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Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 1:43 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

UCLA was blown out 50-0 by USC on Saturday night to finish the season at 6-6 and 5-4 in the Pac-12, but thanks to some NCAA sanctions currently in place at USC, the Bruins will be playing in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship against Oregon on Friday. Which means that there's a chance the 6-6 Bruins could end up playing in the Rose Bowl.

Though it doesn't seem that is going to be enough to save Rick Neuheisel's job at the school. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Neuheisel will meet with UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero after the game to discuss his future at the school, and the report says the chances Neuheisel will retain his job are "bleak."

When Guerrero was asked about Neuheisel's job status on Saturday, he responded to a question about whether or not a Rose Bowl berth would be enough to save Neuheisel's job by answering "that we're preparing to play for the Rose Bowl should be exciting for all Bruins fans." An answer that doesn't exactly answer anything. When asked if he would bring Neuheisel back if UCLA reached the Rose Bowl, Guerrero ended the interview.

Neuheisel just finished his fourth season at UCLA, and he's 21-28 in that span.
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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:23 am
 

Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

YOu know we don't need sophmoric morons like you to spew your general hate about a university or a topic.  Take your unhappy life somewhere else.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:46 am
 

Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

Balboadc: $30-50 million is not nearly enough to upgrade football facilities at UCLA.  Boone Pickens has plowed about $200 million into facilities upgrades at OK State, and others have chipped in another $25-30 million.  And they are not done!  There is still an indoor practice facility to be built and an entire athletic village to construct.  They already have the land for it.  In LA, I have to believe the cost would be MUCH higher than in Stillwater, maybe 5 to 10 times as much.  A virtual impossibility.

The real problem at UCLA is that there is no on-campus stadium, nor will there EVER be given the cost of RE on the west side of LA.  The Rose Bowl is under separate ownership, 30 miles away from campus, and direly in need of an upgrade.  It just does not compare to state-of-the-art stadiums all over the country.  Neither does the Coliseum, where USC plays, but at least it's on the USC campus.

In addition, UCLA has shown no interest in hiring a good coach.  They just aren't willing to pay a top-notch coach the going rate, and the on-field results are evident.  It wasn't always so bad at UCLA...they beat USC consistently during the 80s and 90s, and were competitive even during the 60s and 70s when John McKay and John Robinson were leading USC to four NC seasons and many Rose Bowls.  I don't see how they dig out of the hole they've dug for themselves now, though.



Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:44 am
 

Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

"but USC cheats better than anyone in the country, even Ohio State.  As long as USC has the most efficient cheating machine in the country when it comes to enticing football recruits with illegal benefits,"

WRONG. Another idiot with USC envy?

USC didn't pay Bush to come to USC or while he was at USC and USC does not have to pay kids or entice them to come to USC to play football. Stop with the desperate statements. 




Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:36 am
 

Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

When will these stupid little bRuins learn? It DOES NOT MATTER who your coach is....you will NEVER be on the same level as USC



Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:33 am
 

Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

You are a whiny little b   itch



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:16 am
 

UCLA is a losing proposition

UCLA is the most severe "little brother" school in the country, even worse than Michigan State or Texas A&M.  Not only are they inferior to USC, but USC cheats better than anyone in the country, even Ohio State.  As long as USC has the most efficient cheating machine in the country when it comes to enticing football recruits with illegal benefits, UCLA will always be the scrawny puppy that gets the hind nipple.  
 
I hope the milk doesn't taste too sour... 



Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:37 am
 

Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

UCLA alums and fans say they want a top 25 football program....OK. Only two things to do but a bit of $$$ required.

1) Invest in new football facilities. The current facilities at UCLA might be the worst in the Pac-12 and are down right pathetic for a top sports school in LA and a high profile Pac-12 school.  Find a way to raise funds from alums and come up with 30-50 million to create a state of the art facility that contains a training/therapy/weight complex that also houses the coaches offices and players lockers and lounges.

Every program in the Pac-12 has/is currently investing in brand new football facilities thanks to $25 million per year from new tv deal. Do the same or be ready to lag behind Washington State and Arizona. (Cal is a higher ranked school than UCLA and they just hit a home run with their new complex)

2) Pony up the cash for a top tier coach and pay him enough to live in LA. Time and time again, UCLA pays a coach a salary that, when market adjusted, is more in line with rural college town USA instead of Westwood, CA/Southern California.

3) Stop hating USC more than you love UCLA.


 



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:02 am
 

Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

UCLA has a football team?  Who knew?



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

You're immature.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Report: Neuheisel done after Pac-12 title game

Certainly when things do not work out, it is time for a change.  Everyone points the finger at Neuheisel, and he should shoulder much of the blame.  There are some things that need to be considered along the way before we show Rick the door.  First, with UCLA being 15 miles away from USC and USC has been a strong winning program for a long time........recruiting is a challenge.  Recruiting will continue to be a challenge no matter who coaches the Bruins......how in the world to you pitch "possibility" at UCLA against "winning", "national title contender" at USC?  Second is Guerrero; he has the responsibility for hiring coaches at UCLA.  I am certain that Guerrero could not identify a winning football coach if his life depended on it.......perhaps his job should be on the line.  He makes bad pick after bad pick and still collects a big fat check.  Guerrero did not have the credentials to get the UCLA job.  He came from UC Irvine which has no football program and has no athletic team in any sport of any relevence...........how does that qualify him for the job at UCLA? The only way UCLA becomes relevent again is to oust Neuheisel and Guerroro. 
Maybe Ken Norton Jr would be a good choice for coach............and no doubt Mitch Kupchak (UCLA MBA) would be a great AD.
So before Guerrero shows Rick the door, he should take a look in the mirror and show himself the door as well.


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