"They're saying we can't watch for this reason or that reason," Harold Edison, father of Bruins defensive tackle Justin Edison, told the paper. "This is a big day for my son and they are not going to let me watch?"
Edison was told by employees of the UCLA football program that he couldn't even be in the parking structure, and that campus police would be called if parents refused to leave "and it escalates."
UCLA closed the Pro Day under the auspice of limiting "distractions."
Mark Dye, father of safety Tony Dye, was told the closed workout was so the Pro Day would be like "a job interview."
"I think this is all unnecessary," Mark Dye told the Times. "If they have a legitimate reason for keeping parents out, I haven't heard it yet."
It's a strange tactic from a program that might not have a single player drafted next month and doesn't need negative media attention as new coach Jim Mora attempts to rebuild the program. Tight end Corey Harkey is the best prospect, rated 12th in a weak position group and 235th overall by NFLDraftScout.com. Harkey also had one of the worst all-around workouts at the Scouting Combine last month.
One would think the downtrodden Bruins program would encourage a "come one, come all" approach in an effort to build some support around its athletes and hopefully get a few drafted in the late rounds or at least into some NFL training camps.
Dye is the 18th-rated strong safety prospect and 409th overall, while Sean Westgate is the 42nd-rated outside linebacker in this class by NFLDraftScout.com.
Although Harold Edison said there was some "buzz" around his son after the NFLPA all-star game, he is not currently among NFLDraftScout.com's top 750 prospects. Other former Bruins participating in the Pro Day were Nate Chandler, Derrick Coleman, Taylor Embree, Jamie Graham, Mike Harris, Glenn Love, Kai Maiava, Nelson Rosario and Josh Smith, along with 2011 alum Christian Ramirez and 2007 alum Rodney Van, according to UCLABruins.com.