If Brian Dohn's source is on the money, then it looks like Dorrell may be getting ready to make the right move on Hale and Ward:
Neither Hale nor Ward were disciplined when felony charges were filed in May. At the time, both players professed their innocence in regards to an altercation that took place in the Running Springs home of Ward's parents.
However, after both players pleaded no contest in San Bernardino County Superior Court, a source close to the players said Hale and Ward expect to be suspended for the opener.
UCLA has yet to release disciplinary measures against either player, but Dorrell's track record suggests both will be suspended for a game. During Dorrell's three seasons in Westwood, a player's arrest and guilty plea to a misdemeanor count led to a one-game suspension.
Although Hale and Ward both pleaded no contest, which is different from a guilty plea, a source close to the players said each anticipated being suspended for the Utah game.
Moreover, Hale and Ward?s reported transgression of attempting to break up a fight is nothing in terms of severity if it is compared to Maualuga?s act of punching the brains out of another student and then reportedly bragging that he "owns the police". It?s not even close.
This is what sets us apart. One school will let it's coach do anything for the sake of winning a football game, while the other will not compromise when it comes to tolerating off-field shenanigans no matter how legitimate the excuse is.
I still wish Dorrell had taken a stronger stand and suspended these kids on an interim basis from partaking in any team activities but this will do. Nothing is official yet though. Guess we will know soon. But if Dohn's report is correct (which is consistent with the report on BRO) then it looks like Dorrell is about to make the right move. Good for him.