COLLEGE FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : UCLA : It Might Become a Matter of Class
The question involved playing a Thursday night football game with three days of preparation.
San Diego State Coach Al Lugenbill had no problem with it.
“Well, it’s our third time, and we have a lot of kids who have been with us the previous two times,” he said. “So it’s not new to us.”
“It’s not an easy week to prepare for, obviously because it interferes with your academics, which is crucial at any university in this day and age.”
Might UCLA have an advantage because it hasn’t started school? “They haven’t started school?” he said. “Then, it’s a definite advantage for them. I didn’t realize that.”
UCLA will begin classes on Thursday, and that night face San Diego State in San Diego.
UCLA beat San Diego State, 37-12, in a Thursday night game in 1991.
Running back Sharmon Shah remains a question mark, even after carrying 40 times for 187 yards in Saturday’s victory over Stanford.
Coach Terry Donahue is still talking about the possibility that Shah will ask the Pacific 10 Conference for a redshirt season. He would be eligible if he played no more than three of UCLA’s first five games. Shah has played two of the first three. “I think he’ll play one more game and see how he’s doing,” said Donahue, adding that he was not sure that the game would be this week.