Update on Coaching, Recruits on Campus

According to a report, UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel has hired his offensive line coach, and he's considered a very good one. The new head coach also had a number of UCLA's committed recruits up to campus Saturday....

Head Coach Rick Neuheisel has hired Bob Palcic as his new offensive line coach, according to one report.

Palcic is the very well-respected OL coach from Wisconsin who was on the same Terry Donahue staff at UCLA in 1993.

Palcic told the Wisconsin paper, The Capital Times: "We (he and Neuheisel) have been friends for a long time, and he wants me to go out there and help him resurrect the UCLA program, and I thought that's what I should do. We've stayed in touch over the years. And he has always asked me if I would go with him if he ever got another head coaching job, and I always told him that I would. So when he called me up and offered me a substanial raise, I just thought it felt right. This is really the first opportunity we had to get back together."

Here's the entire article with many quotes.

Also, sources have told us that Neuheisel was particularly impressive in his presentation to the recruits that were on campus Saturday.

Neuheisel, DeWayne Walker, Chuck Bullough and Todd Howard all met with the recruits.

Neuheisel, among other things, talked about his philosophies, returning UCLA to prominence and a meeting he had with Coach Wooden.

When asked about hiring offensive coaches, including Eric Scott, Neuheisel told the recruits that he's waiting to hire his offensive coordinator and have his input when hiring many of his offensive coaches.

We've heard that most, if not all, of the committed recruits who weren't playing in an all-star game this weekend, attended the campus meeting.

UCLA's release on Palcic:

Bob Palcic, who spent the last two seasons coaching the offensive line at the University of Wisconsin after 12 years in the National Football League, has agreed to join the UCLA coaching staff, Bruin head football coach Rick Neuheisel announced today.

Palcic brings over 30 years of experience to Westwood, where he also coached in 1993. UCLA won the Pacific-10 championship that season and played in the 1994 Rose Bowl. The Bruin offensive line featured seniors Vaughn Parker and Craig Novitsky, both of whom earned All-America honors and played in the NFL. It also included sophomores Jonathan Ogden, 1995 Outland Trophy winner and NFL All-Pro, and Mike Flanigan, who has been an NFL star for over a decade. Neuheisel was also an assistant on that Bruin staff.

"Bob is one of the top offensive line coaches in the country at any level," said Neuheisel. "The young men in our program will be able to draw upon his wealth of experience to assist in their development as players on the field and men off the field. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to bring Bob back to UCLA."

"I'm excited about returning to UCLA and I am looking forward to working for Rick," said Palcic. "I'm confident we will be able to give out fans and alumni the football success they deserve."

In 2007, Wisconsin finished 9-4 overall and played in the Outback Bowl. Led by the offensive line, the Badgers averaged 201.5 yards on the ground during the regular season (22nd in the NCAA). Center Marcus Coleman was a first-team All-Big 10 selection by the media, guard Kraig Urbik was a consensus second-team choice and tackle Gabe Carimi earned second-team Freshman All-America acclaim.

In 2006, he coached Outland Trophy winner and consensus All-America left tackle Joe Thomas at Wisconsin, which won 12 of 13 games. Thomas was the No. 3 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Palcic, 59, went to Wisconsin from the New Orleans Saints, where he coached tight ends from 2000–05. His previous NFL stops included coaching offensive line for the Cleveland Browns (1999), tutoring the tight ends for the Detroit Lions (1997–98) and coaching the offensive line for the Atlanta Falcons (1994–96).

Palcic went to Atlanta after spending 19 of the previous 21 seasons coaching offensive linemen at seven different universities, including Wisconsin. He coached the 1993 UCLA offensive line that matched up against the Badgers in the 1994 Rose Bowl. Palcic tutored the Southern California offensive line in 1992 and helped the Trojans to a Freedom Bowl appearance. He was offensive line coach at Ohio State from 1986–91, a period during which the Buckeyes played in two Hall of Fame Bowls, a Cotton Bowl and a Liberty Bowl.

Arizona's offensive line was under Palcic's direction from 1984–85 (the Wildcats played in the Sun Bowl during that time). A two-year stint (1982–83) with the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts (1983 Grey Cup title) was preceded by a four-year (1978–81) stop as Wisconsin's offensive line coach under head coach Dave McClain.

Palcic was Ball State's offensive line coach in 1976–77 (he went to Wisconsin with McClain, who was Ball State's head coach) and Dayton's linebackers/offensive line coach in 1974–75. He got his college coaching start guiding Ball State's linebackers as a graduate assistant in 1973.

Among the college players Palcic has coached are: current Baltimore Raven All-Pro tackle Jonathan Ogden (No. 4 pick in the 1996 NFL Draft), third-team All-American and NFL veteran (Green Bay and Houston) Mike Flanigan and first-team All-American and 11-year NFL player Vaughn Parker (all of UCLA); All-America tackle Tony Boselli (USC); first-team All-Big Ten offensive linemen Bob Maggs, Jeff Uhlenhake, Joe Staysniak, Jeff Davidson and Alan Kline (all at Ohio State); All-American Ray Snell and 2006 Outland Trophy winner Joe Thomas (Wisconsin).

Palcic is a native of Gowanda, N.Y., and has a bachelor's degree in education (1971) and a master's degree in education (1974), both from Dayton. He was a linebacker for the Flyers from 1968–70. He and his wife, Theresa, have three children: Joe (currently the defensive coordinator at Indiana); Amy (an assistant in the Cleveland Browns media relations office) and Monica, who is married to New Orleans Saints LB Mark Simoneau.

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