Here is the preseason media poll for the Pacific-10:
4. Oregon State
5. Arizona State
10. Washington State
Here is the story I wrote on former UCLA hoops coach John Wooden being named the greatest coach of all-time by The Sporting News, as well as a football notebook.
Also, I will have plenty of updates from today’s Pac-10 media day.
Former UCLA coach John Wooden was feted during a two-hour luncheon in which he was named by the Sporting News as the best coach American sports history, regardless of sport.
Among those in attendance were former players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marques Johnson, Ken Heitz, Jamaal Wilkes, Fred Goss, Gary Cunningham and Kenny Washington.
Bill Walton was hoping to attend, but back problems kept him from it.
“The thing that’s really special to me is coach is probably the greatest person that I know outside of my mother and father in my lifetime,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “His integrity, his honesty, the way he lives his life, is a model for all of us.”
I talked to UCLA coach Rich Neuheisel and he said UCLA defensive back Tony Dye was suffering a bit from turf toe, but that it shouldn’t be an issue when training camp begins Aug. 10.
Neuheisel added he didn’t think incoming freshman Dalton Hilliard (DB/RB) would be ready for the start of camp, but should participate in camp towards the end. Hilliard had knee surgery earlier this month
The Sporting News is honoring former UCLA hoops coach John Wooden as the “Greatest Coach of All-Time,” in any sport, during a luncheon today. I will there to talk to with coach Wooden, as well as other dignitaries attending the event.
According to the Sporting News, the “recognition was not determined by our editors, but rather by a voting panel of over 117 former and current college and pro coaches. The panel who participated in the voting is a literal “who’s who” in the coaching community, including the likes of Jim Boeheim, Scotty Bowman, Dale Brown, Larry Brown, Tom Crean, Lou Holtz, Don James, Chuck Knox, Tom Osborne, Dan Reeves, Mike Shanahan, Jim Tressel, Roy Williams, etc.”
UCLA tight ends Ryan Moya and Logan Paulsen are on the watch list for the Mackey Award, which is awarded annually to the top tight end. Here is the release about it:
Here is the story I wrote on receiver Josh Smith’s plans to transfer from Colorado to UCLA.
Also, I know scholarship counts have been done and folks are concerned whether there will be enough to accommodate everyone. I talked to a few of my sources at UCLA and was told there are enough scholarships to get Smith and Notre Dame transfer Joseph Fauria, a tight end who committed to the Bruins recently.