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Lorenzo Mata, the freshman center, currently has a non-displaced fracture of the sternum.
He didn't practice Tuesday and Wednesday, and is questionable for tomorrow night. He is listed as day-to-day.
Junior Day is March 5th.
It's the day when UCLA has some of the best junior prospects on campus to learn about the school and the program.
It will be a busy day on the 5th.
UCLA football will have a practice scrimmage at 10:00 a.m. that day.
Later the UCLA basketball team will host Oregon at 5:00 in Pauley Pavilion for the last regular season game of the year.
I spoke with Steve King, Taylor's father last night.
He said they're not going to have Taylor do any interviews for a while, at least until the current season is finished.
They feel that some of his comments have been taken out of context and they don't want the distractions during the playoffs.-- Tracy Pierson
I had a little time to do some research today and this is what I came up with on our new coach Thurmond Moore.
1997-98 Moore was CSU defensive line coach under Larry Kerr. In '97, CSU went to Holiday Bowl, in '98 no bowl. While at CSU, coached Joey Porter and got good ink in this exerpt from a recent article.
The 6-foot-2 Porter has grown from 211 pounds his freshman year of college to 248 pounds. He has become one of the league's most feared linebackers and an early favorite for Defensive Player of the Year. Moore had a hunch. That's why he summoned Porter one day at practice and said, "If you want a chance to play on Sundays, I think you should come over here where I am, and I'll show you some things that can help you."
"If it weren't for him," Porter said, "I wouldn't have gone over there."
Moore was an expert on pass-rush technique. He was a disciple of Rod Marinelli, the longtime defensive line coach and now assistant head coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Moore had been a graduate assistant under Marinelli at the University of California and had become fascinated with Marinelli's cutting-edge strategies on rushing quarterbacks. Moore knew that quality pass rushers were of short supply in the NFL. He saw a potential star in Porter, who could hit full throttle faster than a Ferrari.
"I told him, ‘The most valuable guy in the NFL is the quarterback, and the second-most valuable guy is the guy who can rush the quarterback,' " said Moore, now the defensive coordinator at the University of Buffalo. "Joey bought into that and said, ‘I can do something special.' "
1999-2000 Moore went to Syracuse in 1999 as defensive line coach. Lateral move to much more significant program - Syracuse was coming off of Fiesta Bowl in '97, Orange Bowl in 1998. Jim Hohfer (current U of Buffalo HC) coaches QB's for Syracuse in 2000.
2000 - participated in NFL Minority Fellowship Program with Dino Babers in St. Louis.
2001-03 Moore hired by Hohfer as defensive coordinator at University of Buffalo. Following are some NCAA stats (Division 1 ranking):
2000 (year before he arrived) - 88th total offense, 101 total defense, 107th toughest schedule, 2-9 record
2001 (1st year) - 100th total offense, 45th total defense, 108th toughest schedule, 3-8 record
2002 (2nd year) - 116th total offense, 103rd total defense, 112th toughest schedule, 1-11 record
Read Moss Report about 2003 Buffalo squad in MAC Preview. Youngest team in nation in 2002, but as for the program he states "Buffalo? Please go back to another division, you suck and you make the MAC a weaker conference. They should have never let your sorry ass team in."
2003 (3rd year) - 112th total offense, 114th total defense, 44th hardest schedule, 1-11 record.
Post-season 2003 - no record of Moore being fired, but Hofner, with 5-30 record in first three seasons, hired 5 new coaches in February, so Moore either resigned quietly or was quietly forced out. (FYI - in 2004, Buffalo was 116th total offense, 81st total defense, 111th toughest schedule, 2-9 record).
December 2003 - Delaware St. AD asks Moore to apply for head coaching position. Moore pulled his name from the list of candidates because the hiring process had taken too long (HC position was vacated in October).
February 2004 - hired as Tulsa defensive backs coach
February 2005 - hired as UCLA defensive line coach
-- London Bruin
The UCLA football team will begin its 2005 Spring Practice a day later than previously scheduled due to administrative reasons and start on Wednesday, February 23 at 3:45 p.m.
The Bruins will add a practice session on Thursday, February 24.
All practices will take place on Spaulding Field, directly south of Pauley Pavilion, with the exception of the practice on March 12, which will be held at Drake Stadium.
Twelve of the 15 practices will take place on weekday afternoons and will begin at 3:45 p.m. All practices will be open to the public.
Here is the complete practice schedule (3:45 p.m. unless noted): Feb. 23, Feb. 24, Feb. 25, Feb. 26 (Noon), Feb. 28, Mar. 1, Mar. 3, Mar. 4, Mar. 5 (10:00 a.m.), Mar. 7, Mar. 8, Mar.10, Mar. 12 (10:00 a.m.), Mar. 14, Mar. 15.
Practice dates and times are subject to change.