Doba upset about fan’s alleged slurs

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Washington State coach Bill Doba said it was “upsetting’ to learn a UCLA player said he was the target of a racial slur during the Bruins’ visit to Pullman, Wash., two years ago. Doba addressed the topic during his Tuesday session with reporters, and said he will ask fans during his weekly radio show, and other appearances, to behave more appropriately Saturday when No. 12 UCLA visits the Cougars. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “A racial slur anywhere, anytime, in any country is uncalled for. It’s wrong,’ said Doba, who added such incidents ‘don’t help us in recruiting.’ Doba added that many times in his career he’s been the target of abuse by fans at visiting stadiums. “I’ve been spit on,’ Doba said. “I’ve been hit by a whiskey bottle in other places. It’s not just Pullman fans (misbehaving), it’s throughout (college football).’ Meanwhile, Bruins coach Karl Dorrell, who is African-American, said he did not hear any racial comments during his 2003 trip to Martin Stadium, but has heard them in other venues. “You hear it everywhere,’ Dorrell said. “There’s racism everywhere. It’s not just in one geographic area. I’m not saying `It’s only in Pullman.’ That can be in any place. That’s just the given nature in any environment. You just have to deal with it and not make it an issue. Just go out there and play and do your job.’ When UCLA’s Page ran 38 yards on a game-changing fake punt in the fourth quarter against Cal, the Bears only had 10 players on the field. Tedford told reporters during his Tuesday media session the 11th player was running onto the field when someone else shouted for the players on the sideline to “get back.’ The 11th player mistakenly thought the directive was shouted at him, and ran back to the sideline. “It was a youthful mistake that needs to be recognized by the coaches involved,’ Tedford told reporters. “It’s very disappointing. It’s not just the kid’s fault. It’s also the coaches’ fault.’ The absent player was supposed to be at right end, where Page ran. Bruins tailback Maurice Drew is getting almost as many touches this season as a year ago, but he said he learned to better care for his body so he can recover more quickly. “Coming from last year, you learn how to take care of your body a little better after experiencing all the pain,’ Drew said. “I’m in cold tubs more and more.’ Drew averaged nearly 20 touches in the first five games of 2004, and said he was sore the rest of the season. Through five games in 2005, he is averaging 17.6 touches per game, but said he feels much better. UCLA defensive tackle Brigham Harwell (ankle) practiced lightly, and is expected to play at Washington State … Linebacker Kyle Bosworth, who plays on special teams, has a broken left thumb and did not practice … Bruins third- string quarterback David Koral hasn’t been with the team since Thursday. He is suffering from an illness, but could be back later this week. Brian Dohn can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “That’s very upsetting to me,’ Doba said. “Hopefully, it’s just one idiot.’ It comes in response to a story in the this paper in which Bruins senior strong safety Jarrad Page said fans at Washington State were rowdy, and yelled “everything, from racial comments to all that type of stuff.’ last_img