UCLA assistants depart before Cactus Bowl against Kansas State

UCLA linebackers coach Scott White and defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin have vacated their assistant jobs more than two weeks before the Bruins’ Cactus Bowl game against Kansas State, according to a person familiar with the situation not authorized to disclose the information publicly.

The reason for the departures was the recent hiring of Don Pellum to coach linebackers and Paul Rhoads to coach defensive backs, the person said. With Pellum and Rhoads starting to recruit for the Bruins, the team needed to shed staff to stay within the maximum allotment of nine assistants.

White and Martin have been paid through their contracts. The assistants had initially been expected to remain in their roles through the Dec. 26 bowl game at Chase Field in Phoenix even though they would not be part of coach Chip Kelly’s new staff.

Graduate assistants Dalton Hilliard and Kyle Weiss are expected to fill in for White and Martin during preparations for the bowl game.

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