Found November 17, 2011 on Fox Sports West:
As far as generosity goes, UCLA wide receiver Joshua Smith is as good as it gets. Yes, he left the University of Colorado to better himself, but he says he left the program better than he found it. "At least I didn't leave them empty handed," Smith said. He's still partly responsible for the Buffs success in the passing game. Smith helped recruit Colorado's leading receiver, Toney Clemons, when he decided to transfer to Boulder from Michigan. Smith may have left Boulder sooner than expected, but he left no stone unturned. Having a star wide receiver to replace him? Check. Making sure there was a tenant in his vacated apartment? Check. Accepting Facebook friend requests from those at CU? Check. "I accept all of them," he said. "I don't have (any) hard feelings." This transfer tells a different story. Smith's reason for changing schools had nothing to do with playing time or what took place on the field or even with what took place in meeting rooms. It had nothing to do with football. Smith transferring to UCLA was, seriously, a business decision. The senior wide receiver has ambitions of being in the music industry. Los Angeles was the perfect place for that when he decided he was going to leave Boulder. He's taken advantage of his opportunity. "The connections are definitely getting built, as well as the learning aspect of my production. I'm learning more about producing and picking up a few more instruments. I'm doing well on keyboard right now, I'm trying to move on to guitar," said Smith, who also sings. He's one of three UCLA seniors that have ties to the University of Colorado. The two teams will meet Saturday at the Rose Bowl at 4:30 p.m.. Smith and center Kai Maiava both transferred from Colorado. Wide receiver Taylor Embree's dad, Jon, is in his first season as the Buffaloes head coach. "I have a bunch of teammates and old friends over there that I still keep in touch with to this day," said Maiava. "I called a few of them the other day and we were just talking crap pretty much. "It's going to be real fun to play against them game and I'm real excited." But, there's more. Colorado sophomore wide receiver Paul Richardson signed a National Letter of Intent with the Bruins. He was on campus the summer before his freshman year but was dismissed from the program after violating team rules. Richardson is third on the Buffs in catches and second in touchdown receptions despite missing four games with a knee injury. He had a 284-yard receiving game earlier this season against Cal. Richardson's dad, Paul Sr., played at UCLA.
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