JE: One UCLA player who I'm guessing your familiar with is Malcolm Lee, who's from your hometown of Riverside. Have you spent much time with him and what are your impressions of him as a player?
RM: I haven't met him, but I've watched his game. There were so many question marks about his game. Is he a defensive player? Is he a scorer? And the one thing Ben Howland has always done is defined roles and I think Malcolm has accepted his role. I haven't had a chance to speak to him, but I love the way he brings the intensity and gets everyone involved. I think they should make the tournament regardless of what their outcome is in the conference tournament. I'm hoping. You never know though.
"I'm excited," Edney said. "This just feels like a natural fit after what I've done and the experiences I've had."
Wayne Collett (60) one of the greatest athletes in UCLA track & field history, lost a long battle with cancer this morning. Collet was a spectacular quartermiler, but also excelled in the hurdles, sprints and relays. His college coach, Jim Bush, called him "the greatest athlete I ever coached."
In 1972, he won an Olympic Silver Medal in the 400 meters in Munich, Germany. During his four-year UCLA career (1968-71), Collett won Pac-8 titles in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles and 440-yard dash. In NCAA competition, he anchored three straight mile relay championship teams. He also placed second in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles in 1970. The Bruins won the NCAA team title in 1971.
Collett was an attorney who was very active in the UCLA community. He is survived by his wife, Emily; his sons Aaron and Wayne II; and his mother, Ruth. Wayne was a Triple Bruin with Bachelor’s in Political Science in 1971, MBA in 1973 and JD in 1977. He also served on the UCLA Alumni Assn. Board of Directors. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
"They don’t have the talent right now, but (coach Rick Neuheisel) has the coaching staff. He’ll get the players. No doubt about it."