It's here. Training camp starts today and finally we have UCLA notes in all the major Southern California papers even including the LA Times. The theme of the day seems to be how difficult it is to get all the new coaching staff in sync even though Dorrell has had almost half a year and the entire spring practice to get it done.:
But it won't be all with the players. Dorrell said his overhauled coaching staff, which includes six new assistants and three holdovers in different roles than in 2005, will take time gaining cohesion and continuity in training camp.
"I think it's harder than putting in an offense," Dorrell said. "You have a melting pot of coaches with so many different backgrounds. They've been doing things certain ways. You've got to mold it into this style here. I think that's hard."
Luckily for UCLA, our players are not making excuses like the head coach. Junior Taylor in the LA Times:
The quick turnaround helped the players and new coaches get to know each other better.
"They came in and we haven't skipped a beat," Taylor said. "Each coach came in and established himself right away. Everything just clicked.
"As a team, we were looking to see who would fill the void left by Cable and Bieniemy, not just them as coaches but also their personalities. I think we have everything and more with this new staff."
That's why Dorrell's hire of Colletto was so important. With 11 years of experience as a college head coach and a Super Bowl ring as line coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, Colletto provides a veteran presence who knows how to win
On the other side of the ball OC Register's Robert Kuwada has a report on the new "attitude" and "focus" for Bruin defense:
And when UCLA opens its fall practices today, Coach Karl Dorrell, Walker and the defensive staff are likely to find that much at least stuck. Bolstered by the promise of a more aggressive approach, the Bruins' defense is looking forward rather than back.
"The attitude has really changed for our defense as a whole, our mentality has changed," said junior Trey Brown, a returning starter at left cornerback.
Let optimism reign.