still, most private schools have advantages over public schools when it comes to being competitive in key sports due to the reasons mentioned above by myself and others.

  • CrouchingBruin

    I’ll give you a perfect example of the advantages elite private schools have over public schools. Take a look at the rankings of the CIF Division 4AA girls basketball teams. The CIF divisions are based on school enrollment, and Division 4AA is for schools with between 1200 and 1818 students. El Segundo HS, where my daughter plays, is in Division 4AA, and it draws students from a city of 16,000 people. There are a few permit transfers from outside the city, but it’s a small number, and it’s going to be even smaller in a couple of years when LAUSD starts clamping down on issuing transfer permits.

    The top four schools in Division 4AA at the end of this season were Harvard-Westlake, Bishop Montgomery, Orange Lutheran, and Bishop Alemany, all private schools. Unlike public schools, which are by-and-large limited to a specifically drawn district, private schools have no geographic limits. So even though the enrollment size might be similar, the pool of prospective students is much, much larger.

    Harvard-Westlake cherry-picks the best players from throughout the San Fernando Valley by offering scholarships. Same with Bishop Montgomery in the South Bay. And what parent wouldn’t want their child to have both the athletic as well as academic opportunity to attend a well-respected private school, like Harvard-Westlake, over the typical LAUSD school, especially when that opportunity comes at no cost?