Wednesday, September 7, 2011
UCLA suspends center Kai Maiava
By ESPN.com staff
UCLA center Kai Maiava has been suspended for the Bruins' home opener against San Jose State.
The LA Times reported that Maiava tested positive for marijuana, citing "people in the program who were not authorized to speak on the matter."
From the Times:
Under UCLA's drug policy, an athlete is suspended for the next athletic contest after testing positive for a third time. The fourth positive test results in "an immediate suspension from participation in athletics" and a loss of scholarship, according to the policy.
Maiava, perhaps the Bruins best lineman, was the team's center in 2009 but sat out last season after breaking his ankle during the fall scrimmage. Greg Capella is expected to replace him in the starting lineup.
It's not certain how the rest of the line will look because of the potential early return of Jeff Baca, who was cleared to practice this week after breaking his ankle during spring practices.
Chris Ward will start at one guard, and Baca could start at either tackle or guard. If Baca plays tackle, Sean Sheller, who started at tackle in the opener at Houston, likely would move inside to guard, though JC transfer Albert Cid also is a possibility.