UCLA's Maiava is academically ineligible

December, 22, 2009
12/22/09
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USC isn't the only L.A. program having issues with academics.

UCLA's starting center Kai Maiava and reserve freshman receiver/tight end Morrell Presley are academically ineligible to play against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29, while troubled freshman offense guard Stanley Hasiak has left the team and returned home to Hawaii for personal reasons.

The Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register reported that Hasiak, an elite member of the Bruins' 2009 recruiting class, is unlikely to return to the team.

Jake Dean will move from guard to center and replace Maiava, a transfer from Colorado, and Nick Ekbatani will start at guard.

On the plus side, it appears that quarterback Kevin Prince, who hurt his shoulder against USC, is healthy and will start.

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