Tuesday News & Notes

Let’s start this Tuesday with some possible good news. The Prices and UCLA are hopeful that Karl Dorrell’s prized defensive recruit could be cleared by NCAA by the end of this week. From Dohn:

The father of prized UCLA recruit Brian Price believes his son will pass through the NCAA clearinghouse this week, setting up the freshman defensive tackle's return to the team.

Frank Price said he spoke with members of the UCLA football coaching staff and was told all of his son's information was in order.

"I would be really surprised if they didn't make a decision by Wednesday, and I'd be shocked if he wasn't cleared," Frank Price said. "(The NCAA) is supposed to do something this week. It's a matter of reviewing the information and clearing him. I don't see a problem with it." […]

Frank Price said he spoke with Bob Lopez, UCLA's director of football operations, and was told the technical school Brian took classes at "was accredited," and it was a matter of the paperwork being finalized.
So hopefully we will get the good news by COB tomorrow. I just wish we didn’t have to come to this after a week into this season. You’d think the coaches would have all the t’s crossed and I’s dotted concerning the gem recruit of their small recruiting class. But whatever we have covered that topic already, and will just mark it down in our overall notes on Karl Dorrell.

Moving on to injury news it looks like Pitre and Cowan are still recovering from their injuries. However, some good news on RB front. Chane – the Train – Moline may be available for the BYU game. From the OC Register:
Chane Moline (Mission Viejo High), who has a broken bone in his wrist, has a chance to play against BYU. "He is getting re-splinted, so he'll practice this week and we'll see," Dorrell said. …
I am not anxious for Moline’s return yet. I rather have him heal completely thank risking aggravating his injuries impacting his availability later in the season. Given the quality of our opponents in our first five games, we should be able to get our Ws with the talent available in our depth chart.

Speaking of our opponents Chris Foster has these notes on BYU:
The Cougars limited Arizona to 41 total yards in the first half and didn't allow the Wildcats inside the 20-yard line until the last drive of the game.

Running back Harvey Unga had 194 total yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Max Hall, in his first collegiate start, threw two touchdown passes.

All of which left the Cougars wanting more.

"When we take on somebody who has that type of hype, we want to get some notoriety too that we are a powerhouse team," BYU sophomore wide receiver Austin Collie told the Salt Lake Tribune after the game.

"I feel that we are one of the best programs in the nation, and that is what we are striving to do -- get to that BCS bowl game -- and we are willing to take on whoever we have in front of us."

The Bruins, though, did not seem to be shaking in their cleats.

"They're a good team, we respect them, but we're very confident in what we can do," quarterback Ben Olson said. "We feel like if we play our game, we'll be all right."
Yeap. No reason a UCLA football team should ever be cowering about the prospect of playing a team from MWC. No matter how many conference championships they win, BYU will always be looking for respect out of MWC. While UCLA should always respect all of their opponents, a team with our tradition should be blowing these kinds of teams out at the Rose Bowl on a regular basis. They have some decent players on defense, they are replacing many starters in their offense. If Dorrell truly has assembled a Pac-10 championship level program in his 5th season in Westwood, Bruins should have no problem handling these guys.

I will post my BYU notes later this evening. However, if you want to beat me to the punch and share your notes on the Cougars, please do so in the comment section here or diary it up.

GO BRUINS.
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