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Tom Cable hired strictly as an offensive line coach at this point.
Steve Axman is still considered the offensive coordinator.
When Dorrell was asked if Cable could be considered a candidate for the offensive coordinator position, he said that he still has an offensive coordinator and that other things are still to be determined on offense.
When asked if Embree would be considered for the offensive coordinator position, Dorrell didn't say he would, but didn't rule it out.
Dorrell also said that he is still in search of a tight ends coach. -- Tracy Pierson
Obviously it's very early, but the 2007 class looks to have several guys with a chance to be elite-level recruits.
So far, these guys are the best prospects I've seen, in no particular order:
Kevin Love, 6-8 PF/C Lake Oswego (OR) High
Taylor King, 6-6 SF/PF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Quentin Watkins, 6-2 SG/PG Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco
Jerryd Bayless, 6-0 PG Phoenix (AZ) St. Mary's
Alex Jacobson, 6-11 C Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco
Tyrone Shelley, 6-6 SF El Cajon (CA) Christian
Love is the best of the bunch right now (he'd be in the Bruins rotation today), but all of them have shown the potential to be top 25 type players down the road.
It's tough to forecast where the Bruins will be in terms of scholarships for 2007. Transfers, guys going pro early, etc. make it very difficult to plan for a class that's three years away. -- Greg Hicks
Here are a few comments from head coach Ben Howland after the Oregon game last night: -- "It was a great win against a very good team. There is no question that Oregon is a tournament team." -- "The first half was our best all season long." -- "Janou Rubin had an outstanding game. He's playing with confidence. He has been huge in the last two games." -- "Dijon Thompson played a complete game, playing very well defensively." -- "T.J. Cummings played well and rebounded very well in the first half with nine boards." -- "In the second half we got tentative against their press and played on our heels. We went to a four-corners type of offense that we haven't had a lot of time to practice." -- "Defense and rebounding. It always comes back to those two things." -- "Brian Morrison said to me before the game, 'Hey coach, I could go tonight.' But we're going to err on the side of caution and not hurry him back." 1/5
The elite sophomore post from Harvard-Westlake, Alex Stephenson, was at the Oregon game.
Freshman Pierce Brooks from Taft sat next to his teammate, Jordan Farmar.
Also there was Daniel Hackett, the FR guard from St. John Bosco and Taylor Harrison, the 6-8 SO PF from San Clemente.
Hackett is the son of former NBAer Rudy Hackett who grew up mostly in Italy.
Not too many know about Harrison just yet, at least those outside of the west.
I haven't seen Harrison since summer, but was very impressed with him then. Good body, good frame, with a great feel for the game and good skills for his age. He had decent to good athleticism at the time, but he also was just out of his freshman year. I really liked how hard he played and how he knew he was a post player and liked to bang. Definitely a prospect that has a chance.
Landon Pluimer was there with Harrison. Pluimer is a freshman shooting guard at San Clemente, and is the younger brother of UCLA committed women's basketball recruit, Lindsey Pluimer.
All very, very promising prospects...-- Tracy Pierson
We've heard that UCLA could potentially be recruiting the #9-ranked offensive line prospect in the country, Calvin Darity.
Darity, who played in the Califlorida game, apparently has expressed interest in UCLA.
Sources are indicating that the ex-head coach of Idaho, Tom Cable is interested in a job at UCLA. He would be a candidate for the open offensive line coaching position, or possibly as the offensive coordinator. He has said that he'll have his job situation settled within a week. So, if UCLA does hire him, it could happen pretty quickly.
Also, sources say that Dorrell wants current offensive coordinator Steve Axman to explore other employment opportunities. I've also heard that he will definitely not return as offensive coordinator.
As I said in the front page story, sources have also indicated that current wide receiver coach Jon Embree has a good chance of being the next offensive coordinator. It's also possible that Dorrell himself could be the OC. -- Tracy Pierson
We're hearing more pretty reliable rumors that it's looking like Tyler Ebell will transfer.
We're also hearing that Manuel White, while he did contemplate putting his name in the NFL draft, will return next season.
Matt Ware, from what we hear, intends to return to the team next season, unless he gets some very strong indications from the NFL. -- Tracy Pierson