Posted by Jerry Hinnen
As has been expected since the moment USC finished their 50-0 demolition of the Bruins Saturday, UCLA has officially fired head coach Rick Neuheisel. Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the decision Monday afternoon.
Neuheisel will, however, be allowed to coach the Bruins in Saturday's Pac-12 championship game at North division winner Oregon. Following the game, offensive coordinator Mike Johnson will become interim head coach and would presumably coach the Bruins in any potential bowl game, including the Rose Bowl. (Barring the massive upset in Eugene, the Bruins would need a waiver from the NCAA after finishing with a 6-7 overall record--a game short of the .500 mark normally required for postseason play.)
In his statement, Guerrero said that he had "great respect" for Neuheisel and "the manner in which he has run this program," but added that he felt the time had come to make a change.
"Decisions such as this one do not come without a great deal of heartache," he said. "However, it is apparent to me that a move was necessary at this time in order to give UCLA the best chance to enjoy the success that we all desire."
Neuhseisel leaves with just a 21-28 mark in his four seasons at the Bruin helm, one bowl appearance, and a 13-23 mark against the Pac-10/12.
Apparently, Guerrero neglected to let Neuheisel inform the team the decision had been made before the news became official. A tweet Monday from from junior tight end Joseph Fauria expressed his frustration: