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AD: Firing Neuheisel now ‘isn’t even a remote possibility’

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Rightly so, the fire underneath Rick Neuheisel‘s coaching seat is scorching hot following an embarrassing and emasculating 32-point loss to a one-win Arizona team, with some concluding that a trip to the coaching gallows could occur as early as this week.

Fortunately for Pistol Rick, and unfortunately for a sizable chunk of the Bruins fan base, his dismissal is not imminent.  Probably.

Speaking after the loss to the Wildcats, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, at least publicly, dismissed talk that Neuheisel could be fired at some point in the near future.  Guerrero said Neuheisel and his staff are working hard, and that an evaluation of the entire football program, including the head coach, will take place at the end of the year.

In other words, Neuheisel has just received the dreaded vote of confidence.

Rick is my coach,” Guerrero said. “I don’t know who is talking about him being relieved early, but it’s certainly not me. He’s a great Bruin. I want to see him succeed.

“We’ll evaluate at the end of the year like we always evaluate and make determinations (of) what we’re going to do at that point. But right now, all this talk about him staying or him going, that does nothing for our team that is trying to regroup and go out there every week and play hard and try to win football games.”

Despite an abysmal 18-26 record in three-plus seasons with the Bruins, Neuheisel still insists he’s the man to get the program back to some type of national relevance.

“My argument is I’m absolutely the right guy for the job; I’m looking forward to continuing in that quest,” the coach said following the blowout loss.

If the current trend continues, and despite Guerrero’s public stance at the moment, Neuheisel will very likely find his quest come to an abrupt end very shortly after the final whistle blows on the 2011 season.

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6 Responses to “AD: Firing Neuheisel now ‘isn’t even a remote possibility’”
  1. hoopsvader says: Oct 21, 2011 10:17 AM

    You offer Nick Saban 8 million per year and he will show up.

  2. v2the4 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:01 AM

    u can offer Saban $20 mill and he wont leave Alabama…

    just goes to show you, when UCLA ran off Karl Dorrell four years ago, even though he was 8 games over 500 overall, they had a coach in waiting, DeWayne Walker, the defensive coordinator….they didnt give the guy a look at all, and he went to the first open job that hired him, New Mexico St…

    in comes Rick, who won at colorado and washington, and was expected to do the same at UCLA….but, he made a promise he couldnt keep, telling USC that a new player was in town……he ran out of ideas on offense, so he picked up the garbage pistol formation from Nevada…..he fired his offensive coordinator in Norm Chow….he cant recruit, cant seem to coach anymore and now, he was blown out on national tv by an Arizona team that just fired its own head coach and had lost eight straight Pac 10/12 games…

    see ya rick….you’re fired!

  3. leftcoastfan says: Oct 21, 2011 11:23 AM

    The problem starts with Dan Guerrero. He has hired two football coaches that no other major program in the country would consider. Both have been utter failures. UCLA football has become a disgrace under Dan’s watch. Time for him to go and for the new AD to hire a tough experienced coach.

  4. mogogo1 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:39 AM

    “Rick is my coach,” Guerrero said.

    Which is why Guerrero will be fired just like Neuheisel will be. How can they still be evaluating Neuheisel? They stink this year and have never finished above 8th the whole time he’s been there. The evaluation has been over for a long time.

  5. tipstopten says: Oct 21, 2011 11:59 AM

    AD needs to go. Basketball is King at UCLA.
    Shame on the AD.

  6. mhalt99 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:57 PM

    You mean UCLA is located in the same city as USC???????? oh that’s why they suck and can’t recruit.

    The football monopoly in Los Angeles is over….THERE!!!!!!!!!!!

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