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Neuheisel done with post-game speeches

Rick Neuheisel

UCLA coach (for now) Rick Neuheisel has spent the last three years giving post-game speeches after every home win or loss.

Not anymore.

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.

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7 Responses to “Neuheisel done with post-game speeches”
  1. stockdogdca says: Sep 13, 2011 2:37 PM

    Interesting how Neuheisel had success at two prior “PAC-12″ colleges in Washington & Colorado however both came with collective “dirty” scandals. Now, with the crosstown rival of USC being hindered/shackled in so many ways of recruiting for the last two years “Noose” is still unable to capitalize and build a successful team. I wonder with all the “checks/balances” implemented when he became the head coach if the reality is that he is the only one not being “creative” in order to produce success in retrospect to all the recent scandals being reported such as : Fresno State, Miami, LSU, Oregon, etc. ?

  2. jdillydawg says: Sep 13, 2011 3:08 PM

    Why, oh why, did UCLA ever hire him? I went to Colorado, saw what a bang up job he did there. I lived in Washington and heard about what a crap job he did here. And now, it is only a matter of time before UCLA wallows in his filth. Why UCLA? Why?

  3. mdnittlion says: Sep 13, 2011 3:18 PM

    Meanwhile @ The Kicked Out of football Coaches Home

    Orderly: Hey guys I need everybody to get ready for a new resident that will be joining us soon, his name is Rick and he got over his head in LA. So let’s be nice and show him the ropes around here

    Mike Leech: We should teach him a lesson and lock him in a closet

    Orderly: Mike we’ve talked about this and Butch Davis & Randy Shannon didn’t appreciate it very much when you did it to them

    Mike Leech: I’m going to go read a pirate book

    Tressel: I can make them win, I’ll just need some cars, a tattoo parlor and a fan base that only wants W’s.

    Orderly: Jim why are you still here didn’t you land a pro job? Ya, but I got suspended before my first day

    John Blake: Did he get in trouble with the NCAA?

    Orderly: No

    John Blake: Then what the hell is the problem with this guy?

    Orderly: He didn’t win enough

    John Blake: Oh tell him not to worry, I know a couple of agents that can hook him up

    Orderly: I’ll make sure to pass that on John

  4. 11inthebox says: Sep 13, 2011 5:30 PM

    Shady as he is, Neuheisel had the right idea about addressing the fans. Including the fans was a sincere thing to do.

    Unfortunately, unless you’re winning every game, most fans don’t really give a sh-t.

  5. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 13, 2011 6:02 PM

    I don’t blame him, would you want to address the media when you only beat San Jose State by ten when they started a backup at QB? The Bruins are a mess, I feel sorry what the fans they have left. I remember the good ol days with Cade McNown, Danny Farmer, DeShawn Foster…. those were fun teams to watch.

    Does anyone else notice UCLA and USC cant fill their stadiums? what a joke…. and L.A. wants a pro team.

  6. trbowman says: Sep 13, 2011 6:50 PM

    Neuheisel is a disgrace. It’ll be a good day for CFB when he’s fired.

  7. tommyf15 says: Sep 13, 2011 9:19 PM

    jdillydawg says:
    Why, oh why, did UCLA ever hire him? I went to Colorado, saw what a bang up job he did there. I lived in Washington and heard about what a crap job he did here. And now, it is only a matter of time before UCLA wallows in his filth. Why UCLA? Why?

    Oh, drama! Why, UCLA…WHY?

    WHY would UCLA bring in an alumni with a winning track record?

    Seriously, you “heard he did a crap job at Washington”? Please just look it up.

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