Weekly Q&A — 12/5/13 Answers

Q: News on offensive line coach Adrian Klemm? Worst secret in town is that Sark is chucking a lot of money at him to bring him over as a Trojan assistant…

A: I think we can let Klemm answer that:

I don’t expect any other staff departures at this point.

Q: Do you know how much has been pledged on to the new football facility at this point and when it is planned to begin? Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A — 11/26/13 Answers

Q: Where does UCLA go from here? This is year two of a great start and poor finish.

A: The season’s not over yet, so you can’t exactly call it a poor finish off of one game. So far, UCLA is still on an upward trajectory under Jim Mora, making its way through what was a much tougher schedule. The Bruins aren’t in the Pac-12 title game, but the rest of the division has also improved. If the team loses its next two games though — then it gets a bit dicey.

Q: Where does Myles Jack fall on the LB/RB Venn diagram this weekend? Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A — 11/21/13 Answers

Q: I have Holiday Bowl tickets. What does UCLA need to do to get into the Holiday Bowl?

A: It’ll be pretty tough because bowls generally don’t like inviting the same team back to back. Doesn’t help ticket sales. A lot still depends on how other teams do, but if UCLA wins out and then loses in the Pac-12 Championship, it will likely end up in the Alamo Bowl. Splitting these next two games probably equals a trip to the Sun Bowl, while losing the next two could mean Las Vegas or Kraft Fight Hunger. The bowls negotiate who to take, so the order of selection doesn’t necessarily line up with the power hierarchy.

Q: Is DeShaun Foster coaching for the team? I thought I saw him on the sidelines last game. Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A — 11/12/13 Answers

Q: For basketball, the early signing period starts this Wednesday. Any update since five-star forward Kevon Looney verballed?

A: Hungarian big man Gyorgy Goloman officially signed his letter of intent today, and Looney is expected to send his in Thursday morning. Four-star 7-footer Thomas Welsh will decide between Cal, Stanford and UCLA any day now. Justise Winslow might also make a decision by Nov. 20.

Q: How big of a blow and an impact did losing left tackle Torian White and running back Jordon James have on the team and our offense? Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A — 11/5/13 Answers

Q: The Bruins usually tank in Arizona. What’s your take on how the trip may turn out this Saturday? Do the young guys know about the team’s history playing in Tucson? Has there been any extra motivation and focus this week for the trip in light of what happened in 2011 with the blowout loss and bench-clearing brawl that was the beginning of the end of the Neuheisel era?

I think they’ll come out on top this Saturday, though it could end up a close one. They match up well against Arizona, but the Wildcats will be able to set up the run a lot more than it did last year as long as it doesn’t fall into a huge early hole. None of the players are even much acknowledging last year’s game let alone the 2011, at least publicly. I think too many just weren’t around then for that to have a significant impact. The recent losses at Stanford and Oregon probably weigh more heavily in terms of motivation.

Q: Is Marcus Rios just going to take a medical redshirt year at this point? Continue reading

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