UCLA's football team did its annual "Over the Wall" day on Tuesday, where players suddenly run off the field and into the locker room so they dont have to practice, a move that caught Rick Neuheisel off-guard.
To say Neuheisel -- who described himself as a proud wall climber during his playing days -- was less-than-pleased might be a vast understatement. But he accepted the move and practice did not take place.
But instead of going over the wall, this year's team simply ran through a gate.
"Man, I'm from the hood," linebacker Reggie Carter, an LA Crenshaw High graduate said. "If I'm going over a wall, I'm going hard. I didn't want to hurt myself."
Only quarterback Pat Cowan went over the wall.
"We thought about it, but it's a big wall," senior tight end Logan Paulsen said. "A little bit of the tradition got lost, but nobody got hurt."
The move did npt sit well with some assistants, who had heard of the move but felt the team lost a valuable day of practice. UCLA may not get the day back, as the NCAA only allows 15 spring sessions and because the team stretched, it may count as a practice day.