Q: News on offensive line coach Adrian Klemm? Worst secret in town is that Sark is chucking a lot of money at him to bring him over as a Trojan assistant…
A: I think we can let Klemm answer that:
— Adrian Klemm (@IAMKLEMM) December 6, 2013
I don’t expect any other staff departures at this point.
Q: Do you know how much has been pledged on to the new football facility at this point and when it is planned to begin?
A: There isn’t a planned date of construction yet, but the school has $28 million in cash/pledges. I don’t know the cash-to-pledge breakdown, however.
Q: What is the deadline for underclassman to declare for the NFL draft, and what is your opinion as to whether Xavier Su’a-Filo or Brett Hundley will do so?
A: The deadline is Jan. 15. I still think both will stay, but Su’a-Filo is definitely NFL ready at this point. He could still bump his stock just by getting one more full year at guard. Hundley should come back, though a someone will surely pick him based on upside. Marcus Mariota’s decision to stay at Oregon also lightens the quarterback crop a bit.
Q: Do you think UCLA is way favorite in the Pac-12 South if Brett Hundley and the coaching staff stays?
A: Not sure about “way” favorite, but the Bruins will have the edge. Arizona State loses too many defensive starters, including tackle Will Sutton — the two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. The Sun Devils also lose do-it-all back Marion Grice on offense.
Q: What percentage chance that Joe Mixon comes to UCLA? If Mixon doesn’t come to UCLA, does Kennedy Polamalu get fired?
A: UCLA got in the five-star back’s top four (along with Cal, Wisconsin and Oklahoma), and has a good shot at winning out. And no, the new running back coach’s job doesn’t hinge on one recruit.
Q: Can you give us a comparison of Hundley and Asiantii Woulard? Where are their games similar? Who has a better arm? Obviously, Hundley has a ton more experience but would you say Woulard’s close to ready to take over in case Hundley leaves next year?
A: Woulard has a bigger frame and maybe a stronger arm, but doesn’t have great feel for the game at this point. Pocket presence is still an issue. I’m not sure how you’re defining readiness, but the dropoff would likely still be significant if Hundley leaves — unless Woulard makes some serious strides through spring and fall camp. That’s not out of the question.
Q: What are our chances with newly offered QB Luke Rubenzer? I just seen his tape and he looks like a legit sleeper. Reminds me of Taylor Martinez.
A: He said he’s solid to Cal, so it might be too late. The Bears were the first Pac-12 school to offer him.
Q: Is there any substance to the rumors of Chris Petersen to UW? That would be a poetic rebuke to SC …and add another great coach to the Pac-12.
A: He’s interviewing on Friday, so there’s definitely substance. He’s from NorCal and coached at Portland State, so maybe the Pacific Northwest allure is what it takes to finally draw him out of Boise State. I’d still bet on him staying put, though. (UPDATE: Petersen is going to UW, which makes the Sark hire that much more underwhelming by comparison. CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman covers the implications well here.)
Q: What’s your feeling on the name Kabam Field @ California Memorial Stadium? Founders are Cal grads but interesting name…
A: Meh, it could be worse. My first thought was this old Lonely Island video. I’m far more offended by how faulty the stadium financing plan was to begin with.
Q: Give us your honest preference: baked cha siu bao or pork siu mai.
A: I’d take steamed cha siu bao over either. But my favorite dim sum dish since I was little has been lo bak gao.