Former UCLA wide receiver Reggie Moore will join the Bruin football staff in a position yet to be determined, head coach Rick Neuheisel announced today.
"Reggie is a great Bruin and he will be an asset to our staff," said Neuheisel. "I haven't put all the pieces to the puzzle together yet, but he has a lot of experience in different areas. One thing I do know is that he will be involved in alumni relations."
Moore has spent the last four years (2004-07) coaching the wide receivers at North Dakota State University. He spent the 2003 season as a graduate assistant at the University of Washington (he was hired by Neuheisel but coached for Keith Gilbertson), working with the wide receivers.
During his Bruin career (1987-90), Moore was a three-year starter at wide receiver. He ranks No. 18 on UCLA's all-time list with his 92 career receptions and with his 1,483 yards. He averaged 16.1 yards per catch and scored 10 touchdowns as a Bruin.
Following his collegiate career, Moore played in the National Football League for the New York Jets (1991-93) and the Los Angeles Rams (1993) as a wide receiver and return specialist. He then coached in the high school ranks at James Madison High School in Houston, Texas, for four seasons (1999-2002). He also served as a fire fighter and paramedic with the Houston Fire Department from 1996 to 2003 before joining the staff at the University of Washington.
Moore, 39, earned his BA in History from UCLA in 1991.
A few other things we're also hearing:
-- Ex-Michigan quarterbacks coach Scott Loeffler is thought to be a candidate for a UCLA coaching position.
It's not only significant because of Loeffler, but because Loeffler is reportedly very close with Ryan Mallett, the 6-6 freshman quarterback at Michigan who is rumored to be transferring. Many news outlets in Michigan are saying Mallett has asked for his release from Michigan and it's just a matter of time until he announces it publicly.
Many recent reports have Mallett transferring to UCLA, because of Loeffler.
Mallett, who was ranked the #2 quarterback in the country in 2007 as a high schooler at Texarkana ( Tex. ) High, started three games for Michigan this season, throwing for 893 yards and seven touchdowns in a total of 11 games. He's thought to be an exceptional drop-back quarterback prospect with a very strong arm.
-- While the hiring of Moore doesn't stipulate he'll replace Eric Scott as wide receiver coach, we've heard that Scott could be on his way out.
His departure could significantly impact UCLA's recruiting class.
-- We've heard that Gary DeLoach, the UCLA safeties and special teams coach, will leave the program and return to a job in his native Texas.
-- We've also heard that Neuheisel had someone in mind potentially for the safeties coaching position, and that he was working it out with Walker . We can't, at this time, release that candidate's name.