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.