Wednesday, December 16, 2009
UCLA goes over the wall, but will Carter be back?
By ESPN.com staff
As far as school traditions go, UCLA's "Wall Day" is pretty lame -- hmm, dotting the "I" at Ohio State or bailing out on practice? -- but that tradition was re-enacted Tuesday when the Bruins bolted over the brick wall at Spaulding Field, leaving Rick Neuheisel and his staff with an unexpected couple of hours off.
But the L.A. Times, linked above, included a note that should be more concerning as the Bruins prepare for a date with Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29: Senior All-Pac-10 linebacker Reggie Carter is in danger of being academically ineligible for the bowl game. If Carter doesn't pass his classwork, he'd likely be replaced by sophomore Steve Sloan.
As for "Wall Day," Neuheisel participated in them when he played for the Bruins, but he's not necessarily been a fan of the tradition as the head coach. He, however, was a good sport this week, according the news reports, because the practices had been focused on developing underclass players and not yet on the Temple game plan.
"They caught us all by surprise with this one," Neuheisel told reporters. "I do compliment them on the choice of days, when we are still getting back into football mode. I am pleased with the leadership in terms of the choice."