In a departure from the norm, UCLA Coach Terry Donahue called a team meeting after practice Tuesday, and a major announcement was anticipated.
The quarterback decision?
No. Just game procedures, suit-up lists, NCAA equipment rules, etc., said Donahue, who added that no decision had been made regarding the competition between Wayne Cook and Ryan Fien for the starting quarterback job Saturday against California.
One decision was made, though. Tight end Brian Allen was determined to have torn cartilage, and arthroscopic surgery was performed Tuesday. Allen had been wearing a red jersey, signifying injury, since the third day of preseason drills.
He will be sidelined at least four weeks.
That makes sophomore Brian Richards, a converted defensive lineman, the starter, with Troy Aldrich, a junior college transfer, as his backup and the tight end who will be called on in passing situations.
The quarterback situation might have been confounded slightly when Cook was held out of part of practice after telling Donahue that his left thigh, in which there is a pulled muscle, was sore. Cook had practiced at full speed on Monday for the first time in five days.
Donahue believes that Cook will be ready for Saturday’s game.