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Neuheisel expected to be fired following Pac-12 title game

Lane Kiffin, Rick Neuheisel AP

It’s not often that a head coach finds himself in line for a dismissal as his team’s preparing to play for a conference championship, yet that’s precisely the position Rick Neuheisel finds himself in Sunday morning.

In the aftermath of an embarrassing 50-0 loss to cross-town rival USC, multiple reports surfaced that Neuheisel will be out after Pac-12 South “champion” UCLA gets their heads handed to them by Oregon in the conference championship game Friday night.

The Los Angeles Times writes that “Neuheisel’s chances of retaining his job are bleak, according to influential people close to the program who did not want to be identified publicly because the decision was not final.”  Citing multiple sources close to the program, the Los Angeles Daily News writes that “Neuheisel will be relieved of his duties following the team’s appearance in the Pacific-12 Conference championship game Friday.”

Following the shellacking at the hands of the Trojans Saturday night, athletic director Dan Guerrero would not specifically address Neuheisel’s job status.

“We will do a valid assessment when we’re done strapping on the uniform,” Guerrero said.

Despite claiming the divisional crown, the Bruins are just 6-6 this season.  Were it not for Arizona State’s four-game implosion to end the season that will likely cost Dennis Erickson his job, Neuheisel could very well have been dismissed shortly after last night’s game, if not earlier.

As for potential replacements, the Orange County Register reports that Boise State coach ChrisPeterson, Houston’s Kevin Sumlin and Cincinnati’s Butch Jones the leading candidates.

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14 Responses to “Neuheisel expected to be fired following Pac-12 title game”
  1. BurkieInBoston says: Nov 27, 2011 10:50 AM

    If UCLA pulls a miracle win over Oregon, who coaches UCLA in Rose Bowl? Dumb question, I know … Oh the horror …

  2. 10kmp says: Nov 27, 2011 11:11 AM

    How can you not win at UCLA? Beautiful campus, excellent academics, the very best weather this country has to offer, good (not great) tradition… hell they even have sweet uni’s. I’ve heard that the facilities are an absolute embarrassment. True??? If that’s the case it is a recruiting detriment as kids (and adults) are impressed by plush surroundings. I’ve been to the campus, but didn’t have a look at what the football facilities are like. Playing in the Rose Bowl as opposed to your own on-campus stadium would also be a negative I would think. USC seems to deal with the stadium issue, and a much less appealing campus environment, and still wins big almost every year. Great tradition there though… Neuheisel has had ample time to get it right. Obviously he’s not the right guy. I’m not a PAC12 fan, but I miss UCLA being relevant in college football. It seems like a (semi) sleeping giant to me. Why Mike Leach isn’t a top candidate for this job is baffling. Peterson I get. Sumlin I’m not excited about, but understand the interest. Butch Jones is solid, but not a guy/name who will out recruit Kiffin IMO.

  3. jonrambo says: Nov 27, 2011 11:47 AM

    Dan guerro needs to leave in the same car as Ricky. The basketball team is a joke as well.

  4. soflatrojan says: Nov 27, 2011 12:26 PM

    Last week there was talk of Herm Edwards. I will miss the Weasel.

    10kmp,

    As far as I know outside of Oregon none of the PaC 12 schools have great facilities. I know USC is completing theirs this year.

  5. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 27, 2011 12:28 PM

    Leech should be a top candidate for any job opening but ESPN has made hiring him very difficult with the way they smeared the hell out of him. I think hiring Leech right now comes with automatic sanctions since the NCAA allowed ESPN to do their investigation for them.

  6. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 27, 2011 12:36 PM

    @ 10kmp

    Trying to beat USC in Cali recruiting is one of the reasons why UCLA isn’t winning. Chip Kelly made the smart choice to head down south and bring in talent from Texas instead and it’s worked well for the Ducks so far. That’s why a Sumlin or Leach hire would make sense. If UCLA goes with a Texas guy then, they need to use Troy Aikman in some way to recruit kids from the state. He’s like a God to a lot of younger Cowboy fans.

  7. rexismybff says: Nov 27, 2011 12:51 PM

    God I hope like CRAZY that he somehow pulls out a dramatic win over Oregon, and then some huge win in the Rose Bowl.

    It would just be glorious to watch a bunch of stodgy old hypocrite, whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking, viagara-taking UCLA Trustees wet their pants!

    Not because I like Rick or UCLA – I don’t. But if Rick pulls it off – he will be my NEW best friend!

  8. frug says: Nov 27, 2011 2:30 PM

    @10kmp

    The facilities really are crap, but that’s because UCLA just doesn’t invest in the football program. While the basketball program is a shell of its former self, ultimately UCLA is still a basketball school and that is always going to hold back the football program.

    That said, if UCLA were ever going to make a breakthrough in football, this is the time. The sanctions are going to cripple USC’s recruiting for the next 3 years and the division split severally limits the amount of exposure the northern schools get in SoCal (the conference’s primary recruiting ground).

  9. butteredsanta says: Nov 27, 2011 4:18 PM

    We need to make a big hire here. There is no excuse for the years of losing. Look at Ohio State. One crappy year and they go out and get Urban Meyer. We as UCLA fans need to hold Guerrero accountable for this fiasco. Hopefully he is next to get greased

  10. dkhhuey says: Nov 27, 2011 4:40 PM

    I am truly baffled at Rick N’s dismal coaching performance at UCLA. I thought that was a perfect school and a perfect venue for him to excel at.

  11. thulsakhan says: Nov 27, 2011 5:25 PM

    Hmm happy thought,,,he gets fired after getting obliterated by the DUCKS, I LOVE THAT!!

  12. florida727 says: Nov 27, 2011 6:11 PM

    thulsakhan says:
    Nov 27, 2011 5:25 PM
    Hmm happy thought,,,he gets fired after getting obliterated by the DUCKS, I LOVE THAT!!

    —————————————-

    I’m sure he’s hoping YOU lose YOUR job as well. What an idiotic viewpoint.

    I know 10 championships in 12 years (under Wooden obviously) is an impossible expectation to live up to, I can’t believe they have trouble recruiting the best basketball talent there. Who wouldn’t want to be part of a legacy like that?

    And you’d think football would benefit from it as well.

    I’ve seen the facilities at Florida. NFL teams would love to have them. Considering how much money there is in college football, how can they NOT reinvest in the program to assure themselves a shot at every high-level recruit in the country? Like “10kmp” said, campus, academics, weather, etc. (conveniently forget to mention the girls, 10kmp?), what’s not to like about going there?

  13. cowhawkfan says: Nov 27, 2011 6:38 PM

    Why would Prtersen even think about leaving Boise State? WITH the exception of 1 game eac year, they play a cupcake schedule and will continue to do so if they move to the Big East. They will continue to be in the running for a BCS Bowl every year. Surely, Boise will match any $$ he is offered. UCLA is not a vertical move.

  14. trapshoot says: Nov 27, 2011 7:06 PM

    Slick Rick is out again. Good. Can’t forgive him for the mess he made out of Washington.

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