UCLA coach (for now) Rick Neuheisel has spent the last three years giving post-game speeches after every home win or loss.
After the Bruins’ 27-17 “victory” over San Jose State, Neuheisel decided not to stand before the UCLA crowd to address the game like had done so many times before.
“I’m appreciating their participation at the ballgame and appreciation their loyalty to the program,” Neuheisel said to the Los Angeles Daily News. “I wanted them to know everything wasn’t lost when things didn’t go well and how much we appreciated them on days that it did.
“The media wasn’t carrying that message. The media was making it more about me and my conversation. I talked about it with my bosses. They both agreed it was the prudent thing to do. When and if I feel the need to speak to the group, the fans that are so supportive, I’ll be happy to go back and share.”
You have to admire Neuheisel’s willingness to stand and face encouragement and scrutiny equally — he was booed off stage after his post-game speech following a loss to USC last season — but the former quarterback’s honeymoon is long gone unless he starts winning and fast.