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Corey Pavin hits into rough with UCLA football coach

February 2, 2010 |  6:09 pm

Golfer, and UCLA alum, Corey Pavin bagged one UCLA coach, but now has to iron out problems with another.

Pavin appeared at Bruins basketball Coach Ben Howland's weekly news conference Tuesday to be honored, with the two exchanging gifts. Howland gave Pavin a UCLA jersey with his name on it, even though Pavin does not play basketball. Pavin, the Ryder Cup captain, gave Howland an autographed Ryder Cup golf bag, even though he doesn’t play golf.

“Someday I’ll have a use for this,” Howland said. “My friends who play golf are all going to be jealous.”

One was.

Word of the golf gift had apparently made the rounds.

When the news conference was over, UCLA football Coach Rick Neuheisel, an avid golfer, burst into the room shouting, “Pavin you gave Ben a golf bag? He doesn’t even play!”

--Chris Foster