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Spaulding Roundup: Football News & Notes

Let's start the round up with the following official note from Morgan Center:

The National Football Foundation Hall of Fame is sponsoring a "Coaching Academy" at UCLA on Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Coaches at all levels are welcome to register for the on-field and classroom sessions featuring a discussion of coaching philosophies, game strategies, life skills development, health, training and nutrition, safety and risk management and on-field demonstrations. All registered coaches will also be invited to view the Bruin football scrimmage on Spaulding Field that day from the sidelines.

The Academy will feature Bruin head football coach Rick Neuheisel and his staff. They are expected to be joined by a number of other outstanding current and former coaches from around the West including Bill Redell, Harry Welch, Dave Levy, Jim Brownfield, Dave Buchanan and Jeff Steinberg.

The news on its face is kind of boring. Yet this kind of workshop has the potential to be very beneficial to our program. It allows Neuheisel and the coaching staff to strenghten their relationships with high school coaches in the area (and probably around the west coast). Recruiting junkies know how crucial it often is to develop strong relationships with high school coaches. Often times they can play a key role in a recruit's decision when he is on the fence.

Speaking of recruits apparently UCLA is in the mix for Robert Marve, a highly sough after University of Miami quarterback who is looking to transfer this season:

Robert Marve, the Univeristy of Miami quarterback who is transferring, will make a trip to Purdue April 10, according to his father, Eugene.
Marve also wants to visit UCLA, to get a tour of the campus and also meet with the coaching staff.
Marve is also considering Michigan, South Florida, Nebraska and Texas Tech.

Hmm. Spring time in Westwood v. spring time in Ann Arbor, West Lafayette, Lincoln and College Station Lubbock? Guess we will have to keep an eye on the story.

As for the guys who are are already in program per Dohn Logan Paulsen is taking a huge leadership role this off-season:

One thing a lot of players are telling me is UCLA tight end Logan Paulsen is doing a fantastic job as a team leader. He is very involved in the workouts and with making sure the offense continues to work hard.

And apparently there might not be any more "over the wall" shenanigans during this spring ball. Guess we will find out soon enough.