In last week's preview of the offensive line on Bruins Nation, we mentioned Albert Cid, a JuCo transfer from Citrus College, who was expected to enroll this fall and provide some additional depth to a unit that is definitely lacking it. I was really excited about a player with both 2 years of college football and 2 years of college classes under his belt coming in with some leadership qualities for our thin offensive line.
Unfortunately, it looks as though things may be on hold. Chris Foster, the LA Times writer who covers the Bruins, tweeted this yesterday:
From a football and a student perspective, I hope this issue is resolved quickly, so Cid can get on with football and classes and life in Westwood. Starting at any new university is hard enough. Having things up in the air at this late date has to be really stressful.
However, what is most concerning to me is the implication that Cid thought he was in. Well, now Cid isn't the only one who is baffled. I am too. Because this shouldn't be a difficult question. What is it, Murphy? Was he in or wasn't he? It's either a yes or a no, right? Why haven't you made it crystal clear to an applying transfer where he stands?
And the Morgan Center is not exempt in this either. It is their role to advocate for these student-athletes coming to Westwood, and help assure the process goes smoothly to a resolution. So why is this still an issue now? Cid committed to U.C.L.A. in May, almost 3 months ago. He should have been told, say, almost 3 months ago, if he was qualified to transfer in. Why is this still up in the air on the freaking eve of fall football camp?
It's really incredible, between Murphy Hall and the Morgan Center, that we still have the best student athletes in the country. Because it doesn't appear that either of those two bureaucracies are going out of their way to help any of them. Add this to the already long and growing list of failures of the U.C.L.A. administration with regards to our athletic programs.