UCLA athletics

NCAA finds UCLA assistant Adrian Klemm ‘acted unethically,’ gives OL coach two-year show-cause

3 Comments

For the second time in as many days, a Pac-12 school has found itself on the receiving end of a public rebuke from the NCAA.

The Association announced in a press release that it has found UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm “acted unethically… when he paid for two prospects to receive private training.”  Klemm acknowledged that he had paid $2,400 toward housing and private training sessions for the unnamed recruits, but only after a former girlfriend sent a letter to the NCAA in November of 2014 alleging potential violations.

Klemm, one of the top recruiters in the conference, claimed that he did not know that was a violation of NCAA rules. “[T]he coach incorrectly believed it was permissible to pay for the training because he believed the two prospects signed National Letters of Intent,” the NCAA’s release stated.  The Committee on Infractions decided that Klemm should’ve been aware such an arrangement ran counter to Association bylaws.

In March of 2015, UCLA announced that Klemm had been placed on paid suspension as unspecified NCAA rules violations had been uncovered.  While he was reinstated three months later, Klemm was suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season.

The NCAA accepted the school’s self-imposed sanctions, which included the initial suspensions for the spring recruiting period/spring practice period and the first two regular-season games as well as a reduction in the number of spring football evaluation days from 168 to 150 for the spring 2015 recruiting period; and a reduction in the number of official visits from the university’s four-year average by two for the 2015-16 academic year.

In addition to those self-imposed penalties, the NCAA imposed an additional $5,000 fine and issued an official public reprimand and censure.

Personally, Klemm was slapped with a two-year show-cause.  That will have no impact on Klemm as long as he remains with the Bruins.  Should he be fired or leave the program for any reason within the next two years, however, he and his new employer, if at the collegiate level, would have to appear in front of the COI to “show cause” as to why the new school shouldn’t be subject to sanctions.

Thursday, the NCAA announced that it had found two boosters had supplied former Stanford wide receiver Devon Cajuste with $3,500 in impermissible benefits two years ago.

After leaving Miami, Darrion Owens lands at Houston

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Nearly three weeks after leaving Miami, Darrion Owens has found himself a new college football home.

Friday, Houston confirmed that it was officially added Owens to second-year head coach Major Applewhite‘s roster.  As the linebacker joins the Cougars as a graduate transfer from The U, he can immediately bolster UH’s defense in 2018.

This coming season marks the Florida native’s final season of eligibility.

Owens joined the Hurricanes as a three-star 2014 recruit.  247Sports.com had him rated as the No. 30 outside linebacker in the country.

After playing in 12 games as a true freshman, Owens opened 2015 as a starter but suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Week 2.  The past two seasons, Owens played in 25 games. In 13 games in 2017, he was credited with 35 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss.

In announcing Owens’ transfer from The U, head coach Mark Richt stated that, after the two had talked, “he informed me that he feels his best opportunity to get the most playing time would be at another school.”

RB Tre Watson leaving Cal as grad transfer

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Cal lost one of their top running backs to a season-ending injury last year.  Now, they’ve lost him for good.

Tre Watson took to Twitter late Friday night to announce that, “after many months of discussion with my family and lots of prayers,” he has decided to transfer from the Bears.  He will be pursuing a master’s degree elsewhere, meaning he can play for another FBS school in 2018.

The upcoming season will be Watson’s final year of collegiate eligibility.

In a Week 2 win over Weber State this past season, Watson sustained a serious knee injury and didn’t play the rest of the year.  Prior to the injury, Watson’s 83 yards in less than five quarters worth of work this season were leading the team.

In 2016, Watson was second on the Bears in rushing yards with 709 and led the team with four rushing touchdowns.  he finishes the Cal portion of his playing career with 1,390 yards and eight touchdowns on 274 carries.

Frisman Jackson hired as Baylor’s WRs coach

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Matt Rhule has officially been reunited with one of his former assistant coaches.

Baylor Friday confirmed that Rhule has hired Frisman Jackson to be his next wide receivers coach.  In 2015 and 2016, Jackson served as Rhule’s receivers coach and passing-game coordinator at Temple.

This past season, Jackson was the receivers coach for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

“We are blessed to get Fris fresh off a successful playoff run at Tennessee,” Rhule said in a statement. “After having worked with him before, I know there is no one better suited to take our receivers group to the next level. His experience as both a college and pro player and coach gives him a unique perspective on developing our young men as elite football players, great students and quality men. His ability to teach and develop receivers is second to none. We are excited to welcome Fris, Lindsey, Anya and Forrest to the Baylor family.”

Jackson, who spent six seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver, has previously spent time on FBS coaching staffs at North Carolina State (2013-14), Northern Illinois (2012) and Akron (2010-11).  At each of those stops, Jackson was a receivers coach.

“I’m very excited to be back with Coach Rhule,” Jackson said. “I had a great time working with him at Temple. He’s a smart coach, he’s a fair coach and he’s a true family guy. I know he is going to do things the right way.

“Getting back with coaches I have worked with before makes the transition easy and smooth. Those two years at Temple were some of my best years as a coach. We had a great run and I’m looking forward to doing the same things at Baylor.”

Illinois DT Tito Odenigbo reportedly transferring to Miami

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Miami lost a pair of underclassmen starting defensive tackles to the NFL draft, putting a serious dent in the interior of its line.  A couple of weeks later, however, it appears The U has somewhat softened that early-entry blow.

247Sports.com reported Friday that Tito Odenigbo has decided to transfer from Illinois to Miami.  As Odenigbo would be coming to the Hurricanes as a graduate transfer, he would be able to play immediately for the ACC team in 2018.

The upcoming season would be the defensive tackle’s final year of eligibility.

This past season, Odenigbo started four of the 10 games he played for the Illini, and his 4½ tackles for loss were tied for second on the team in 2017.  All told, Odenigbo played in 21 games at Illinois, starting five of those contests.

Prior to the NFL’s deadline, tackles RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton confirmed that they would be leaving Miami early for the NFL draft.