Monday, December 20, 2010
Pac-10 weekend update
By ESPN.com staff
Checking in with the news items from the weekend that was.
- The big news was UCLA, which announced the firing of two coaches: defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough and receivers coach Reggie Moore. Moreover, coach Rick Neuheisel is clearly conflicted on bringing offensive coordinator Norm Chow back: "The offense is still a place I'm evaluating and Norm as the coordinator is certainly in that category," he said Saturday. As for Bullough, Neuheisel's interest in using more 3-4 schemes on defense -- Bullough was a 4-3 guy -- might suggest he's eyeballing a coach with an NFL background. Here's the LA Times on the firings. And the LA Daily News.
- Arizona won't have co-coordinators on defense in 2011. After Greg Brown left for Colorado, Wildcats coach Mike Stoops decided that Tim Kish will be the solo defensive coordinator going forward. But that means that Stoops still needs to hire a new defensive line coach -- Mike Tuiasosopo also left for Colorado -- and secondary coach, which Brown oversaw.
- USC's defensive line, which already lost Jurrell Casey to the NFL draft, took another hit with the transfer of Hebron Fangupo to BYU. While Fangupo fell short of his early promise with the Trojans -- injuries seemed to be a constant problem -- that's a significant loss of a big body inside as a position of strength starts to thin.
- And, finally, is this guy -- the best prep offensive lineman in the nation -- back in play for a Pac-12 school?