Linebackers coach Scott White and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin have left the UCLA coaching staff, sources close to the situation said, two weeks before UCLA’s bowl game against Kansas State and one week before the early signing period.
Although the assistants were initially expected to coach the Bruins through their bowl game on Dec. 26, the new recruiting structure prompted the departures last week. New head coach Chip Kelly hired linebackers coach Don Pellum and defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads and needed to trim the staff to stay under the NCAA limit while the new assistants begin recruiting to prepare for the signing period on Dec. 20.
The school has also already announced the hire of new defensive coordinator Jerry Azzinaro.
White and Martin were paid through their contracts.
Graduate assistants Dalton Hilliard and Kyle Weiss will take over the defensive backs and linebackers as the team prepares for the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 26 in Phoenix.