Greetings from the final few days of my vacation.
I’m taking a little break from taking a break to let you all know that I was able to confirm today with Julie Manning, CU compliance director, that former CU wide receiver Josh Smith also has been given a release to UCLA.
CU athletic director Mike Bohn and coach Dan Hawkins had originally limited Smith’s release to Southern Cal. He informed them last month that he intended to transfer closer to home near Los Angeles to a school where he could pursue a specific music degree not offered at CU.
When CU limited his transfer option to just USC, he appealed the decision to a committee made up of three professors. They ruled on the side of Bohn and Hawkins, but Manning tells me a deal was worked out between Smith and Hawkins allowing the release and possible transfer to UCLA.
If Smith eventually ends up with the Bruins, he will be the second Buff in the past two offseasons to leave Boulder for Westwood, Calif. Former offensive lineman Kai Maiava left CU after the 2007 season for UCLA, where he is expected to be a heavy contribuitor this season for former CU coach Rick Neuheisel.