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By NCAA rules, seven coaches are allowed out on one of their designated "out" days.

So seven UCLA assistant coaches will fan out to see as many recruits as possible.

This involves going to as many schools as possible during the day to watch video tape, meet with high school coaches, and make an appearance, as well as catching any afternoon games and then a night game.

I've been told that defensive backs coach Gary DeLoach will be in Texas and that tight end coach Jon Embree will be in Northern California.

I would think that Embree would go see Ryan Moya and Syd Thompson, who according to their posted schedule, face each other Friday night in Sacramento.

I believe the rest of the UCLA coaches will be spread out across SoCal. Each will probably go to four or five schools.

I have another good guess on where one coach would go. I would bet that Eric Bieniemy goes to watch his alma mater, Bishop Amat, take on Covina Charter Oak, with one of his prime recruiting targets, Will Harris.


UCLA football coaches will use one of their recruting days out this Friday to go to various high school football games around the Southland to watch prospects.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ UCLA will retire Gail Goodrich's jersey during halftime of the Bruins' game against Michigan on Dec. 18. Goodrich helped the Bruins win national titles in 1964 and '65 under coach John Wooden. He won an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972. Goodrich will be the seventh men's basketball player to have his number retired, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Ed O'Bannon, Sidney Wicks, Walt Hazzard and Marques Johnson. "This is just a wonderful and tremendous honor to have my UCLA jersey number retired,'' said Goodrich, who at 61 is an analyst for NBA TV.


From what I've pieced together from various sources, UCLA coaches will be in the home of Brandon Costner Monday, I believe.

Then Tuesday they'll have an in-home visit with Adrian Thomas, Wednesday with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and I believe Alfred Aboya on Thursday.

That is, of course, Hurricane Ivan permitting for the kids in Florida...


Junior Nnamdi Ohaeri has left the program and is pursuing the option of transferring to another school.

Ohaeri had competed for the open starting right corner position, which he lost out on to Marcus Cassel.

He had been moved to running back recently, but didn't dress for the Oklahoma State game.

Ohaeri had wanted to redshirt this season but UCLA wanted him to play special teams.


Quick Update on Tuesday Practice:

Eyoseph Efseaff, the former offensive guard, worked out with the defense in drills this afternoon. He didn't do team work, though, still being held out due to his groin pull.

When asked if he would play Saturday, Efseaff said he would.

He also said he made the switch when the coaches, in a meeting, asked for volunteers to move to defensive line, and Efseaff raised his hand.

Middle linebacker Justin London practiced on a limited basis, going through drills and limited team work. It's looking likely that he'll play Saturday.

Starting safety Jarrad Page did not practice due an injury to his heel that he suffered in the Oklahoma State game. He was scheduled to have x-rays this evening.

Spencer Havner wore a red, no-hit jersey due to the shoulder injury he suffered in the game.

Safety Ben Emanuel also wore a red jersey due to a shoulder injury. -- Tracy Pierson


Perhaps the biggest news Monday was the move of injured offensive guard Eyoseph Efseaff to defensive taclke. Efseaff has been wearing a blue, defensive jersey for a week, while still being unable to practice fully due to a groin injury.

"If Eyoseph can practice, we're going to move him to defensive line, to see if he can help us in that area," Head Coach Karl Dorrell said Monday.

Efseaff, who is 6-3 and 314 pounds, hasn't played defensive tackle since high school. But Efseaff is the strongest player on the team, according to Dorell, and with UCLA's defensive front getting physically moved off the line of scrimmage Saturday against Oklahoma State it's thought that Efseaff could provide some much needed muscle.

Reportedly Efseaff was very receptive to the move.-- The BRO Staff


Football recruits who attended the Oklahoma State game:

Osaar Rasshan, QB, Pomona Garey
Aleksey Lanis, OL, Crenshaw
Aaron Ware, RB, Oaks Christian
Devin Head, OL, Corona Centennial
Karsten Sween, QB, Burroughs
Kevin Thomas, DB, Rio Mesa
Zach Follett, LB, Clovis
Michael Samples, DB, Cabrillo
Mike Aguayo, OL/DL, Los Alamitos
Irvin Stevens, OL, Corona Centennial
Chris Turner, QB, Chaminade
Logan Paulsen, QB, Chaminade
Joe Giulani, WR, Oaks Christian
Shawn Oatis, S, Chino
Gardner McKay III, DB, Crenshaw
Reggie Carter, LB, Crenshaw
Brandon Minor, RB, Corona Centennial

Hoops Recruits at Game (all juniors):

6-8 PF/SF James Keefe, Santa Margarita
6-6 SF Blake Wallace, Servite
6-8 C Taylor Harrison, San Clemente
6-3 SG Jerren Shipp, Fairfax 8/3

We're hearing that it's looking like Ryan Wright, 6-8 SR PF/C, Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) Loyola Catholic, will visit UCLA the first weekend in October.

He apparently only has another visit to Michigan State planned, which I believe is scheduled for September 17th.

Remember, he said he had narrowed his list to three -- UCLA, Michigan State and Stanford.

I've heard that Stanford might not be as serious an option as UCLA and Michigan State at this point.-- Tracy Pierson


I'm hearing from sources close to Loreno Mata, the 6-9 incoming freshman center, that he's officially good to go academically, having been admitted by UCLA and cleared by the NCAA.-- Tracy Pierson


Blake Wallace, the 6-6 junior small forward from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, was on campus Thursday with his family.

Wallace is definitely a prospect in the 2006 class UCLA is showing serious interest.

He has good length and athleticism, and a body that looks to be able to add weight, since he already has. He has flashes of greatness in his skills and his feel for the game.

He'll be among the best small forwards in the west in the 2006 class...-- Tracy Pierson


I'm hearing that offensive tackle Justin D'Arcy, the 6-5, 300-pound JC/Kansas State transfer, will not be admitted academically and will not be able to transfer into UCLA this fall. -- Tracy Pierson


The recruitment of Jon Brockman, 6-7 PF, Snohomish (Wash.) High, is getting interesting.

The commitment of Mitch Johnson, the point guard who played with Jon Brockman on his AAU team, Friends of Hoop, to Stanford, could be significant.

There are some close to the situation that believe if Johnson had gone to Washington it would have influenced him to possibly join him. Now, with Johnson going to Stanford, some feel that it frees up Brockman in his mind to go elsewhere.

It's also believed that Duke is still possibly too far away from home for Brockman. He's scheduled to visit Duke officially September 17th, and whenever you have an official visit at Duke it can sway any recruit. But as of right now, sources are indicating that Brockman could be feeling Duke is too far.

Also, from what I hear, Brockman continues to get weary of the recruiting process. There is a chance he might not make it to his official visit to Duke and make his choice before that. That visit is four weeks away, and that's a great deal of recruiting attention to have to tolerate on Brockman's part.

From what I hear, UCLA's incoming freshman point guard Jordan Farmar could be a factor. Brockman wants to play with a very good point guard and when he took his official visit to UCLA he was very impressed with Farmar. -- Tracy Pierson


From my front page story:

Another recruit of note in attendance was an offensive lineman named Justin D'Arcy, who is 6-5 and 290. Darcy is a JC transfer from Cabrillo College in Northern California. D'Arcy apparently got a scholarship to Kansas State this fall, but didn't like it there immediately. It took a few weeks, but KSU then allowed him to leave. Darcy, who apparently is a pretty good tackle prospect, now intends to come to UCLA on a scholarship. He said he's trying to get admitted by UCLA's academic committee and should know soon, possibly within the next week. Darcy was an academic qualifier out of San Lorenzo High in San Lorenzo, but there could still be some questions whether he'll be admitted to UCLA. Darcy, who has three years to play two, would have to sit out this year at UCLA because of the transfer.

Here's the player page from Cabrillo College: Cabrillo Player Page

-- Tracy Pierson


I'm hearing from many close to the program and the players that they're very pumped over new offensive coordinator and OL coach Tom Cable.

In fact, I overheard an offensive player say abougt Cable: "I'd run through a wall for that guy."

I don't ever remember players saying that about any coaches.... -- Tracy Pierson


The class of 2005 is pretty weak, but UCLA is involved with one of the elite guys in Brockman. Get him, to go with Collison, and you've got a solid class right there.

2006 is loaded with 4s and 5s -- Keefe, Hawes, Lopez twins, Deane, Hall, Stepeheson, Harrison, Schreiber, etc. There are several good 2s and 3s -- Jasper, Budinger, Wallace, Willis. Point guards are weak, with only Marcus Lawrence currently looking like a potential elite, high major prospect. I think UCLA could do very well in 2006 without leaving the west.

Too early to tell on 2007. To give you some perspective, Jordan Farmar, Josh Heytvelt, Arron Afflalo, Quentin Thomas, C.J. Giles and Lee Cummard -- the elite guys in 2004 -- weren't on anyone's radar during their freshman year in high school. We'll have a better feel for the 2007 by next spring. -- Greg Hicks


In his last interview, Gavin Ketchum, the 6-4, 190-pound wide receiver/athlete from Oak Park (Calif.) High, said it was UCLA and Oregon tied for his services. -- Tracy Pierson


I've heard from a good source close to Jon Brockman, the 6-7 power forward from Snohomish (Wash.) High, that he'll have an in-home visit from UCLA coaches in early September. The source believed the visit had been scheduled for September 10th, but wasn't competely certain about the date.

If you remember, Duke's coaches have scheduled an in-home visit with Brockman on September 9th. They also have an official visit scheduled with Brockman for September 16th.

UCLA coaches undoubtedly will arrange in-home visits with their other recruiting targets in Washington around that time.-- Tracy Pierson


For the latest on all the information about UCLA's prime hoops target, 6-7 power forward Jon Brockman, visiting Duke, go here.


From what we've heard, DT tackle Thomas Patton has a decent chance to return to UCLA later this school year.

WR Tab Perry is waiting to see if his credits from the JC and night courses will be valid. He could hear soon.

Despite his efforts to make it back, it's believed that LB Xavier Burgess returning to the program is a longshot.

WR Idris Moss and DT Junior Lemau'u have almost no chance to return.-- Tracy Pierson


Idris Moss, a third-year sophomore wide receiver, has been dismissed from the UCLA football team, athletic director Dan Guerrero announced today.

Moss, who made four receptions for 92 yards in 2003, has been dismissed for multiple violations of athletic department policy. Federal laws regarding student privacy preclude discussion of details regarding the dismissal.

"This is an unfortunate circumstance for this young man," said Guerrero, "but all of our student-athletes know they are expected to follow the policies of our department."

"We certainly wish Idris well in his future," said head coach Karl Dorrell. "He made some mistakes and has paid a severe price. Hopefully, he will learn from this and be successful elsewhere."


UCLA, Boston College, Arizona and Mississippi State Headline the 2004 John R. Wooden Classic

College Basketball Doubleheader is Sunday, December 5, 2004

Anaheim, CA (July 26, 2004) - Four of the nation's premier men's college basketball teams will appear in the 11th annual John R. Wooden Classic on December 5th, at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. The UCLA Bruins, in their seventh Classic appearance, will face the Boston College Eagles and the Arizona Wildcats will take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. This will be the first Wooden Classic appearance for both the Eagles and the Bulldogs.

Established in 1994, the Wooden Classic is an annual tribute to the legendary former coach and the excellence he personifies. The event, co-produced by Pantheon International, LLC and Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, has a tradition of bringing the nation's finest college programs to Southern California.

UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland returns to the Arrowhead Pond for the second consecutive year. Last December he led the Bruins in a tough fight against Kentucky, falling short 52-50. Howland has a history of turning programs around as was seen with his success at Northern Arizona and most recently, at Pittsburgh.

Top returning players in the fall will include Dijon Thompson who received Pac 10 Conference honorable mention. UCLA is considered to have one of the top incoming classes in the country. The local talent includes two McDonald's All-Americans Arron Afflalo of Centennial High School in Compton and Jordan Farmar of William H. Taft High School in Woodland Hills.

The Bruins are 5-2 in the annual event with a reputation for beating higher ranked opponents, including the inaugural year of 1994 when they defeated #2 Kentucky, 82-81 and then went onto win the National Championship. Other notable victories include 1995 against Maryland (73- 63) and 1998 versus Oklahoma State (69-66).


UCLA's Tentative Fall Practice Schedule

At UCLA (Spaulding Field) - Open To Public

Wednesday, August 11 – 3:30-5:45 p.m.

Thursday, August 12 – 3:00-5:15 p.m.

Friday, August 13 – 3:00-5:15 p.m.

Saturday, August 14 – 3:00-5:15 p.m.

Sunday, August 15 – 3:00-5:15 p.m.

Monday, August 16 – 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 17 – 9:00 -11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, August 18 – 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 19– 9:00-11:15 a.m.

Friday, August 20 – 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 21 – 10:00 a.m. (Scrimmage)

Sunday, August 22 – 3:30-5:45 p.m.

Monday, August 23 – 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 24 – 9:00-11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, August 25 - 9:00-11:15 a.m. and 3:30-5:00 p.m.-- The BRO Staff


Duke and North Carolina have both offered a scholarship to UCLA's prime frontcourt recruiting target, Jon Brockman, the 6-7 senior power forward from Snohomish (Wash.) High.

Brockman now has offers from UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Duke and North Carolina.

The three biggest contenders are considered UCLA, Washington and Duke.-- The BRO Staff


UCLA junior-to-be center Ryan Hollins on Tuesday had successful arthroscopic right knee surgery, performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman, at the UCLA Medical Center.

The diagnostic 90-minute procedure removed two loose bodies (cartilage) and showed the joint and ligaments, healthy and intact. Hollins will be on crutches for less than a week, will immediately begin rehabilitation and is looking at approximately four-to-six weeks for a full recovery.

"The surgery was highly successful with good results," Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. "For several weeks, his right knee was going through periods of pain and swelling, so it was good to check it out now. I anticipate a full recovery and for Ryan to be ready and 100% for the start of practice (Oct. 16)."

The injury kept Hollins from attending trials for a roster spot on the 2004 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Men qualifying team, held July 16-18 at East Rutherford, NJ. A 7-0, 225-pounder from Pasadena Muir HS, Hollins was a member of the 2003 USA Junior World team. -- The BRO Staff


Ryan Hollins has been out for several months, recovering from a knee injury. He just recently started to play again. I've heard it wasn't just a little tweak, but something that was fairly serious.

It's uncertain whether he'll play with the USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team, the squad he played with last summer overseas. Their tryouts begin later this month.

You would hope that Hollins wouldn't play on the Junior Team if he's still just getting his knee back in shape. -- Tracy Pierson


There is a good chance that UCLA could offer Brett Hoerner, the 6-10 post from Fullerton (Calif.) High, fairly soon. -- Tracy Pierson


I have a good source close to the high school and the recruiting situation with Dew.

This source has indicated that Dew has put off UCLA a number of times waiting for USC to offer, particularly just recently, after the USC camp.

In light of that, from what I've been told, UCLA and Dew have decided to go their separate ways.

From what I gather, it wasn't as much an issue that UCLA was put off by Dew being so enamored of USC -- but the fact that he told UCLA a few times that he was about to make a decision -- and commit -- but continually put it off.

So, the way it stands is that -- if USC doesn't offer Dew, he now won't have UCLA as an option.--Tracy Pierson


The word from a few sources is that Duke will more than likely offer Jon Brockman, 6-7 SR PF, Snohomish (Wash.) High.

If they do, it's believed it could significantly impact his recruitment.

North Carolina is also looking at Brockman seriously. -- The BRO Staff


Reliable sources at the Adidas Superstar Camp are saying that UCLA's committed point guard in the 2005 class, Darren Collison from Etiwanda (Calif.) High, has been outstanding at the camp and among the best point guards participating. -- Tracy Pierson


Alfred Aboya is a 6-7 senior power forward originally from Cameroon who attends Tilton (N.H.) Tilton School.

He is someone UCLA will probably begin to pursue.

Aboya is a big bruiser, weighing 242 pounds, made up of muscle, but with a body that could probably end up 260+. He's a nice athlete, who is tough around the basket, and while he's still raw offensively, he showed a decent touch Thursday.

UCLA had been in contact with him before, but they could show more interest now.-- Tracy Pierson

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