UCLA suspends assistant football coach Adrian Klemm

UCLA suspends assistant football coach Adrian Klemm
UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, right, with Coach Jim Mora during a spring practice session in April 2014. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA has suspended assistant coach Adrian Klemm for the first two games of the upcoming season, the school announced Friday evening.

Klemm, the Bruins' offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, was suspended with pay for spring practice and the recruiting season as UCLA self-reported and investigated alleged NCAA rules violations.


The school's announcement said UCLA had completed its review of the case and decided to impose more sanctions.

In addition to missing UCLA's opener Sept. 5 at the Rose Bowl against Virginia, Klemm will be kept away from the Bruins' game at Nevada Las Vegas on Sept. 12. He was also fined an undisclosed amount of money.

"We have a little more clarity," Coach Jim Mora said after the announcement. "I'm not allowed yet to speak on it, but at least we can plan for those first couple weeks and how we're going to address it. So that is a positive."

As to how will the team will handle the offensive line while Klemm is serving the suspension, Mora said, "I don't know yet. It is something we'll sit down and talk about. I feel very confident that we have the men in place to make it work. We have an excellent staff. I feel comfortable with it."

UCLA said it had reduced its recruiting days by 10% in the spring and would reduce official visits by two next year.

The announcement also said UCLA would "continue to work jointly and cooperate fully with the NCAA's ongoing review" of the matter.

UCLA made the announcement as the football team was practicing at Cal State San Bernardino.

No decision on QB

UCLA first-team players came up with a 39-16 victory in Friday's 80-play scrimmage. But the Bruins are no closer to selecting a quarterback.

Freshman Josh Rosen and junior Jerry Neuheisel played for the first team. Both threw touchdown passes.

Neuheisel hit Kenneth Walker III on a 42-yard scoring pass. Rosen threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte.

"I would love to be able to make that decision, but to be perfectly frank, we're not prepared to make it," Mora said. "We have to make sure it is the right decision, that we have conviction about it, that we can stick with it."

As to when he would like to have a decision, Mora said, "by 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 5," when the Bruins open their season against Virginia."

But Mora would be more comfortable if a starter was chosen by "next weekend at the latest, so when we go into our preparation for Virginia, we know which way we're going."

The Bruins resume practice at UCLA on Monday.

Other highlights from the scrimmage:

Walker had three catches, two of them covering 25 or more yards. Freshman running backs Soso Jamabo and Bolu Olorunfunmi both had two runs of more than 20 yards. Linebacker Deon Hollins had 1 1/2 sacks.

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