Check out the latest batch of weekly answers…
1) The Times are saying we had a recruit decommit after Thursday’s game. Have you heard anything about this(I think the name was Jackson)? Is this something we could start seeing more of in the final few games if we keep playing this poorly? – BlitzedFrom what I’ve been told, Darryl Jackson – the OL who originally committed to SMU, then wasn’t admitted and eventually was to sign a grant-in-aid with the Bruins – decommitted from UCLA on Tuesday with a phone call to Rick Neuheisel, and not during or after the game. And yes, of course if UCLA is boated against the Sun Devils and USC, there is the potential for recruits to go elsewhere. Then again, Neuheisel is one of the best recruiters in the game, and I don’t doubt he’ll pull in another strong class.
2) Why has God forsaken the UCLA brethren? Better question – hyperbole notwithstanding – all things considered, who is singularly responsible for the current state of the football program? Neuheisel, Chow, Bullough, Guerrerro, Block, Prince, Brehaut, VB, Pete Carroll, or the fans? (You can only pick one.) – Reformed DroogYou mean not me? It’s not my fault? I thought it was. Thanks, Droog, I knew I could always count on you. No one is singularly responsible. There have been mistakes all around, particularly by you, Droog.
3) Mr. Gold, considering that both Coach Neuheisel and Coach Chow are known for their offensive mind why are they having trouble developing a QB? At the start of 2000 USC has had 3 top ten QBs drafted in the NFL (I know fans are going to cite Leinart as a bust but he did get drafted top ten) and Barkley is looking like the 4th if he leaves after his junior year, but UCLA continues to struggle to develop a QB. – GilliganIt’s quite the quandary, huh? People are forgetting just how much goes into a productive quarterback, though, particularly a statistically productive quarterback. You can have a ton of skill, and still not win. You can have a ton of stats, and throw crucial interceptions. It really takes a lot of things coming together to have a great quarterbacking season, and it just hasn’t happened.
4) Don’t u think some football fans take this too serious, especially since there is a history of .500 football? ucla football will never be USC, LSU, or Texas so way so many fans are nasty is besides me. – AnonymousYes, agreed about a billion percent. It’s impossible to compare football of the past, even as far as the ’80s, to today, in my opinion, and UCLA hasn’t been consistently good for a pretty long time, much less consistently great. Then again, I’ve always tended toward the more realistic outlook than the more optimistic outlook, so when I cheer for a team – like the Denver Broncos – I prepare myself for the worst, and then cautiously hope that I see the positives for the future, if they’re not winning now. And in the case of the Broncos, there’s not a ton of winning now.
5) Hey Jon, have you noticed that CRN is always seen yelling at his quarterbacks on the sideline after every mistake. I never see other coaches do this with such regularity. I understand a coach’s need to address and correct mistakes but yelling in their faces after every miscue, big or small on national TV? Perhaps that’s more appropriate during practice. Your thoughts? – OGBruinIf a college football player can’t take getting yelled at after a bad play, he doesn’t belong in. This isn’t patty-cake, and this isn’t golf. This is Division 1 football. It happens. Deal with it. However, and this is a big however, there CANNOT be screaming without teaching. You can yell and correct, or you can just yell, and it seems like there’s more yelling going on than teaching. That’s a problem.