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UCLA guarantees Neuheisel's position is safe

Posted on: December 2, 2010 10:30 am
Edited on: December 2, 2010 10:31 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

There is plenty of reason for concern in Westwood over the UCLA football program.  Since hiring head coach Rick Neuheisel, the Bruins have gone 15-21, they have zero offensive identity, and despite the coaching of the legendary coordinator Norm Chow - the Bruins have no certainty at the quarterback position.  Neuheisel has already addressed the evaluation process for all the assistant coaches, but what about the evaluation of the head coach?

Even with the downfalls, UCLA still has Neuheisel's back for now.  Athletic director Dan Guerrero stood firmly behind his head coach when questioned about Neuheisel's status with the Bruins for 2011.

“Of course there’s never been any question of that,” Guerrero said outside the Bruin locker-room following UCLA's 55-24 loss at Arizona State on Friday. “There’s no doubt. Why would you ask that question?”

There are many reasons why both fans and critics would question Guerrero's confidence in Neuheisel.  The former Washington head coach was brought in with the promise to "end the football monopoly in Los Angeles," but even with a win over the Trojans on Saturday the Bruins will have failed to pick up more than three conference victories in the brief Neuheisel era.  Scott Reid, of the Orange Country Register, seems to suggest that Neuheisel's critics may also be Guerrero's critics.  If so, and the losing continues, there could be major changes on the way at UCLA.

Since: Sep 12, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:10 am

UCLA guarantees Neuheisel's position is safe

As a USC fan there could not be better news.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 3:55 pm

UCLA guarantees Neuheisel's position is safe

UCLA has to reevaluate how important it is having a nationally recognized football program. It's been disappointing to see the lack of growth and creativity from the Bruins offensively. Some of that does relate directly to injuries at quarterback and the offensive line, but, it also shines light on how big the misses have been for Neuheisel and Chow at those positions. UCLA has enough talent at the skill positions to thrive in a spread offense, but lacks the most important components - quarterback and line play. It's frustrating to see UCLA's inconsitency, frankly, on both sides of the ball. The talent gap between UCLA and the top teams in conference shouldn't ever be as wide as it appears on the field. Just take a look at the past four NFL drafts to see exactly how far our talent level has fallen - especially on offense. This is unacceptable at UCLA. Historically we've been a top 25 program, there isn't a valid reason why we should accept football to resemble what Steve Lavin did to us in hoops. I like Neuheisel, he deserves to ride out his contract, I have faith that they'll improve next year and contend for a Pac Ten crown in 2012. That all just seems so far away from where I sit today.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:31 pm

UCLA guarantees Neuheisel's position is safe

Neuheisel will coach all five years of his contract.  Why? Because Rick is a state employee and the state of California can not afford to buy out  his contract.  The Alumni will not come up with the money to buy him out because they only care about the Basketball program.   They let Karl Dorrell coach all 5 years of his contract and that was in much better economic times.  Look for Rick to be head coach for two more years. 

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:30 pm

UCLA guarantees Neuheisel's position is safe

Uh oh, the dreaded support from the AD.  This is usually the kiss of death.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:00 pm

UCLA guarantees Neuheisel's position is safe

I think the biggest problem UCLA has is with Guerrero.  The Football and Basketball programs have taken a major dive of late, and Guerrero seems not to be the least concerned about either program.   Firing Norm Chow is not the answer.  Waiting for another 2-3 years to see what develops in the Football program is not the answer.  The answer is to fire the A.D. and get some fresh blood into that school.

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:58 am

UCLA guarantees Neuheisel's position is safe

Rick Neuheisel can't coach. Rick Neuheisel can't coach. Rick Neuheisel can't coach. Rick Neuheisel can't coach. Rick Neuheisel can't coach. Rick Neuheisel can't coach. Rick Neuheisel can't coach.

Oh, and one more thing...... Rick Neuheisel can't coach! Repeat that phrase as many times as necessary until symptoms of wanting him as your coach subside. If symptoms worsen, then please fire your A.D. pronto!  

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