Check out the first batch of weekly answers…
1) Jon: How upset is Howland with Josh Smith’s lack of fitness? With the training table I assume is availble for UCLA athletes, shouldn’t he have been in much better shape than he was as a freshman? – Tim
I can tell you that everyone is disappointed, including Smith himself. But until some habits change, major work is not going to be done.
2) Hi Jon, With the way UCLA is now receiving commits for 2012 they will greatly (at least at this point) exceed the allotted 25. How can UCLA stay within the NCAA guidelines and honor (based on a scholarship)the commits from the kids? – Russ
Early entries, grayshirts, current commits going elsewhere. They’ll figure it out somehow.
3) First, a thought experiment: Stand up Pete Carroll here as one version of a successful PAC 10 coach, the stand up Jim Harbaugh over there as someone with a different style but similar results. Now draw a line between the two. Question: where does Mora Jr. fit in this continuum? – cookie monster
Umm. If the A vortex is parallel to the x axis, then the Mora fits in with the Q parallelogram. If you’re asking who Mora more closely resembles, from first glance I’d say Harbaugh. More intense than Carroll. But I really don’t understand the question.
4) What happened with the Hawaiian placekicker Ka’imi Fairburn’s recruitment? He had verbally committed to the Bruins, and now lists Cal as his leader. We are in dire need of a PK since Kip Smith is suffering from a case of Hong-chi Kuo… – mariodileo
Fairbairne is still verbally committed, but the class is filling up quickly and there ultimately may not be a spot.
5) We all know that coaches are not permitted to talk about recruits until they sign a national letter of intent. However, every time UCLA gets a new recruit to commit to UCLA coach Klemm virtually announces it with his “8 Clap” tweets. I realize that just saying “8 Clap” isn’t talking about an individual recruit but his most recent one, “”8 CLAP!!!!! My boy Meat doin’ work” comes very close.
An NCAA violation, as we’ve seen, is in the eye of the NCAA. Could the NCAA determine that Klemm’s Tweets are a violation of NCAA policy and the result be a UCLA sanction? – Anonymous
No players have ever been named in any of the tweets, so no violation.