Mathews has left his assistant coach position at Nebraska. He will be in Las Vegas this weekend to watch his son Jordan Mathews, a 6-1 freshman shooting guard from Riverside (Calif.) North, play in the Pumps Spring Tournament.
Mathews fills the spot on the staff that opened when Donnie Daniels went to Gonzaga earlier this month.
Mathews, 59, is considered a very good, experienced assistant coach and very effective recruiter, with deep ties to Southern California basketball scene.
Also, while there have been erroneous reports that UCLA's Ben Howland could replace other assistant coaches, we've confirmed that assistants Scott Duncan and Scott Garson will be retained on the staff.
In terms of recruiting, as we reported earlier this week, UCLA and Deonte Burton, the 6-2 shooting guard from Compton (Calif.) Centennial, have gone their separate ways. Burton felt that UCLA didn't show him enough respect by waiting on the decision of Ray McCallum before offering him. He'll probably pick between Cincinnati and Nevada, which is regrettable. Since Burton will, because UCLA asked him to wait, opt for either of those two programs instead of playing at UCLA, in front of his hometown crowd.
Probably the next guard that UCLA has the best chance of getting is Matt Carlino, the 6-2 shooting guard from Bloomington (Ind.) South. Carlino, as we've reported, is only currently a junior in high school, but he could possibly graduate early and attend the school of his choice this fall. He unofficially visited Florida last weekend, and we've heard he could also unofficially visit UCLA an UNLV in the next week or so. Butler, too, could get an unofficial visit, even though Butler is recruiting him to enroll in 2011.
UCLA is still showing interest in John Loyd, the 5-9 point guard from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, and 6-2 combo guard Emerson Murray from Vancouver (B.C., Canada) St. George School. Murray is going to visit Cal officially.
There was a plan for Remi Barry, the 6-7 small forward from Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro, to visit UCLA this weekend, but those plans have been put on hold for now. The fact that he's not visiting isn't a reflection on Barry's interest in UCLA (we've heard he's very interested). He also has interest in and could visit Cal, Washington, ASU and St. John's. Ben Howland went and watched Barry work out earlier this week, while also visiting the Del Oro campus recently has been Lorenzo Romar and former UCLA coach Steve Lavin, who is now the head coach at St. John's.
UCLA is also still investigating the possibility of other 2010 recruits, one of which is a foreign player.
UCLA is still recruiting Terrence Jones, the elite 6-7 forward from Portland (Ore.) Jefferson. There are some close to the recruitment that feel UCLA is a real contender, while Kentucky and Washington are thought to be the leaders.
As we've continued to report, there is also still a chance that a couple of current college players could transfer to UCLA.