The focus today should be on the ridiculous story re the NCAA "investigating" Coach’s meeting with Kevin Love. In the meantime, I want to share some tidbits from the football front dealing with the coaching staff and recruiting. Perelman is reporting that OC position is down to Fisch, Rip Scherer and an outside shot at Norm Chow:
Recent Auburn (and former UCLA) offensive coordinator Al Borges is apparently out of the mix.
If Fisch comes aboard, I would imagine that RN would also play the role of QB coach to bring along the young assistant coach. If it is Scherer, because of his extensive experience, I’d imagine that RN would give him a little more autonomy. Just my guess.
Speaking of coaches on the "offensive" side of ball, Norvell is off to OU as the Sooners’ "passing game coordinator." Apparently Norvell and Stoops were team-mates in Iowa. While Dorrell failed to land the OC job for the Texans. Good luck to both of those guys.
Switching gears to recruiting, let's take a look at the commit board on Bruin Report Online and gander at the list of "soft verbals" who are committed to UCLA but are looking elsewhere through recruiting trips, etc:
What sticks out? Its interesting to me that 6 of 9 soft verbals are from the defensive side. The amount of hype I was reading during the campaign for retaining Walker (or hiring him as our next HC), I had the impression that keeping him would automatically shore up these recruits. But yet, after all, these guys are still "soft verbals"? What gives?
Also, Dohn points to another issue with some of these recruits who are on the fence:
I was told the kids will be able to get into "nearly every Pac-10 school, maybe all, except Stanford,'' by a source. Most of the players involved need to increase their SATs scores, and could still get into UCLA.
I’d suggest that none of us panic if we lose some of these recruits. We have to take the long term view here. I imagine CRN will have a strategy in place in terms of salvaging what he can out of this class, and will devise a long term plan of bringing in players who will fit the criteria set by UCLA admissions without having to stretch the available pool of UCLA's recruiting universe (which has been good enough to put together strong programs).