By Cory McCartney, SI.com
Rick Neuheisel and UCLA have had enough of Pete Carroll and all those hotels he has stacked up on Park Place and Boardwalk.
The new Bruins coach was featured in a full-page ad in the L.A. Times and L.A. Daily News that says "The Football Monopoly in Los Angeles if Officially Over" and shows Neuheisel pointing off into the distance (toward USC, maybe?).
The school is obviously excited about the beginning of the Neu Era, but let us not forget that at this point, the Bruins are bascially still playing with the thimble piece and are dying to pass "Go" and collect $200, while the Trojans and their sack of money token (no Reggie Bush directed pun intended) currently own all four railroads, the utilities and every piece of property but Baltic Avenue. Let's face it: They have more game than Monopoly's manufacturer, Milton Bradley.
It won't change anytime soon. Injuries have the Bruins entering their season with their third option at quarterback in Kevin Craft and there are just seven starters back on both sides of the ball. Rodents don't leave as little left in the cupboards as Karl Dorrell did. The Trojans, meanwhile, and their string of top-flight recruiting classes are eyeing at least a seventh straight trip to a BCS game.
Seriously, UCLA, could there be a better time to tell the Kings of L.A. to make room?
The biggest questions this ad brings about, aside from whether it's already been posted in the Trojans lockerroom are: what would Carroll look like in Mr. Monopoly's hat?; and would he even wear it in fear of messing up his salt-and-pepper locks?
Just remember Rick, when you face USC for the first time on Dec. 6 that "Get Out of Jail Free" card won't actually work.