Eric Scott Reinstated To Coaching Staff
Aug. 11, 2007
Scott, in his first season as the wide receivers coach, was placed on leave following his arrest on July 24. A subsequent investigation by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department resulted in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office declining to file charges against Scott.
'We are glad that this situation has reached its conclusion through the legal process,' said Dorrell. 'After extensive deliberation with Coach Scott and a clear and thorough evaluation of the entire matter by the campus, we have decided to reinstate Eric to the coaching staff.'
During the investigation, previous incidents in Scott's background were discovered.
'Eric and I have spoken at length about his background and his previous incidents, including the ones in which I was unaware, and the circumstances surrounding them', said Dorrell. 'Eric fully understands and is very clear on the importance of being a good role model and the standard of behavior expected of a coach at UCLA. He also recognizes that UCLA has given him the opportunity to further his professional career and positively impact the lives of many student-athletes.'
'I am grateful to Coach (Karl) Dorrell and the UCLA administration for allowing me to resume my position on the UCLA coaching staff,' said Scott. 'I am glad that this situation has been resolved and I am looking forward to getting back to work.
'I am sorry for any embarrassment I have caused the football team, the athletic program and the University. I look forward to building the respect and trust of anyone that has been hurt or disappointed by this incident.'
'Eric's reinstatement is the result of extensive reflection and a thorough process that has taken place over the last two weeks,' said athletic director Dan Guerrero, who met with Scott and also discussed the matter with University administration. 'While being supportive of the decision, I also reinforced with Eric the standards expected at UCLA.'