UCLA Football Offseason: Jim Mora Hires Luke Spanos To Be Defensive Coordinator

The UCLA Bruins are losing a couple of players to start off the Jim Mora era, including defensive end Wesley Flowers, tight end Raymond Nelson and wide receiver Randall Carroll.

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Lou Spanos Is The New UCLA Defensive Coordinator

The UCLA Bruins might have found the defensive coordinator they were looking for when Lou Spanos was hired today. Jim Mora welcomed him with this congratulatory tweet.

Here's more on the hire from Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times.

Spanos is the Washington Redskins linebackers coach and has been for most of the past two seasons. Spanos was also a defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the three years previous. He doesn't really have any experience as a defensive coordinator, but he definitely has been a part of successful defenses considering his history with the Steelers. It should be a hire more Bruins fans will be pleasantly pleased with, as they can look for UCLA to have a tougher, more physical edge to them that they've lacked lately.

UCLA has great talent on the defensive side of the football. Is Spanos the man to lead them to greatness?

To discuss Spanos and the Bruins, head over to Bruins Nation.

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2012 NFL Draft Combine: UCLA's Cory Harkey Invited To Indianapolis, Per Report

According to CollegeFootballNews.com, a part of FOX Sports' Scout.com, one UCLA Bruins football player has been invited to participate in the NFL Combine held in Indianapolis, Indiana, which takes place from Feb. 22-28. That player is senior tight end Cory Harkey.

Harkey started in all 14 of the Bruins games this season but was a much more effective blocking tight end than he was a pass-catching tight end. In fact, he only caught one pass in 2011. That came in the team's Oct. 1 game on the road against Stanford and went for 10 yards. He caught 14 passes his junior year for 140 yards. Harkey was the winner of the Jerry Long "Heart" Award and also the Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior of the Year by the coaching staff at the end of the season.

The Combine will give Harkey a chance to display his athleticism and any attributes he has that will set him apart from others that play the same position.

For more updates on the UCLA Bruins, head on over to Bruins Nation.

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UCLA Bruins Dismiss Randall Carroll, Wesley Flowers

The UCLA Bruins have had trouble getting production out of one of their most talented wide receivers, redshirt sophomore Randall Carroll, even going so far as to move him to defensive backs. They won't have to try any longer. Peter Yoon of ESPN Los Angeles reports.

UCLA has dismissed tight end Raymond Nelson and defensive lineman Wesley Flowers for a violation of team rules while defensive back Randall Carroll was dismissed for failing to meet academic requirements, the school announced Monday after new coach Jim Mora met with the team for the first time.

"At UCLA, we have a high set of standards that we expect every student-athlete to adhere to," Mora said in a statement issued by the school. "Unfortunately, these three gentlemen choose not to do so."

Jim Mora is making an early statement and apparently a huge commitment to culture change in the program. Carroll apparently was not performing up to his duties as a student-athlete on and off the field, which meant the team had to cut ties and start over. These are hopefully the right steps in bring UCLA football in the right direction.

Flowers was not much used at UCLA, so his departure won't be too big a deal. Both Carroll and Flowers join Raymond Nelson on the chopping block for the Bruins football team.

To discuss Carroll, Flowers, Nelson, and the impact of their loss on UCLA football, head to Bruins Nation.

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UCLA Football News: TE Raymond Nelson Kicked Off Team

The UCLA Bruins are losing Raymond Nelson after an incident at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

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