UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is still questionable to coach in the Foster Farms Bowl on Saturday, but his health seems to have improved since his hospitalization last week.
Mazzone is currently in San Francisco with the rest of the team and has been present at the Bruins’ practices.
“He’s not feeling great, but you know Noel — he coaches ball,” head coach Jim Mora said Tuesday. “He loves that game environment. I don’t know. I believe he’ll be at the game. I’m not quite sure what his role will be yet.
“The important thing here — that’s a serious medical condition that he has — is we make sure that he’s safe.”
The 58-year-old Mazzone had been hospitalized with a blood clot in his lung, according to Bruin Report Online, but reappeared at UCLA’s practice last Thursday. Mora declined to go into the specifics of UCLA’s contingency plan if Mazzone cannot coach, but expressed confidence that the Bruins will be prepared to face Nebraska even if his assistant has to remain at the hotel.
“I think that’s one of the benefits of having a staff that’s been together, that’s had continuity,” Mora said. “It allows you to be able to adjust quickly when things like this happen.”