The UCLA Registrar’s Office confirmed Clark’s status to the Orange County Register, ending a few days of speculation about the tight end’s status with the team. UCLA begins its fall academic quarter on Monday.
Clark played in the Bruins’ season opener against Virginia, but did not travel with the team to last weekend’s game at UNLV. Last week he tweeted (and later deleted) that he was “back in the 201,” referring to the area code of his New Jersey hometown, but UCLA head coach Jim Mora would not comment on Clark’s status with the program.
According to the OC Register, Clark missed the first week of preseason practice while dealing with mononucleosis. When he returned to practice, Clark was “on the receiving end of a tirade from Mora.”
From the Register:
Clark struggled to catch on at UCLA. He was sidelined for the first week of camp because of mononucleosis. To begin the second practice, he was also on the receiving end of a profanity-filled tirade from Mora, who scolded the tight end for arriving late to practice with a cell phone in hand.
At one point during the public tongue-lashing, which went on for several minutes, Mora told Clark he would drive him to the airport so he could transfer to Rutgers or a junior college.
Clark was rated as the No. 79 overall prospect in the 2015 class. He signed with UCLA after previously verbally committing to both North Carolina and Michigan.
He is the second member of the Bruins’ 2015 class to leave the program. Four-star wide receiver Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, decided to leave the football team in August but is still enrolled as a UCLA student.
The Bruins, 2-0, host BYU on Saturday.
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