Originally Published: January 3, 2018 9:50 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
Rosen made the expected announcement Wednesday with a post on Twitter. He is expected to be a high first-round pick in April.
Rosen has been the Bruins’ starting quarterback for the past three seasons, playing in 30 total games after missing half of his sophomore year with injuries. He passed for 9,301 yards with 59 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions.
He was close to fired UCLA coach Jim Mora, but discussed his decision with new Bruins coach Chip Kelly.
In his statement, Rosen says that attending UCLA was “the best decision of my life.” He also promises his mother that he’ll return to Westwood to finish his degree.
Former Arizona lineman Warner Smith dies at age 44
TUCSON — Former Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Warner Smith has died after a more than three-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 44.
The university said Smith died Tuesday.
Smith was a four-year starter and senior team captain for Arizona and a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree as a guard.
During his career from 1991-1994, the Wildcats compiled a 28-18-1 overall record and appeared in three bowl games including the 1994 Fiesta Bowl when Arizona beat 10th-ranked Miami 29-0 to cap the program’s first 10-win season.
School officials say Smith was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2014.
A native of San Manuel, Arizona, Smith is survived by his wife Becky, 6-year-old daughter Carlee and other family members.
Funeral plans are pending.
Packers make it official: Capers out as D-coordinator
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have announced the departure of veteran defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and inside linebacker Scott McCurley were also let go.
The moves made earlier this week were announced by coach Mike McCarthy on Wednesday.
Packers president Mark Murphy said on Tuesday that McCarthy has the authority to fill the coordinator position without waiting for a new GM. Murphy is leading the search for a replacement for general manager Ted Thompson, who is moving to an advisory role with the team.
Capers had been defensive coordinator since 2009. Green Bay was fifth in overall defense in the Super Bowl-winning season in 2010.
But the defense slipped to 22nd in each of the past two seasons despite being stocked with high draft picks. Injuries have plagued the cornerback position.
More changes to McCarthy’s staff could be coming after the team finished below .500 and missed the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Gruden: There’s ‘good chance’ he’ll return as Raiders coach
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Jon Gruden says he had a good talk with Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis about returning to the organization for a second stint as coach and believes there is a “good chance” it will happen.
Gruden gave an interview to ESPN Radio on Wednesday to discuss his pursuit of the Raiders job that opened when Jack Del Rio was fired after a disappointing six-win season.
“It’s been a long couple of weeks,” Gruden said. “I know they’ve gone through their process of interviewing candidates and until they’re done I won’t know. I did have a good meeting with Mark. I’ve known him a long time and got a lot of respect for the Raiders football organization.”
Gruden has been out of coaching the past nine years while serving as ESPN’s analyst for “Monday Night Football.” He is scheduled to work the network’s playoff game Saturday in Kansas City between the Chiefs and Tennessee Titans and could come back to the Raiders as soon as next week.
“I think there’s a good chance,” he said. “I’m excited about where I’m at in terms of studying the game and preparing to come back and coach. I just don’t want to sit here and speculate.”
Gruden apparently is already trying to put together a staff. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he expected defensive coordinator Paul Guenther to interview with Oakland “at some point.”
Gruden spent four seasons as coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. After leading the Raiders to 8-8 records his first two years, Gruden helped the team reach the AFC title game following the 2000 season and got Oakland back into the playoffs the following season.
His tenure ended shortly after the “Tuck Rule” loss to the New England Patriots when he was traded the following month to Tampa Bay for two first-round draft picks, two second-rounders and $8 million.