Brian Dohn of the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS reports the sad news that “long-time UCLA assistant coach and current assistant director of academic services Ed Kezirian is retiring. He was a 13-year assistant coach under Terry Donahue, and served as the interim coach for the Bruins in the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl after coach Bob Toledo was fired.”
More specifically, Kezirian was known was “The Towel Guy” because he waved the damn thing on the UCLA football sidelines in an (usually feeble) attempt to awaken the slumbering Bruin faithful.
This is a disaster for us, as he was our only current motivation to go to UCLA games. And we suspect new coach Rick Neuheisel may have put the kibosh on Easy Ed’s antics for next season, speeding his *retirement*. Either that or Slick Rick saw “academic support” next to Kezirian’s title and knew he wasn’t right for his program.