Pac-12: Carnell Lake

UCLA hires Lea as linebackers coach

February, 24, 2010
UCLA has promoted Clark Lea from graduate assistant to linebackers coach and assigned the entire secondary to assistant Tim Hundley.

Hundley shared responsibilities for the Bruins' secondary last year with cornerbacks coach Carnell Lake, who left the staff Monday for family reasons, according to the school.

The release announcing Lea's promotion said that although defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough was officially listed as the linebackers coach in 2009, Lea, a second-year graduate assistant, "was hands-on with the linebacking corps."

“Clark is an outstanding young coach with a very bright future,” UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement. “I thought he did a fine job this past season with our group of linebackers. In addition, he is a dogged recruiter. Even though he was not allowed to go off-campus, he made a great impression on recruits and their families when they came to campus and built great relationships with several of the young men who signed with us, most notably Aramide Olaniyan.”

Lea (pronounced Lee) also coached as a Bruins graduate assistant under former defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker in 2006. In between his two stints as a UCLA GA, he served two seasons (2007 and 2008) as linebackers coach at South Dakota State and was recruiting coordinator the latter year.

In 2005, he served as an intern for the UCLA staff and also was an assistant football coach at Harvard-Westake High School.

Prior to UCLA, Lea served as an offensive graduate assistant at Vanderbilt, where he played fullback from 2002 to 2004, the final year as a graduate student.

During his collegiate career, Lea was a member of the SEC Honor Roll and an All-Academic SEC honoree. He was also a John Wooden Cup finalist, a trophy awarded by Athletes for a Better World, and a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honoree. He earned a bachelor’s in political science from Vanderbilt in 2005 and a master's in political science from Vanderbilt in 2007.

Pac-10 lunch links: Gerhart has found a new BFF

February, 23, 2010
Like a long-legged fly upon the stream
His mind moves upon silence.

Carnell Lake leaves UCLA

February, 22, 2010
Carnell Lake, a former UCLA All-American who coached the Bruins cornerbacks' last year, is leaving the program for "family reasons," according to a release from the school.

“Carnell did a great job coaching our cornerbacks last season and will always be remembered as a great Bruin,” coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement. “Carnell is also a great father and he felt this was in the best interest of his family. We wish him all the best in the future and know he will still be involved in our program as a proud alum.”

Lake, 42, who also was an NFL All-Pro, joined the Bruins in January of 2009.

UCLA ranked second in the Pac-10 in pass defense and senior corner Alterraun Verner earned several All-America honors.

Bullough UCLA's new D-coordinator

January, 27, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

Chuck Bullough has been promoted from UCLA's linebackers coach to defensive coordinator, while Carnell Lake, who earned All-America honors at UCLA and was an NFL All-Pro, has been hired to coach the Bruin cornerbacks, the school announced Monday evening. 

Bullough, 40, will replace DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State's new head coach. 

"Chuck is an outstanding coach and is certainly deserving of the opportunity to lead our defense," UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement. "He worked closely with DeWayne in the development of schemes and game plans, so I know the defense will continue to flourish under his leadership.

"He has a dynamic, high-energy personality and can really get after it on the recruiting trail. He is very detail oriented when it comes to teaching fundamentals and he has earned the respect of our players for the job he has done while here at UCLA."  

Bullough has been a member of two staffs on which the head coach earned "coach of the year" honors. In 2001, Dick Jauron was named NFL Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 13-3 record (Chicago was 4-12 in the season prior to that staff's arrival). In 2005, Western Michigan improved from 1-10 to 7-4, the biggest turnaround in MAC history, and first-year head coach Bill Cubit was named MAC Coach of the Year.

From 1999 to 2003, Bullough coached every defensive position and special teams on the staff of the Chicago Bears.

He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and second-team All-American linebacker at Michigan State University, Bullough was selected in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and had a five-year career in the National Football League.

Lake, 41, was a three-year (1986-88) starting outside linebacker at UCLA. As a senior in 1988, UCLA went 10-2, and Lake earned first-team All-America and All-Pac-10 honors. He was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and Lombardi Trophy. Off the field, he earned a National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete award.

During his four-year UCLA career, he made 45.5 tackles for loss, the No. 1 total in school history, and 25.5 sacks -- No. 4 on that UCLA career chart. UCLA compiled a record of 37-9-2 during Lake's career and won all four bowl games (Rose, Freedom, Aloha and Cotton) in which he played.

"We are thrilled to bring Carnell back to UCLA," Neuheisel said. "He had a great playing career, both at UCLA and in the NFL, and was a real student of the game. We believe the qualities that made him a great player will translate to his coaching assignment.

"I also feel he will be a great asset in recruiting. He grew up in Los Angeles, went to school at UCLA, was a great student and played for a long time in the NFL. He is the prototype of the young men we are looking to recruit to UCLA."

A second-round selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1989 NFL draft, Lake played 12 seasons in the National Football League as a strong safety and cornerback -- the first 10 with the Steelers -- and he played in five Pro Bowls and Super Bowl XXX against the Dallas Cowboys.

During his career, he played for four head coaches who won Super Bowls -- Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher with Pittsburgh, Tom Coughlin with Jacksonville and Brian Billick with Baltimore.

Since his retirement following the 2001 season, Lake has worked in private business.

Pac-10 lunch links: Is Carnell Lake headed to UCLA?

January, 19, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

A fabulous Monday to ya.

  • Q&A with Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis. Covers a wide range of topics.
  • Potential staff additions at UCLA include former NFL and UCLA star Carnell Lake. Note the final item in story about UCLA offensive line coach Bob Palcic turning down an offer from California's Jeff Tedford.
  • Mark Sanchez didn't exactly leave USC adrift -- the Trojans will be national title contenders again in 2009.
  • Comparing Washington's and Washington State's recruiting. Cougars are winning, though the Huskies just won a head-to-head recruiting battle. Also, Steve Sarkisian has filled out his coaching staff.