Adrian Klemm

UCLA suspends OL coach Adrian Klemm (again)


Typically around this time of the summer we monitor suspension news for players. It is not every day we get suspension news for a member of a coaching staff. Enter UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who has been suspended for the first two games on UCLA’s schedule for the upcoming 2015 season. Klemm has also been hit with additional recruiting restrictions as a result of a five-month investigation.

Back in mid-March UCLA suspended Klemm with pay after it was brought to the attention of the university he had been connected to various NCAA violations. UCLA was proactive in reporyting the findings to the Pac-12 and the NCAA, and Klemm was reinstated by the program in June. At the time of his reinstatement, UCLA confirmed it was working with the NCAA to complete a review of the matters tied to Klemm’s suspension. The NCAA is still conducting a review of the situation, but apparently had enough to justify a two-game suspension and recruiting restrictions.

UCLA will give up two official visits in the next year, which was tacked on to the Bruins already committing to reduce recruiting days by 10 percent this year. Considering it appears UCLA is cooperating and being pro-active with this response to these unknown violations, it should not be expected the NCAA drops any additional hammers unless something substantial that has not already been reported is discovered. There is no timeline for the conclusion of the NCAA’s investigation, and predicting when that may wrap up is difficult to do as there is no real consistency when it comes to this process.

Either way, UCLA will be without an offensive line coach (and run game coordinator) for the first two games of the season. UCLA opens the season at home against Virginia of the ACC and on the road at UNLV. Klemm is scheduled to return in time for UCLA’s home game in Week 3 against BYU.

Suspended UCLA coach reinstated by program

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UCLA assistant coach Adrian Klemm has finished serving the college coaching game’s equivalent of a timeout. Suspended since March for undisclosed recruiting violations, Klemm has been reinstated by the Bruins and may resume coaching duties. Despite an ongoing communication with the NCAA, Klemm has been cleared to return fulfilling his obligations to the program.

“UCLA continues to work jointly and cooperate fully with the NCAA to complete the review of the matters surrounding Klemm’s suspension,” UCLA’s athletic department said in a statement. “To protect the integrity of the ongoing process, UCLA will refrain from further comment at this time.”

In addition to focusing on his responsibilities as running game coordinator, Klemm can now get back into the recruiting work as well, something he was prohibited from participating in while suspended. Many regard Klemm as one of the top recruiters in the country, especially around the Pac-12.

The reason for Klemm’s suspension is still unknown, and it will likely stay that way at this point.