After being hospitalized earlier this week, UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone’s status remains uncertain for the Bruins’ season finale in the Foster Farms Bowl.
Head coach Jim Mora said that Mazzone, 58, is “doing OK,” though he probably shouldn’t have pushed himself to attend Thursday’s practice. The assistant coach has a doctor’s appointment on Monday morning that will help determine his availability, and may be able to travel up to the Bay Area by car after that.
“We’ll have to play it by ear,” Mora said. “The most important thing right now is just his health. That’s a serious deal that he has. Probably pushed it a little bit, which is typical. I don’t think there’s any setbacks. We’ve just got to make sure we’re really careful with that.”
If Mazzone can’t call plays against Nebraska in the 6:15 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 26, Mora said the effort will be “a collaboration” between the coaching staff. One possibility would be for Mazzone to sit up in the Levi’s Stadium press box in Santa Clara rather than on the sidelines — an option that might shield him from some of the emotion of the game.
“It’s kind of touch and go right now,” Mora said. “My gut feeling is that he will be able to.”