Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Staff changes: UCLA
By Ted Miller
Only Oregon and Washington didn't experience any staff turnover this offseason, so we're running through the staff changes for the other 10 Pac-12 teams.
Next up is UCLA , which went through considerable -- and highly public -- staff upheaval this offseason.
Team in parenthesis is where the departing coach ended up.
Norm Chow, offensive coordinator/QBs (Utah)
Reggie Moore, receivers
Mike Johnson, offensive coordinator/WRs
Head coach Rick Neuheisel will coach QBs
Chuck Bullough, defensive coordinator (Cleveland Browns)
Joe Tresey, defensive coordinator
Todd Howard, defensive line (Washington State)
Inoke Breckterfield, defensive line
Jim Mastro, tight ends/F-backs
(A GA worked with TEs in 2010)
Reaction: Well, it was a messy offseason -- at least in terms of public perception -- as Neuheisel re-made his staff. He faces a make-or-break campaign in 2011. But at least you can say this: This is Neuheisel's staff. When he was hired before the 2008 season, his staff was in some ways forced upon him, particularly Chow and defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker. Further, the Bruins biggest question heading into spring practices is quarterback. And that's the position Neuheisel will coach. So, really -- pass or fail -- this season should provide a fair window to assess where the program is under Neuheisel. Johnson and Neuheisel know each other well from their days with the Baltimore Ravens, so they should be able to work together. The hiring of Mastro away from Nevada means that both get an expert in the Wolf Pack pistol offense who can help them incorporate however many elements they want to this season. Tresey wasn't the first choice on defense, but he's got a solid resume and likes to attack, which should be appealing to fans. Breckterfield, 33, was a star at Oregon State who might inject some fire into a unit that sometimes lacked it. Still, with this much turnover, there's a lot to get done before the Bruins visit Houston on Sept. 3.