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After reshuffling his staff -- including replacing both coordinators -- Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel announced another change Monday: special teams coach Frank Gansz Jr. has left the staff for personal reasons and he has been replaced by Angus McClure.
McClure was the team's director of on-campus recruiting, though he possesses more than a decade of on-field college coaching experience.
"Frank has done a great job for us during our three years together and I certainly wish him all the best," Neuheisel said in a statement. "He feels that it's in his best interest to make this move and I certainly understand and respect his decision."
McClure has been a member of the Bruins staff since 2007, when he was the tight ends coach under Karl Dorrell. He has spent the past three years in his recruiting position and has handled recruiting administration and organization; managing all official and unofficial visits; tracking all recruiting paperwork, including transcripts, serving as liaison to college All-Star game representatives; liaison with pro scouts; and other assignments from the head coach.
McClure came to UCLA after serving as the offensive line/run game coordinator on Turner Gill's staff at the University of Buffalo during the 2006 season. He spent the two previous seasons (2004-2005) as an assistant on Bill Callahan's staff at Nebraska. He assisted with the offensive line, coaching the offensive tackles, as well as serving in several special teams roles. From 1997-2003, McClure was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 1997-2003 Sacramento State.
"Angus has a lot of experience both in on-field coaching and administration and organization," Neuheisel said. "He has been a valuable member of the staff and I know he was anxious to return to coaching. This will be a smooth transition and I expect our special teams to flourish under his guidance."
While we only wish you happiness on Valentines Day, here are six top heartbreaks from the Pac-12.
5.Thomas spurns USC for Oregon: DeAnthony Thomas, widely considered one of the most dynamic athletes in the 2011 recruiting class, was a long-time USC commitment. He was expected to be one of the jewels of the Trojans' top-five class. But he took a late visit to Oregon just before signing day, when he broke USC hearts by signing with the Ducks.
4. Trojans get kicked: USC lost consecutive games the first two weekends of October -- 32-31 to Washington and 37-35 to Stanford -- on last-second field goals. And there was much gnashing of teeth.
3. Buffalo slaughter: Colorado led Kansas 45-17 with 14:52 left. Stick a fork in this one, right? Hey, maybe there was some life in Dan Hawkins' Colorado team. And Kansas, after all, was a bad team in turmoil under first-year coach Turner Gill, having lost 11 consecutive conference games. But no. Kansas scored the final 35 points in the fourth quarter and won 52-45. Epic collapse or epic comeback? Either way, it was stunning.
2. James Brooks swats Alex Zendejas twice: A blocked extra-point attempt is rare. Two in one game -- by the same guy -- is even more rare. And two PATs blocked by the same guy in game-deciding situations in a rivalry game? Well, that's great theater. But the thrill for Arizona State's James Brooks -- the mad swatter -- was pure agony for Arizona kicker Alex Zendejas. Brooks rejected Zendejas' PAT late in the fourth quarter, which forced overtime. He then turned away a Zendejas PAT in the second overtime, giving the Sun Devils an improbable upset win, 30-29.
1. Dyer circumstances: Auburn's freshman running back Michael Dyer looked down, tackled by Oregon rover Eddie Pleasant. If you watch the replay, you can interpret it any way you want, as many have. But the bottom line is Dyer's apparent short run late in the national title game turned into a controversial 37-yard scamper, which set up the Tigers' winning field goal as the clock expired in a 22-19 victory. One word: Ouch.
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UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker's name continues to bounce around. He's talked to New Mexico State about its head coaching vacancy and he's apparently on a short list to become LSU's next defensive coordinator.
Meanwhile, the Bruins second-team All-Pac-10 junior cornerback Alterraun Verner is considering his NFL prospects.
Needless to say, these are potentially two big blows to the UCLA defense in 2009.
Walker should think long and hard before taking a dead-end job like New Mexico State, though the fact that he's seriously considering it shows how desperate some of the top black assistant coaches are to get head coaching jobs.
Turner Gill had long been a head coaching candidate who kept coming in second or third place, so he took the Buffalo job, which most saw as a doomed-to-failure decision. By force of will and personality, he made it work.
And he almost got the head coaching job at Auburn.
Perhaps Walker envisions going all Dr. Frankenstein over New Mexico State would be the final star on his already-solid resume so he could get a good head coaching job.
As for Verner, he's no can't-wait-to-ditch-the-books rube: He's a two-time, first-team All-Academic selection in the Pac-10.