Weekly Answers, Pt. 1

Check out the first batch of weekly answers…

1) How much of the win over Cal can be attributed to the fact that we played younger less experienced but more talented guys? Do you see the players who made an impact (AO, Kendricks, Rice, James, Graham, McDonald) getting more playing time in the coming weeks? – anon
McDonald and Kendricks have seen their playing times increase, James has been a steady, if inconsistent, part of the offense for a while and Keenan Graham has been in the rotation, so those guys didn’t necessarily get “more” playing time – they just performed well. AO should continue to see time in the role he’s carved out, but it appears Rice will be headed back to the bench, if practice reps are an indication. I would say that those guys definitely infused some much-needed energy, and it would serve UCLA well to continue to put talent on the field, no matter of age.

2) Who do you think ucla football actually has a legit chance to get a commit from? What positions would you say are of most need? Thanks. – Anonymous
The Bruins have 13 commits already, and they’ll probably have room for about a half dozen more, and several highly ranked players are still available. But as of now, with the coaching situation so unstable, top-tier prospects are not going to jump on board. UCLA is making a big push for guys like QB Devin Fuller, LB Reshawn Hooker, DT Ellis McCarthy, OT Kyle Murphy, etc., but it’s too shaky a situation to say they have a “legit” chance to land someone specifically. Things could change 180 degrees in less than six weeks. Regarding positions of need: Offensive and defensive line, wide receiver, cornerback, quarterback and tight end are pressing needs.

3) What are the chances Neuheisel is retained for next season? Is his job still safe with only 6 wins? Please say NO! – bruinbiochem06
Depends who the six wins come against. He beats USC, how are you feeling?

4) If the Bruins were 6-2 so far this season, would it be easier for you to cover the team? After the Arizona loss, most UCLA fans were out for CRN’s blood and you had to deal with several hypotheticals from your readers (who is the next coach?, what does Rick have to do to keep his job?, etc) If the Bruins were more successful, I would assume that there would be less distraction off the field and you could cover the team without having to deal with all the frustration. – DFarmer87
I happen to have an increased level of contact with fans because of the blog, Twitter, Facebook and the nature of my personality, so the constant barrage of pure and utter disappointment is hard to tune out. I would say I’ve become numb to it, but that would be a lie, and I still find myself wondering what it would be like to cover a successful team. Maybe it’s me, though: Going back to my SDSU years, teams I’ve covered are 33-51.

5) Is Howland looking at any PGs to offer? – anonymous
The latest I’ve heard was no, at least not in this class.

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  • UCLAFan 11

    At this point, even if those 6 wins included a win over SC, I wouldn’t keep Neuheisel. Remember when we kept Dorrell just because he beat SC?? Neu needs to win out and finish 8-4, which means he also has to beat SC! This is his 4th year, and we can’t expect him to win a rivalry game?? Pathetic! How about some of his major “facepalm” coaching hires?? Like promoting a recruiting coordinator to Special Teams coach?? When was the last time we ever had problems on Special Teams?? Oh, and complete failures on Defensive Coordinator hires in Bullough & Tresey….Neu has to win out or GTFO!!

  • BruinRogue

    33-51 eh? Firejongold.com. =p

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Hell, 33-51? Hire him!

  • Bruintx

    Does CRN know that he is getting fired because Jon Gold is a college football Jonah?

    Lets get us a crappy reporter who could care less about his blog… but always has a winner to cover!!!

    Sorry Jon, we’ll miss ya, but you need to go! :-)

  • Anonymous

    The comments on this blog are getting more and more like Bruinsnation all the time. It saddens me to think the cancer is spreading to other sites.

  • bruinbiochem06

    Regarding question 3, in my book a 6-6 record with wins against Colorado and eking out a win against SUC is not sufficient to bring Neuheisel back next year.
    Jon, I was hoping you could provide some “insight” on what is being said, not merely providing me a hypothetical situation. Have you heard anything?

  • Amillennialist

    “like Bruinsnation”? Hardly. That place is a virtual Peaksville. Here you can state your opinion without fear of being banished to the cornfield by Anthony “Nestor” Fremont.

    Found some comments on narcissism in the context of the Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life,” and it’s scary how well they apply to Nestor’s digital Gestapo (modifications in brackets):

    “Substitute a [blog moderator] for the arbitrarily vindictive little boy and this story also gives a general idea of how groups, including [sports fan sites], work when they are dominated by narcissists. But bear in mind that there’s a necessary requirement for such a reign of terror to continue: the isolation of a captive audience. One of the ways tyrannical narcissists isolate their captives is by telling them that they must keep secret what goes on inside or face dreadful punishment, because they’re so special that no one outside the group is capable of understanding them — and, of course, the longer members stay inside [Bruinsnation] the less likely they will be understood by outsiders, so isolated specialness becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

    http://www.halcyon.com/jmashmun/npd/goodlife.html

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Amill: It’s sweet when you roll like this every once in awhile to show that this site can handle anything that gets served up. Especially from nut-less “anonymous” quacks. And then we all get back to things like oh, say … UCLA football and hoops again.

  • Amillennialist

    At this point in time, if you’re a UCLA fan and online, chances are you’ve had a run-in with Nestor and his brownshirts.

    Anyway, I thought the reference was funny.

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Never been to the site, but the way you all talk of “Nestor” it reminds me of the way they used to blurt out “Newman” on Seinfeld.

  • Bruin Gold

    The comments here are NOT like Bruinsnation. One can state your true opinion here. One can only state the Nazi State opinion on Bruinsnation.

    People like Nestor are poison to UCLA’s football program.

    We need to rid UCLA football of its poison. Then, with the good guys, we will win. The best example is the game against Cal.

    I like the talent of the new guys. They were recruited by Rick Neuheisel. Rick needs to play them more since they have a winning and determined attitude I like to see. They are the guys who will help Rick keep his job.

    Go Bruins!

  • Amillennialist

    “pure evil”? Nestor’s more like Bruno Ganz in Downfall (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/downfall-hitler-reacts).

    Anyway, Jon’s got a link to Bruinsnation up on the right. Visit. Leave a comment that doesn’t accord with Nestor and his sycophants’. Then, duck!

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  • BruinPain

    Bravo Amil…ist!

    Perhaps one day we’ll storm that Bastille known as Bruins Nation and let Nestor and his cabal heads roll! haha

    BTW, I love your TZ analogy of little Anthony Fremont and Nestor! Touche!

    Now to get rid of Jon and his losing record! j/k Jon