OC Jedd Fisch becomes highest-paid UCLA assistant

FILE - In this April 1, 2016, file photo, Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, left, signals to players on the field form the sideline, watched by Michigan quarterback Shane Morris (7), during the NCAA college football team's annual spring game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Morris, the No. 3 quarterback in the 2013 class according to a 247Sports Composite, has started only two college games and hasn’t thrown a single touchdown pass. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Michigan quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch, left, here with Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris, will take over as offensive coordinator for UCLA. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

For coming to UCLA, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch signed a two-year contract worth $810,000 a season, making him the second-highest paid assistant coach at a public Pac-12 school behind Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt.

Here’s how Fisch’s salary breaks down:

  • $250,000 per year base salary
  • $244,000 per year talent fee
  • $150,000 one-time signing fee
  • $156,000 retention bonus for first contract year (if Fisch remains with staff on Dec. 15, 2017)
  • $306,000 total retention bonus for second contract year
    • $150,000 if Fisch is still on the staff on June 15, 2018
    • $156,000 is Fisch is still on staff on Dec. 15, 2018
  • $10,000 for camps that Fisch works

Leavitt signed a four-year contract paying $1.15 million per year in December, according to the Oregonian. Last year, only 12 assistants in college football made more than $1 million.

Fisch’s contract eclipses that of offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who was the highest paid assistant coach at a public Pac-12 school in 2016. Klemm made $760,000 last season.

According to M Live, Fisch was scheduled to make $750,000 at Michigan this year, where he would have been in his second year as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. He made $700,000 during his first year in Ann Arbor.

Fisch’s contract includes a unique clause that terminates employment in the event that head coach Jim Mora leaves or is fired. Unlike the contracts from other UCLA assistants, Fisch’s contract will end 30 days after the hiring of a new head coach. In the event of head coach departure, the other assistant coaches have contracts that continue until their respective ending dates.

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Three-star offensive lineman Jax Wacaser commits to UCLA

UCLA picked up a commitment from three-star offensive lineman Jax Wacaser on Wednesday, bringing the class of 2017’s total to 14 commits with exactly three weeks left until National Signing Day.

Wacaser, an offensive tackle from Arizona’s Saguaro High, was also considering Cal, Utah, Vanderbilt and Virginia, among others.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect is the No. 4 offensive tackle in Arizona, according to Scout. He is UCLA’s third offensive line commit for this recruiting class, joining Jaxon Kirkland and Kanan Ray.

Of the Bruins’ 14 commits, nine are primarily defensive players, while three of the five offensive players are linemen. UCLA is still lacking a true receiver in this class outside of tight end Jimmy Jaggers.

UCLA’s commits so far:

  • DE Jaelan Phillips
  • OL Kanan Ray
  • OLB Rahyme Johnson
  • DT Martin Andrus
  • DB/WR Jaylan Shaw
  • TE Jimmy Jaggers
  • OL Jaxson Kirkland
  • DB Quentin Lake
  • QB Austin Burton
  • DE Cassius Peat
  • DT Greg Rogers
  • DB Darnay Holmes
  • DE My-King Johnson (said to be a soft verbal commit)
  • OL Jax Wacaser
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Bovada releases early national championship odds for 2017 football season

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Bovada’s odds for the 2017 college football season national champion

One day after Clemson’s epic national championship victory over Alabama, Las Vegas started looking toward the 2017 college football season.

Bovada released its odds for the 2018 College Football Playoff national championship and UCLA has the third-best odds for a Pac-12 team at 50/1. USC leads the Pac-12 at 9/1, followed by Washington at 40/1. This year’s runner up Alabama has the best odds to win the whole thing.

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How I voted in the college basketball AP poll: UCLA shorted

UCLA basketball remained at No. 4 in the AP poll this week despite Villanova's loss.

UCLA basketball remained at No. 4 in the AP poll this week despite Villanova’s loss.

Villanova’s first loss of the season should have positively affected UCLA’s ranking, in my opinion. But the Bruins were not part of the shift at the top of the AP poll today that dropped former No. 1 Villanova to No. 3, bumped Baylor to No. 1, Kansas to No. 2 and left UCLA at No. 4 for a second straight week.

To its credit, Villanova has the top RPI in the country, but neither of its big wins – at Purdue and at Creighton – are as impressive as UCLA’s biggest win, at Kentucky. It can be argued that Villanova’s schedule is deeper than UCLA’s, but the Bruins are gaining ground in that respect now that they’re into Pac-12 play.

I dropped USC out of my poll after Sunday’s loss to Cal. I still believe the Trojans are a NCAA tournament team that will finish in the top tier of the Pac-12, but the shine is starting to come off USC after its undefeated run through a weak non-conference schedule.

How I voted in the Week 10 men’s college basketball AP poll:
1.Baylor
2. UCLA

The Bruins are still maturing, which is scary considering how good they already are, but have been dominant when focused. Thursday’s first half against Cal is a prime example when UCLA built a 20-point first-half lead on a team that will easily make the NCAA tournament and finish in the top tier of a good conference.
3. Kansas
4. Kentucky
5. Villanova Continue reading

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UCLA weekend recap: Gymnastics wins opener

The UCLA gymnastics team started its season with a 195.70-195.35 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. Headlined by Olympic medalists Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross, the Bruins needed a Hallie Mossett‘s 9.8 on floor to clinch the win on the final routine of the night.

Kocian and Ross, who won gold medals for Team USA in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, respectively, won or tied for four individual titles. Kocian won the all-around with a score of 39.425 while tying for first on floor, beam and bars. Kocian, Ross and fellow Bruin Christine Lee finished in a three-way tie for the bars title. UCLA’s Mikaela Gerber shared first place on beam with Kocian while Madison Preston shared the floor title with the 2016 Olympian. Preston and Arkansas’ Amanda Wellick tied for first on vault.

Elsewhere around Westwood:

  • Women’s basketball got swept by the Washington schools on the road, losing to Washington State 82-73 on Friday and No. 12 Washington on Sunday 82-70. UCLA’s loss to the Cougars was its first to a non-ranked team this year. The ninth-ranked Bruins (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12) then lost their 15th straight road game to a ranked team on Sunday to the Huskies.
  • Men’s volleyball split its matches this weekend at the Big Ten-Pac-12 Challenge, sweeping Penn State in three sets on Friday then losing in four sets to No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday. The No. 2 Bruins are 2-1 overall this season.
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