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UCLA dismisses three players

Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The first inevitable sign that a new regime has taken over at UCLA has arrived: roster turnover.

The Bruins announced Monday that three players have departed the program: redshirt sophomore defensive end Wesley Flowers, freshman tight end Raymond Nelson, and junior defensive back Randall Carroll

“At UCLA, we have a high set of standards that we expect every student-athlete to adhere to. Unfortunately, these three gentlemen choose not to do so,” new Bruin head coach Jim L. Mora said. 

Flowers and Nelson were dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, while Carroll "failed to meet UCLA’s academic requirements" and is no longer enrolled at the school. 

Where their on-field impact is concerned, Carroll might be the biggest loss; the one-time star recruit (who Rick Neuheisel once lured away from USC to acclaim) still only collected two tackles this season, one fewer than the ostensible corner earned in receptions as a receiver. Flowers struggled to find the field after several injuries, and though Nelson saw action in eight games as a true freshman, he did not record a reception.

The bigger takeaway is that Mora -- like most coaches tasked with overhauling a stagnant program -- is wasting no time making over the Bruins in his preferred image. Mora has already declared an end to the Bruins' "over the wall" tradition and hired a former NFL player of hisSeattle Seahawks special teams coach Jeff Ulbrich, as the Bruins' new linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. The Bruins only narrowly missed on hiring longtime San Diego Chargers assistant John Pagano as their new defensive coordinator; he was promoted to the same position with the Chargers instead.

Mora's choice at offensive coordinator was more conservative (grabbing Noel Mazzone after his dismissal at Arizona State), but nonetheless, Mora has clearly begun putting his stamp on the program. But dismissing a handful of rule-breaking players and hiring position coaches are one thing--salvaging what had looked like another lackluster recruiting class will speak even more loudly, and it looks like Mora's well on his way to accomplishing that, as well. 

It's still early to say anything's truly changed for the better in Westwood -- if Eye on CFB had existed when Neuheisel was hired, you might have been reading this same post four years ago -- but after developments like the dismissals and NFL-centric hiring approach, it's safe to say things have at least changed.

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Comments

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:26 am
 

UCLA dismisses three players

UCLA offers the right coach (maybe Mora) an outstanding opportunity to turn the Bruins into a consistent Top 25 team annually.  Everything is there to achieve success without having to go to school in Watts. Rest assured, half the population of Los Angeles hates the Trojans, and nothing would make them happier to see USC/UCLA back to an even playing field.  Coach Mora has a hugh job ahead of him, but UCLA is more than capable of recovering with the right leadership.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:56 am
 

UCLA dismisses three players

Comparing UCLA and USC academiocally is ridiculous.  The fact is that USC actually has a higher academic standard that UCLA does, and is ranked higher nationally than UCLA is.  (24thto 25th).  So please do not use that excuse for UCLA's failures on the football field.  The truth of the matter is that UCLA will always be 2nd best in Los Angeles.  USC has too much tradition, too many championship, and too good of an alumni backing their program for this to ever change.  Mora can try, and may have some initial success, but in the end, he willjust join the long list of coaches who failed to move the program along.  UCLA is a very laid back school.  While that got out of hand, and some changes were needed, Mora cannot go in there and decide he is George S. Patton and expect to be successful.  The transaction has to take time.  UCLA loses 6 of their starting front 7 on offense from last year, and a bunch of defensive players, to graduation.  The last thing they need is to start losing underclassmen.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:35 am
 

UCLA dismisses three players

BTW, why do coaches (and bloggers) and everyone else associated with college athletics call these men and women "kids"?  A 20-year-old male or female is not a kid.  I'd like to see some coach somewhere call his players "men" and expect them to behave like men.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:34 am
 

UCLA dismisses three players

BTW, why do coaches (and bloggers) and everyone else associated with college athletics call these men and women "kids"?  A 20-year-old male is not a kid.  I'd like to see some coach somewhere call his players "men" and expect them to behave like men.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:34 am
 

UCLA dismisses three players

BTW, why do coaches (and bloggers) and everyone else associated with college athletics call these men and women "kids"?  A 20-year-old male is not a kid.  I'd like to see some coach somewhere call his players "men" and expect them to behave like men.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:29 am
 

UCLA dismisses three players

I could not care less (yep folks, that's the correct usage of the expression) about UCLA football but I'm a fan of Jim Mora.  "Over the wall" = deserting your teammates.  How could a tradition arise from that?...



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:17 am
 

UCLA dismisses three players

Fresno, I don't get it... saying none of these kids did nothing wrong in the Mora regime doesn't make sense.  One of the kids was not academically eligible and is not even enrolled.  Are you saying that the Bruins and Mora should have found a way to have kept a kid on the team who wasn't a student and couldn't get the grades when he was a student?  Do you really think that is the way to rebuild a program?




Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:19 am
 

UCLA dismisses three players

This is why Mora and UCLA will fail.  Not one of these kids did anything wrong under the "Mora" Regime, yet.  There is nothing wrong with going in tough and trying to grab players attention.  But, these aren't his kids and he's accomplished nothing (at any level) to command respect.  Thus, he better think long and hard about all the decisions he makes, before he turns UCLA into an even worse mess than they are already in. 

He's not going to succeed and this is coming from a socal native and likes to see the home teams do well.  UCLA just doesn't understand football (hasn't since 2000) and Mora is not a winner (look at his record).  



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:00 am
 

UCLA dismisses three players

why is usc better than ucla.  it is really tough to recruit great football players that are really smart.  the standards are very high and it is going to be tough to close the gap.  go jim, go.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:32 pm
 

Good move

As the old saying goes, you can always go in tough and relax later, but you can't go in lax and then expect to tighten things up.  Mora is a hundred percent correct to reestablish standards right now.  In today's climate, there will always be somewhere for a player to go.  This is really a win-win situation.  Mora gets to mold his team in his own image, and the players get to go somewhere where they fit in better.  
 
I just hope he learns to rant like his dad someday. 


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